Adapting to new dietary environments
Adapting to a new environment can be uncomfortable at times, especially a new dietary environment. Often weight loss is embarked upon before any real level of preparation has been made, leaving less nutritionally desirable foods still available to serve as temptation and stumbling blocks.
Planning how to shop for food plays a vital role. Deciding ahead what food items are to be left off the shopping list and which need to become a regular feature. When only the healthy and nutritious foods are available, this then takes it place as a delicious food option.
Weight loss vs nutrition
Dietary objectives for weight loss can deprive the body of ever reaching satiety and sufficient nutrient needs to ensure good health is maintained. Focusing on cutting calories by default tends to cut the levels of nutrients that are entering the body, especially if all that is done is to eat less of the foods that were being eaten in the first place.
Sweet, sugary and refined carbohydrate foods leave the body depleted in nutrients and in a state sometimes referred to as ‘hangry’ – very hungry and irritable/angry at the same time. The resultant body physiology of low blood sugar and high appetite will always overpower a person’s resolute will power in the long run. The need to survive is stronger than any decision to cut back on food. Will power will always lose out in this scenario. This is why dietary choices must satisfy appetite first.
Seeking out the most nutrient dense foods (i.e foods that have the highest nutritional value to calorific ratio) and ensuring that they are consumed in abundance can help to resolve the physiological problems so that will power has a chance.
A shift away from the consumption of processed / fast foods and back to naturally occurring, unprocessed plant and animal produce is one of the the most simple steps in order to reduce calories and increase nutrient intake.
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