Is a Nutrition Deficiency Keeping You From Losing Weight?

Is a Nutrition Deficiency Keeping You From Losing Weight?

When you don’t get enough nutrients from the foods you eat, or your body fails to absorb them, you can end up nutritionally deficient. You probably know nutrient deficiencies can stunt a child’s growth, cause fatigue, or result in skin disorders. What you might not realize is those nutrient deficiencies can actually stop you from losing weight and achieving your desired physique.

Not getting enough food, in general, can prevent you from taking in the nutrients you need. Overeating can likewise lead to being undernourished. At MyFitBody 360, we review your eating habits and help you choose foods that promote good health, weight loss, and optimal nutrient intake. When you get the right balance and amount of nutrients, your body is better able to burn fat, stabilize hormones, build muscle mass, and balance blood sugar.

But I’m overweight — I’m clearly getting enough food

It’s very possible to eat a lot of calories and gain weight without getting quality nutrients. Highly processed foods, fast foods, and sweets contain a lot of empty calories, meaning they don’t have much in terms of essential nutrients. This includes quality versions of macronutrients, such as protein, healthy fats, and whole-grain carbohydrates, as well as micronutrients such as magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium.

An undernourished body, meaning one that’s missing essential nutrients, has a slower metabolism. The calories you do consume aren’t burned efficiently and turn into fat.

But with weight loss, I eat less — how do I get the nutrients I need?

Cutting back on calories doesn’t mean you have to cut back on nutrients. Focus on whole, unprocessed foods that are nutrient-dense. These include:

  • Lean proteins such as chicken breast, lean beef, and tofu
  • Whole grains
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Healthy fats from nuts, avocados, and fatty fish

We can help you develop an eating plan that includes these foods but doesn’t overreach your caloric needs. You gradually lose weight with an eating plan designed to meet your preferences, health needs, and nutrient deficiencies.

We can also take into account other factors that can cause weight loss resistance. These include inadequate sleep, hormones, and stress. Of course, getting a high-quality, nutrient-dense diet can often resolve these factors, too.

How do I know what nutrients I need to lose weight?

We perform a complete review of your current diet and help optimize it to include more of the vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients that seem to be missing. You want to eat better foods, not just rely on supplementing with pills.

The types of nutrients we focus on include:

  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Omega 3 fatty acids

Nutrient-based treatment can help reset your metabolism to put your body back in balance.

At My Fit Body 360, the weight loss team gets the big picture of your health and eating habits. We may ask you to keep a food diary and undergo screening tests, such as a DEXA scan to measure your body composition and a test to measure your resting metabolic rate. We can then recommend an optimal nutrient intake for your activity level, size, weight loss goals, and health.

Men and women in Washington, Minnesota, who are ready to lose weight and keep it off for good should call our specialists at My Fit Body 360 or request a consultation using our online booking tool. A thorough evaluation of your current habits is just one step toward a healthier size.

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