When it comes to achieving weight loss, many people go for either opting for a singular goal like losing body fat for example: either they go on a low-calorie diet or they go on a starvation-like diet, in order to lose weight quickly. Unfortunately, neither of these methods actually address the real cause of your obesity: the way you eat. This is where nutrition coaching can play a vital role: the way your body uses food determines whether you lose body fat or gain body weight, and the proper nutrition coaching can help you learn how to eat healthily to help you with both of these goals.
Let’s first take a look at what it is that makes up food. In short, food is basically carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that help our bodies to perform the various functions that we need.
The way you eat determines how much energy your body has available, how well your body burns fat, and how your body’s ability to use fat to fuel your body decreases or increases. The most efficient way to accomplish all of these things is by eating a diet that is high in nutrients and low in carbohydrates – or by eating a diet that is high in calories and low in nutrients.
Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy; they are broken down to glucose and used to burn fat and release insulin into the bloodstream. Foods that contain high levels of carbohydrate are called “fast foods” because they contain large amounts of carbohydrates. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans are good sources of carbs that will not give you excess weight but also help the body use energy efficiently. Foods that contain too much fiber and are hard to digest are also bad choices for helping to burn calories; these include refined sugars, white flour, high-fiber cereals, processed grains, wheat bran, and dried beans.
Foods that contain lean protein are essential for the body to make muscle, as well as help maintain a healthy digestive system. Protein is also essential for building strong bones and teeth. Foods that contain fat are good options for burning calories; these include dairy products, nuts, whole wheat bread, fish, and lean meats. However, it is important to avoid fat-rich foods like fatty fast foods and fried foods, canned foods, and dairy desserts, since these will take a long time to break down and will make it harder for your body to absorb and use the fats they contain.
It is also important for your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins, like Vitamin E and A, that are found in foods that are rich in them. For this reason, foods that have a lot of saturated fat are usually not a good choice when it comes to dieting, since these fats cannot be absorbed easily by the body. Foods with plenty of fiber are also a better choice; these include vegetables and fruits. Fiber is essential for helping the body to absorb nutrients and fats from foods, while the fat-soluble vitamins help the body digest and eliminate the toxins that are in foods.