Today, a number of Americans are faced with health problems caused by overeating, a consistent
sedentary lifestyle, and a wild over-consumption of processed foods. According to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, 67% of adults age 20 and over are overweight, and 35.1% of those
adults are considered obese. Because being overweight can potentially lead to chronic health issues
such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes, bringing body mass index back to a
healthy level can make the difference between a fulfilling, exciting life, and one riddled with life-long
struggles against disease. Unfortunately, a lack of education in proper nutrition has led countless adults
to desperate weight loss diets, leaving them underfed, discouraged, and (as a results) more tempted to
return to an unhealthy lifestyle. In today’s blog post, we’ll explain why adjusting your diet to a nutrition-
focused lifestyle is more effective than starving yourself on fad diets, and how you can start losing
weight through better nutrition.
The Benefits of Proper Nutrition
When faced with the question of how to lose weight, many people immediately begin eliminating their
entire daily intake of fat, sugar, or carbs. While these are all reasonable starting points, many people
become too consumed in eating less, leaving them not only hungrier, but also nutritionally starved.
Instead, most doctors insist that a well-balanced, nutrition-based diet is the (full of nuts, vegetables,
fruits, and healthy carbs) is the best way to lose and maintain a healthy weight. The benefits of eating
nutritionally dense foods include improved heart health, stronger bones and teeth, increased energy
levels, among countless other health benefits. Now that we’re aware of how beneficial proper nutrition
is to your health, let’s take a look at a few different eating habits you can adopt to fuel your weight loss
routine and reach your fitness goals.
Eat More, Eat Healthier
As we mentioned earlier, a number of diet plans being circulated in the health industry suggest dieters
should eat less in order to lose weight. Well, we beg to differ. While we agree that people should eat a
great deal less processed foods, we strongly believe that the best diet plans encourage people to snack
more, not less, with a focus on healthy snack foods like apples, carrots, snap peas, and dark chocolate.
Because processed foods contain high levels of fat designed to make you feel full, cutting them out will
leave you inevitably hungrier, more often. To curb your new appetite, start eating more frequently
throughout the day, with a focus on small meals and snacks such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Not only will this tactic help curb your hunger throughout the day, it will also begin to catalyze your
metabolism, as you are now eating foods that are higher in fiber.
Convert to Whole Foods, and Consider Organic
Compared to non-organic foods, fruits and vegetables that are grown in an organic environment are
believed to be healthier and less likely to harbor chemical residues from the pesticides and herbicides
used to prevent bugs and disease. Although the FDA has yet to admit that organic foods are more full of
antioxidants and vitamins than foods farmed in standard environments, choosing organically grown
foods is preferred if you can handle the significant cost difference of switching to an organic diet.
Regardless, simply choosing to reduce the amount of processed foods in your diet will make an
enormous difference. Start by cutting out foods with processed ingredients such as enriched flour,
glucose, sucralose, and more. Then, start to transition from fatty meats to lean protein sources. For
example, instead of choosing standard cuts of beef and pork, try eating more chicken, turkey, seafood,
egg whites, and beans. When your body and cravings start demanding beef or pork, stick to leaner cuts
with less fat; if possible, choose organic, free-range cuts of meat to ensure you aren’t consuming any
chemical residue left in the meat from animals raised in corporate meat mills. Once your body has
adjusted to the shock of less processed foods, try switching your preferred dairy products to an organic
brand, as studies have proven that dairy products that were produced organically have more
antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids than dairy grown without organic policies.
Substitute Meals with Nutrition shakes and Supplements
While eating a healthy diet alone can be enough for people who are already near their target weight,
individuals who are putting themselves on a diet to loose twenty or more pounds may need additional
help to maintain their weight loss regimen. When a healthy diet and exercise isn’t enough to help you
lose weight, substituting meals with nutrition shakes and diet supplements may be a good alternative.
Because liquid nutrition is easier for the body to digest than solid foods, the vitamins and minerals in
each nutrition shake will be absorbed through the bloodstream quicker, allowing you to feel more full
without taking the time to make a full, health-oriented meal three times a day.