Loopholes: Nutrition Gaps That Slow Weight Loss

When asked what they would do to lose weight, the first answer is often something along the lines of “spend more time at the gym”. Burning calories aids weight loss, so why do those spending an hour on the treadmill still see slow progress, if any? The answer could be hiding gaps in your nutrition!

Nutrient-dense foods tend to be the ones that don’t come with long ingredient lists, unpronounceable ingredients, or preservatives which leave us with real food.  Real food is natural for our bodies to digest and utilize. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are essential for a healthy body and healthy lifestyle. If you look at what your body does on a daily basis, you’ll see that those vitamins and minerals are required in order for them to happen. 

Nutritional gaps can directly slow your progress and lead to symptoms that impact your ability to maintain the lifestyle that is going to get you to the finish line.[1] See which of these common nutrition mistakes may be causing you weight loss troubles:

 

Cutting out Carbs

While most nutrition experts and dieticians would direct you to lower your carbohydrate intake to lose weight, you shouldn’t cut them out completely. Healthy carbs such as whole-grain bread and brown rice are high in nutritional essentials such as fiber, B vitamins, and folic acid.  Without them, your body lacks the glycogen levels for your muscles to reach peak performance.[2]  This makes it harder to burn calories and maintain a high metabolism which can slow your weight loss efforts.

The Fix: 

Carbs aren’t evil; they’re fuel, and eating a low-glycemic impact diet is about eating healthy, slow carbs instead of no carbs.  Instead of cutting all carbs out of your diet completely, focus on avoiding refined carbohydrates and finding sources that are whole grain and low-glycemic impact. It’s important that you have an exercise regimen as well, as well as a way to manage carb cravings if you know portions and self-discipline are areas that you need a little extra support! Try finding a supplement or program that can give you the support you need to make those healthy choices, such as TLS which offers coach support, supplements, and customizable eating plans!

 

 

The Fat Fallacy

There was a time when “low-fat, no-fat” was a mantra in the weight loss world.  Companies everywhere capitalized on this trend, filling the shelves with high-sugar but low and no-fat alternatives even today. But fat is no longer the enemy.  Health professionals now stress your body’s need for healthy fats for everything from brain to cellular functions.[2]

It’s especially important when you’re trying to lose weight.  Fat helps you feel full, satisfied and keeps your blood sugar stable so you don’t constantly feel hungry throughout the day. It also burns slower than other common fuel sources such as sugar, which means it helps you remain active and focused during your workout instead of burning out halfway through![2]

The Fix: 

If you remember one thing, make it this: don’t fear healthy fats!

Your body needs it.  Just be sure you’re sticking to healthy kinds such as plant-based unsaturated fats and watching your portions. A thumb-sized portion is a perfect addition to veggie and protein dishes.

 

 

Missing Magnesium

Did you know that magnesium is required for energy production? Not many people realize how important magnesium is, but it’s essential for over 300 of your body’s daily operations![3] Most people don’t meet their recommended daily intake and there can be some pretty serious consequences such as:

  • Slow athletic recovery
  • Muscle cramps/spasms
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Low stress tolerance
  • Hormone imbalance

How does this affect your weight loss?  Think of it this way: how likely are you to stay disciplined, choose healthily, and stay active if you aren’t sleeping well, are more stressed than usual, and have sore or cramping muscles?  Not to mention that hormone imbalance can directly affect your body’s ability to manage weight.[3] 

The Fix:

Try including more foods such as dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, and whole grains.  If you find that your diet doesn’t allow for enough of these foods, consider adding a magnesium supplement into your daily routine! If you’re already using Isotonix, you’re in luck! You can simply add this supplement to your daily cocktail and you’ve already met your daily needs!  Giving your body this key nutrient can help keep your cells and body working at its best so you can feel good, stay active, and make the healthy choices that will lead to weight loss success!

Giving your body this key nutrient can help keep your cells and body working at its best so you can feel good, stay active, and make the healthy choices that will lead to weight loss success!

 

 

Which common weight loss habits do you have questions about? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

Resources:

How a Nutrient-Dense Diet Fights Fat
http://www.lifetime-weightloss.com/blog/2015/9/27/how-a-nutrient-dense-diet-fights-fat.html

2 When Your Healthy Diet Isn’t So Healthy
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/healthy-diet-mistakes#3

6 Signs You Could Be Magnesium Deficient
https://www.liverdoctor.com/6-signs-magnesium-deficient/

Tayler Glenn

Tayler Glenn

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