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The four corners of healthy nutrition for weight loss

Unfortunately, the largest portion of nutrition programs or diets for weight loss fail because they are not built on a comprehensive foundation that addresses all the important components of nutrition programming. The following is a framework for creating a healthy, effective nutrition program that creates permanent results.
Make small consistent changes. While it is tempting to make resolutions and dramatically change the way you eat in order to lose weight, wholesale changes in your nutrition can create several issues that can keep you from realizing your fitness goals. Changing your diet drastically can create problems with digestion, sleeping, irritability, energy levels etc. These types of issues can quickly derail your efforts toward making a change. I have had many clients who simply started by drinking a glass of milk or a protein shake instead of skipping breakfast altogether. A simple change of this nature may be the first and only change made for the first 2 to 3 weeks. Once the small change has been made consistently you can move on to some other alteration and continue to build a healthy, sustainable nutrition program.
Fad Diets are temporary at best. Human beings are omnivores. This means that we are designed to eat meat, plants, grains etc. Eliminating any one of these items completely is most often a sure fire way to set yourself up for failure. Diets like Atkins, South Beach etc. are acceptable as a “jump start” for the first two weeks. However, after the initial two weeks, you are now depriving your body of nutrients that it needs to keep you healthy.
Nutrition programs must be comprehensive. Your nutrition program must take into account a list of variables that make up the whole picture of where you are and what you are trying to accomplish. Likes and dislikes with regard to food taste and preferences are crucial. If you are on an exercise program, the nutrition must be designed in support of the exercise program in order to supply your body with what it needs to recover and repair. Your nutrition program must be sustainable over a long period of time. These are just a few of the variables that must be considered. 
You must be in it for the long haul. Small, healthy changes implemented consistently over time will create a foundation that you can build on. This process will help you formulate a nutrition program that will result in effective weight loss, increased fitness levels and long term health.
Always consult your doctor or a licensed dietician before beginning any nutrition program.
 Healthy meals make healthy bodies


  • Omar Banghart 5 years ago

    Great article Tom, I agree with you 100% and share these same principles with my clients.