Why Nutrients Matter for Weight Loss

During your medical weight loss program you’ll be encouraged to make long-term changes to your diet. This will include making habit changes like eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water and cutting out processed and fried foods.

These are some of the most popular components of eating a “healthy” diet, but why are they healthy, exactly?

Nutrients are your body’s primary form of sustenance and nourishment. The body cannot produce nutrients on its own, but instead relies on the foods we eat to deliver it the nutrients it needs to thrive. There are six essential nutrients; and each play a different role in our ultimate health and well-being. When your body lacks a certain nutrient, it will often become unable to function ideally.


The six types of nutrients are:

The amount of each nutrient you require daily depends on your height, size and dietary needs—details that your weight loss doctor can help you to better understand.

When you follow a diet well-balanced with the above nutrients, your body is able to function optimally. Of course, not all eating habits will contribute to ideal nutrient levels. In fact, it is possible for your body to enter a state of malnourishment while you are overeating. Despite excess weight, your body might be starving.


Increase the nutritional value of your food by:


You can start making healthier choices in your diet by paying close attention to nutrition labels, which outline just how much of each nutrient is in the food you are about to eat. As you lose weight, do your best to start focusing on the health aspects of your diet. By making fundamental changes to how you approach foods, you’ll become better able to manage weight loss long-term.

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