Cutting our diet or balancing our diet are 2 different things. Balancing our diet is always important to maintain good health and if you ask me what is the definition of a balanced diet is that it has recommended portions of proteins, carbohydrates, and fat. And it has enough quantity of minerals and vitamins which provide us the needed vitamins and minerals. For example, people who are vegetarian, do not have enough vitamin B12 in the diet.
The second thing is most of the diet do not have enough iodine which is required for our thyroid hormone synthesis. Most of us, even very young age do not get enough calcium. And all of us lack vitamin D because we do not spend enough time under the sun.
So, we need to make sure we have enough vitamin C. We have vitamin B complex and vitamin A and vitamin D also. In the US, the vitamin D, milk comes fortified with vitamin A and D and the salt comes fortified with iodized salt, so this is how we provide our vitamins and minerals requirements. But diet, yes, when we talk about losing weight, it should be done under the supervision of the medical profession where your whole health should be evaluated before we consider long-term diet management. But the golden principle in diet management is that yes, we cut down your food intake by about 500 calories a day and then based on that you should lose about 1 pound or 0.5 kg every week and we continue as we get close to achieving our body mass index or we achieve our target in the weight loss. Even 10% weight loss, even though we do not get close to our body mass index is very, very healthful and very healthy.