Most people think reducing food intake to drop body fat is a good thing.
But, when we reduce food intake, we reduce the nutrients our bodies get from food. And most people who are on a severely restricted diet will most likely have a nutrient deficiency.
For example, if we don’t eat enough dietary fat, we don’t correctly absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K, which can lead to deficiencies of these fat-soluble vitamins.
In fact, nutrient deficiencies are widespread - 68% of the North American population is deficient in calcium, 90% in chromium, 75% in magnesium, and 80% in vitamin B6.
Extreme cuts in food intake can not only cause nutrient deficiencies, but create disordered eating, anxiety, obsession, injuries, illness, and disruptions to relationships and life.
At best, you may binge on sweets for a few days, gain the weight back, and get a minor injury.
At worse, you spend months or years recovering.
So, instead of trying to EAT less, I recommend a focus on getting MORE of the good foods first.
Vitamins and minerals are found in many fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. They cannot be made by the body (except for vitamin D from the sun), so we must get them from food or supplementation.
Vitamins and minerals play a role in normalizing bodily functions, promoting optimal health, improving nutrient partitioning and promoting fat loss and muscle gain.
I want you to remember if the number on the scale drives you to feel bad about yourself and act in ways that aren’t consistent with who and how you want to be in the world, then it is not a tool that serves you.
If you notice that you’re spending a lot of time and energy on a quest for a “someday” ideal body, rather than enjoying and living in the one you have right now—especially if it’s coming at a cost to your health!—perhaps it’s time to change your measuring stick.
Your healthy weight may be different than what you envisioned, but by not allowing the attachment to an ideal body weight rule your life, you may find that you’re stronger, fitter, faster, and happier.
You are the expert of your body. Please get to know it, understand it, listen to it, and appreciate all it does for you.
What you should do now
I have been where you are and I have women all over the world (just like you) transition to eating a plant-based diet. If you are looking for a guide to help you find the healthiest way to eat, check out these blog posts it is a great place to start.
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