What Does Balanced Eating Really Mean?

by Deborah A. Klein, MS, RD

To achieve balanced nutrition

At every meal and snack you eat, have a balance of macronutrients -- protein, carbohydrate, and fat to provide sustainable energy. Aim for approximately 50% of calories from carbohydrate (choose whole grains, fruit, and green leafy vegetables most often); 20% to 25% from protein; 25% to 30% from fat (

If you wait longer than 5 hours to eat, your metabolism slows down, your body gets into a hibernation mode and thinks that you're living during a famine, therefore you store more fat.

Eat optimally balanced meals and snacks, within an hour to 1½ hours after waking and every 4 hours throughout the day, maximum is 5 hours, to keep your sugar levels stable, increase your metabolism, help prevent fat storage, and to be energized all day!

The bottom line for knowing how much to eat: Be "in tune" with your hunger level, listen to your body! Your body knows how much it needs!

Deborah A. Klein, MS, RD is the world's first Livitician®, a term she coined as an alternative to dietician. Her mission is to educate others on achieving optimal wellness through balanced eating, intrinsic coaching and exercise. Deborah holds Master's of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition. Deborah has a private practice where she educates and offers her clients "A Plan to LIVE for!" She is also the "Ask the Nutrition Expert" at Pregnancy.org.

Deborah lives in Southern California. She is a mother of 2 boys, Hayden (7 years) and Eitan (5 years).

Copyright © Deborah A. Klein. Permission to republish granted to Pregnancy.org, LLC.