Sometimes I'm overwhelmed by the array of dietary lifestyles that exist. There are people who cut out certain foods, like vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free folks. There are those who support a paleo diet, while others swear by intermittent fasting's benefits. If you're anything like me, it can sometimes feel confusing to have to find one lifestyle that's healthiest for your body, so one thing I like to consider when I'm learning about a new way of eating is what its scientific benefits are. According to a new study, eating plenty of carbs and protein-rich foods can boost your heart health, so if you want to focus on cardiovascular strength, you might want to give this strategy a try.
A new American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study looked at the long-term dietary habits of the Tsimane, an indigenous community in Bolivia. According to ScienceDaily, the researchers found that the Tsimane diet, which is high in carbohydrates and protein and low in fat, seems to be associated with a low risk of heart disease, especially when combined with regular physical activity.
The good news is, according to Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RD, LD/N, nutrition consultant forRSP Nutrition, it's not that hard to get a healthy balance of complex carbs, protein, and a little bit of fat into every single meal. "You can absolutely spread the macronutrients throughout the day at your preference," she tells Elite Daily in an email. "This is part of a concept called intuitive eating, which includes the notion that we should choose foods for each meal or snack that sound and look appealing, and not necessarily adhere to a strict 'plate formula.'"
Experiment with some of these tasty foods, but don't give yourself a hard time if you aren't in love with all of them. Just take a note from Ariana Grande and say, "thank you, next," then try something else.