For far too many years people's diets lacked fats and proteins believing these nutrients would pack weight on and offered little to no value.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Dieters often failed in losing weight and maintaining good nutritional health by blocking these extremely important factors from the their diets.

Good Fats:

Fat not only assist your body in the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K but serves as a trigger for your inner furnace to burn off unwanted foods and calories.  Fats also help you maintain a healthy, properly functioning brain, controls inflammation and enriches your blood for proper clotting.

Good Proteins:

Protein is essential in maintenance and muscular development as well as developing healthy  glands, skin, hair and your organs.  Protein is essential in children for proper growth and development.  Without protein children can develop poorly and have an enormous loss in vitality and energy.  Without good proteins and fats in your diet, you can suffer from malnutrition, hair loss, loss of muscle mass, suffer from sickly skin, fatigue, a poor immune system and in some cases can lead to death.

Protein and fat are found in many different foods.  A healthy diet should consist of vegetables and fruits, whole grains and high protein foods.  Choosing the correct fats and proteins is critical to assure you are consuming healthy fats and proteins vs saturated fats and low value protein.

Medical research has shown that an adult woman should consume 46 grams of protein every day and women who are pregnant or nursing should consume 71 grams per day.  Medical journals strongly believe a woman should take in 20 to 25% of her daily calories from fat.  A 1,600 calorie diet should consist of 35 to 62 grams of fat while a 2,400 calorie diet should have 53 to 93 grams of fat.

Won't Consuming Too Much Protein Put On Weight?

If you do consume more proteins than your body needs, excess calories may be stored away as fat.  However, by eating a low calorie diet and consuming excessive protein can actually cause weight-loss.

Burning stored fats for energy is quite common when including exercise in your daily routine.  A high protein, reduced calorie diet can bring about lean muscle mass while reducing body fat.

All Fats Are Not Created Equally:

Burgers from a fast-food place have approximately 13 grams of protein and 10 grams of fat.  A broiled burger consisting of 95% lean hamburger will give you 22 grams of protein and only 5 grams of fat. Always choose to purchase extra lean hamburger when you get a burger craving. Hamburger is saturated fat and too much consumption of saturated fat can lead to many ailments including heart disease.

Good sources of fats can be found in peanuts, sunflower and sesame seeds, olive oils, soy beans and cocoa butter.  Some vegetables such as lima beans are high in fat and protein but are natural fats and proteins.  Too often consumers shy away from vegetables that have a higher levels of fat than others, these foods are not saturated fat and are good for you.  Vegetables are excellent sources of fats a proteins.

Animal fats can be a little trickier but not difficult to choose from. Higher cuts of beef are very lean and actually the best choices for your protein and fat intake.  They are more expensive but much healthier.  Chicken skins are high in saturated fats and should be removed before consumption.

Hydroponic Gardening and a Healthy Diet:

Many gardeners are turning to hydroponic gardening for a number of reasons.  If you are a city dweller or have little to no room for an outdoor garden, this is an excellent option for growing robust, healthy fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Hydroponic gardens are easy to setup and you can enjoy fresh foods year round. Growing your own produce will eliminate the risk of foods sprayed with pesticides and other unhealthy treatments.

Starting off with a small, simple grow box, a good plant light and the liquid nutrients will get you on the path of enjoying healthy fresh foods at arms reach.  Get with someone who is knowledgeable in hydroponic gardening and you will discover how wonderful gardening can truly be.