Eating right is an essential part of your overall wellness and weight loss success, but you don’t have to learn about nutrition on your own. With the help of wellness expert Diana Patton, FNP-C, and her team at Empower Weight Loss Associates in McKinney, Texas, you’ll start learning which nutrients your body needs and in what amounts. When you begin planning your meals around proper nutrition, you’ll start losing weight naturally and feel better overall.
“Macro” basically means large, while “micro” means small. Macronutrients are substances that your body needs in large amounts: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Micronutrients, which include all vitamins and minerals, and some other nutrients, are essential for running nearly every process in your body, but you need them in much smaller amounts. The foods you eat contain both macro- and micronutrients.
You just need to make sure those macronutrients are proportionate in your diet. Carbohydrate-rich foods, including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, are important for providing fuel for cells. These foods also give you fiber, which helps keep you regular, and a slew of vitamins and minerals.
While fat sometimes has a bad reputation — it has more than double the calories of carbohydrates and protein per gram — you need fat in your diet. It helps produce hormones, protects vital organs, and regulates your body temperature, to name a few functions.
You just need to learn which types of fats you should be getting. Healthy fats, like mono- and polyunsaturated fats, can improve your heart health. You’ll find these healthy fats in avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil.
Of course, you don’t have to stop eating everything you love. After all, cutting out all the things you enjoy might cause you to binge on them when you’re having a bad day. You’ll meet with a nurse practitioner at Empower Weight Loss Associates who will want to know which foods are your weaknesses. She’ll teach you all about portion control, so you can learn to cut back instead of having to give up everything entirely.
If you know that chocolate is your comfort food, for instance, your dedicated weight loss team can help you work through your cravings. Sometimes cravings stem from boredom. Before taking in that extra 250 calories from a sugary candy bar, go perform a task like making your bed or putting the laundry away. If you focus your mind on something else, you might forget all about that chocolatey treat altogether.