To Lose Weight, Stay Nutritionally BalancedPosted: October 5, 2017 in Healthy Eating by Craig Primack MD FACP
While weight loss is great for aesthetic reasons, and fitting into an old pair of jeans is one of the most rewarding feelings after weeks of hard work and self-control, the most important reason to lose weight is to support your health. Which is why losing weight in the healthiest way possible is important. There are a lot of diet trends out there that encourage weight loss by having you eliminate certain foods from your diet, leading you to swap out what would be a healthy diet with some sort of weight loss magic formula.
As a general rule, a healthy diet is a balanced diet. The only time it is healthy to start eliminating foods from your daily diet is when you are under the direct supervision of your weight loss doctor. Your weight loss doctor may recommend meal replacement products, which are nutritionally complete alternatives to traditional foods that make it easier to lose weight by ensuring that you are getting all of the nutrients that you need to thrive as you cut down on your food choices.
Carbs, Fats, and the Need to Stay Balanced
Attempting to cut out food groups on your own can lead you down a path towards ill-health. Even some of the most fundamental ideas about weight loss can have some poor effects on your health if you aren’t careful.
For example, a recent study has brought to light the potential danger with following one of the most popular weight loss options out there—the low fat diet. According to researchers from the PURE study, which looked at more than 135,000 people across 18 different countries, eating a diet rich in carbohydrates is far worse than eating a diet rich in fats. Even saturated fats are better for your long term health than are carbohydrates according to this latest bit of research.
The researchers behind the study even go so far to say that following a diet that is low in fat but high in carbohydrates can lead to higher risk of mortality than not following any form of diet plan at all.
Of course, this is just one piece of research being contributed to a field that is rich in different research ideas. This idea that cutting out fats could be dangerous for your health, especially if it opens the door to increased consumption of carbohydrates, is further evidence in the argument for working with a weight loss doctor as you decide to cut items from your diet. Keeping your diet balanced as you make adjustments to your food choices is crucial in staying healthy as you lose weight.