Trying to Lose Weight? A Surprising Reason Why You Struggle
Do You Have a Hard Time Trying to Lose Weight?
You're not alone! Trying to lose weight can be difficult, especially if you're not enjoying enough food variety in your diet.
Weight-loss plateaus and fatigue are common complaints among those who make the switch from a high-carbohydrate Standard American Diet to nutrient-rich, real foods.
This is a frustrating place to be in your journey toward improved health: you eat all of the right foods, but the honeymoon stage of your lifestyle change is clearly over.
This is often the result of a repetitious diet that lacks variation. Healthy foods packed with nutrients can suddenly transform into sources of empty calories.
As explained by nutrition expert and author Dr. Cate Shanahan:
". . . Even if you eat plenty of nutrient dense foods like meats and dairy you may, if you are eating the same things over and over, be forcing your body to convert many of those repeated nutrients into fat."
If you stay in this pattern it can be detrimental to your weight loss goals--both physically and mentally--as the discouragement of a flabby waistline tempts you to give up and revert to old habits.
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A Healthy Diet Needs Variety
Nutritious whole foods like wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, and organic vegetables are always better than vegetable oils, processed soy burgers, and hot fudge sundaes. But if you want to enjoy optimal health and body fat, you should include a variety of foods.
It is easy to get caught in a rut. With an abundance of poor choices available in the supermarket, there is always the temptation to stick with certain foods as your safety net.
But too many calories from one particular nutrient, like a certain amino acid or natural fat, can become too much for your body to use and ends up stored in your fat cells.
Avoid Lack of Nutrients By Eating Different Foods
Diets that contain processed foods lack essential nutrients, so the switch to real food promotes quick weight loss and a greater sense of well-being.
But these benefits can fade when repetition leads to excess in certain nutrients and a deficiency in others.
Nutritional deficiencies can cause problems like skin rashes, digestive problems, and fatigue. Establish food variety by consistently making changes to your personal menu, creating assortments of food choices that bring about a balance in both macronutrients (carbs, fats, proteins) and micronutrients (like vitamin C and fat soluble vitamins).
The Natural Human Diet Has Always Included a Variety of Foods
In the past, people included a greater selection of foods in their diets than we do in modern industrialized nations.
All parts of an animal were consumed, not just the lean muscle meats.
A nutritional array is found in traditional diets around the world. They all include meats cooked on the bone, fermented foods, raw foods, and/or organ meats, but vary depending on cultural practices and local availability.
Full access to a wide assortment of foods has its pros and cons, especially if you're trying to lose weight. Having almost everything available at all times is a good thing, but it can also lead to repetition and excess in some nutrients and deficiencies in others.
Eat seasonally and maintain food variety to support good health and make nutrition fun!
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