The Importance of Good Nutrition for Weight Management

The Importance of Good Nutrition for Weight Management

by Stephanie Meadows

More than 20 percent of the United States adult population is obese, which presents a major public health concern. Losing weight and keeping it off can be a daunting task. It is often hard to imagine making drastic lifestyle changes, such as starting a new diet. Being on a nutritional diet plan has its rewards, yet staying on this type of diet can be the hard part, especially if you don’t have the right resources and experts, along with the motivation to guide you along the way. You see, it’s not just about willpower alone; with the right support system, you can achieve great success.

Good nutrition is vital to successful weight loss and management, and for overall good health. Several benefits of good nutrition are: improvement in cholesterol levels, reduction of high blood pressure (hypertension), and an increase in overall energy. Many of us have tried one or more of the many fad diets, or in the past have experienced the vicious cycle of unhealthy weight loss and regaining that weight. Some of the popular diets suggest eliminating certain food groups, while others suggest taking mega-doses of vitamins. The fact is, this "yo-yo diet" cycle often leaves you discouraged and no closer to your weight loss goal. A good weight loss and management program incorporates good nutrition, behavioral changes, and physical activity.

This isn’t breaking news, as doctors know that know yo-yo and crash dieting is linked to heart disease, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, inflammation, and, ironically, gaining more weight. Yet, these ineffective treatments are still pushed on you, insisting they will make you not only thinner, but also healthier. The stark reality is that 97 percent of dieters will regain everything they lost. But the majority of folks don’t take into account the importance of an overall program that involves supportive coaching and lifestyle changes.

Why is a Balanced Diet and Nutrition Important?

A balanced diet is important because your organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively. Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance. Children with a poor diet run the risk of growth and developmental problems, and even poor academic performance. Bad eating habits can persist for the rest of their lives, as how a child is raised often sets the table for how they will live.

A healthy diet may help to prevent certain long-term (chronic) diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The USDA reports that four of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States are directly influenced by diet, which are heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

To learn more information on how to achieve good nutrition to manage your weight, call Colonial Healthcare at (803) 773-5227 to request an appointment. Your  health and wellness is important to us!