Have you been dieting for a long time, eating the same foods, and doing the same workouts, and not seeing much, if any movement, in the scale or mirror? If so, know that you are not alone, as this is more common than you think. And it is not that you are doing something wrong, necessarily. Sometimes, to break a plateau, you just have to flip everything over and do the opposite.
For those not familiar with the sport of sumo wrestling, the winner of a sumo match is the first wrestler to force his opponent out of the ring, or the first wrestler to force his opponent to touch the ground with any part of his body other than the bottom of his feet. Elite sumo wrestlers typically weigh in between 300-500 pounds. These athletes are extremely large men, with immense strength and surprising quickness and agility. Today’s article explores their daily nutrition.
Last week, in part I, I discussed macronutrients and several reasons why good nutrition is important. As a reminder, nutrition is the supply of materials, as food, required by the body’s cells to stay alive. Stated differently, nutrition is the science of consuming and utilizing foods. This week, the topic will focus on micronutrients (vitamins …
What is good nutrition? Human biology requires seven types of nutrients, which includes the 3 macronutrients (protein, fats and carbohydrates), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), and water and fiber. This article will cover the 3 macronutrients as well as several reasons why you need to pay attention to what you eat.
In 2018, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published weight loss data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. According to the CDC web-site, the “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The …
Why is Nutrition Important
Scientists and medical professionals may not always agree on which foods are best for us, but there is general agreement that a healthy diet will prevent malnutrition and protect against many diseases. Below are several important reasons to consider cleaning up your diet and improving your nutrition.
Good Nutrition Improves Both Physical and Mental Health
It’s obvious that good nutrition leads to better physical performance, in the sense of less bodyfat, more muscle and lower disease risk. However, the Mental Health Foundation reports that approximately 65% of those who eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily report no mental health issues. This is significant because mental health issues are rising dramatically in the western world.
The Cost of Poor Nutrition
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, good nutrition could prevent at least $71 billion per year in medical costs and lost lives, by reducing diet-related coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. What’s perhaps most remarkable about this statistic, is that it does not include other diet-related illnesses, so is likely understated!
Maintains Your Immune System
The immune system is the body’s defense against disease, and poor nutrition is the number one cause of immunodeficiencies worldwide. Maintaining a healthy immune system requires an adequate consumption of vitamins and minerals.
Healthy Diets May Lengthen Your Life
Food is necessary for humans to survive, but the process of breaking down food, metabolism, causes stress on the body. Research done at Columbia University showed that 18% of deaths among Americans can be attributed to obesity. Diets that are rich in nutrients have been found to have a positive effect on life expectancy.
There are many good reasons to improve your nutrition, and hopefully, this article has helped to provide you with the motivation to do so. If you need help getting started, please contact me for a free consultation.