Nutrition vs. Dieting: What’s the Difference?

Paleo. Vegan. Atkins, South Beach, Keto, and more. Everywhere you turn, there’s a new diet guaranteed to “blast fat” and “boost energy.” While fad diets may help you lose a few pounds, you’re probably going to put them right back since the diets are not usually sustainable.

At High Point Medical Clinic in St. Robert, Missouri, Linda J. Morgan-Evans, MD, takes a holistic approach to nutrition and weight loss. She carefully tailors your meal plan to give you everything your body needs and provides supplements to give you higher levels of energy and improved overall health. The result is a balanced diet and a general feeling of well-being as you approach your goal weight safely and effectively.

Why diet is a four-letter word

The word “diet” wasn’t originally geared toward deprivation. Sadly, now it’s been irretrievably linked to denying yourself food, making everything you put in your body subject to a good or bad standard of judgment.

Buying into the idea that certain foods are “bad” and others are “good,” and trying to lose weight by cutting out entire food groups won’t get you the results you need, and it might even do the opposite of what you want. 

Instead of focusing on counting calories or points, or eliminating every hint of meat or carbohydrates, focus on giving your body what it needs: nutrition!

Feeding your body the right way

In a way, fad diets are pretty simple. You simply stop eating certain foods. But that’s also why diets are doomed to fail. They’re just not sustainable. In contrast, nutrition-focused plans start with assessing your body’s current state and determining what it needs to work and feel better. 

A calorie deficit is generally needed to achieve weight loss, but you don’t have to starve yourself to reach it. Research shows that the easiest way to reduce calories is to choose high-quality foods. When you feed your body whole grains, vegetables, yogurt, nuts, and fruits, you can still enjoy a rich, diverse range of foods. 

By building your meals around wholesome ingredients, you naturally give your body what it needs to maintain strong bones, muscles, and joints. Diets can’t do that, because they’re built on denial. When you cut out certain food groups without taking into account the loss of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in those groups, you can damage your health.

In some cases, even the best nutritional plan won’t give you all the vital nutrients your body is deficient in. In such cases, supplements can help rebalance your body and put you on the path to better health.

Do you want to lose weight and get healthy by giving your body the nutrition it needs? You can. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with High Point Medical Clinic today.

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