How Proper Nutrition Helps You Lose Weight
It seems so easy. If you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight. So why is it so difficult to lose those extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight?
Reducing the number of calories you consume and/or burning more calories is the basis for many weight loss programs. In theory, it should work like a charm. By burning more calories, fewer of them will be stored as fat in your body. That, combined with reduced calorie intake should put you well on the road to weight reduction.
Unfortunately, focusing purely on the calories you consume and burn turns weight loss into a numbers game. As anyone who has struggled to shed unwanted pounds knows, it’s just not that simple.
Changes in your diet and/or activity levels, as part of a weight loss program, can put your body under stress. Too much calorie reduction, too much activity and too much weight loss can actually make it more difficult for your body to cope with the changes, which, in turn, makes it more difficult for you to reach your desired weight.
Calories are a measure of the energy contained in food. Your body needs food energy to perform all its functions. When calorie intake is reduced too much, your body adjusts and reduces its caloric requirement. That means, even on a calorie reduced diet, you may consume more calories than your body needs.
Similarly, if you increase activity and start to lose too much weight (more than two pounds per week) your body adjusts by using the protein in your muscles to get the extra energy it needs. With less muscle tissue, your body’s metabolism slows down, which means it must work harder to burn the same number of calories as before.
One way of looking at it is, when you turn weight loss into just a numbers game of reducing or burning too many calories, your body actually works against your efforts to lose weight.
Nutrition to the Rescue
Clearly it is essential to give your body everything it needs to help it cope and achieve the weight loss you need. Proper nutrition, through eating the right foods and using the right nutritional program with proper supplements, allows your body to function properly while you lose weight.
Instead of working against your weight loss, your body uses the proper nutrition you give it to work with you to help you get the results you want.
If you would like to start losing weight while maintaining proper nutrition, a qualified health counselor can help you lay out a plan that is specific to your personal weight loss needs.
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