Nutritional Balance v/s Calorie Count: which is more important?
September 2, 2019
September 2, 2019
It’s National Nutrition Week, a good time to revisit some of the myths surrounding diet and weight loss. Let’s take a look at the concept of a calorie deficit, for instance. We’ve all been told that to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn.
However, this is not entirely true. If someone that is completely inactive reduces their calorie intake in order to create a calorie deficit, their nutritional needs cannot be met. This could lead to nutritional deficiencies and muscle loss, leading to new health problems. That said, it is important to keep an eye on your calorie intake, and maintain it as per your physical activity levels in order to lose weight.
Research has shown that a nutrient balanced diet always trumps one based on calorie count. Studies have shown that diets solely based on calorie count can actually lead to malnutrition. This is why it’s important you know about the essential nutrients your body needs.
To lose weight and stay healthy, you need to focus on getting enough carbs, protein and fat instead of just counting calories (like a 100-calorie pack). You’ll be more energetic and stay full for longer, which in turn will help you burn fat. Remember, the ultimate intention is to lose fat without compromising on your health.
So rather than focusing on just calories, take a look at your food choices too. Here are some nutrition tips you should follow:
If you are trying to lose weight, you want to maximize nutrients while reasonably minimizing calories so you can satisfy your body’s needs while still being in a moderate calorie deficit. Restricting your calorie intake too much by eating very less can spoil your health and adversely affect your health, and cause your metabolism rate to take a hit.
Ideally, you should ensure healthy eating in order to lose weight in a healthy manner. Follow the tips mentioned above, and continue to eat healthy, and stay healthy.