Accelerate Your Weight Loss with Better Nutrition
You’re enjoying a relaxing night at home when suddenly it hits you. That old familiar food craving. Maybe it’s for something sweet, like chocolate, or something salty, like a bag of chips. Whatever the craving is, it often isn’t the healthiest choice.
You might find yourself wondering why you’re craving junk food and how to stop it. Did you know that complete and proper nutrition can actually cut those cravings and even help you lose weight?
Cravings usually mean that your body is missing something. Your body is hungry for the right kind of nutrition.
Tanya, from Better Raw, explains how cravings work, stating that “cravings are not quite the same as hunger, in fact, they couldn’t be more different. Hunger is controlled by the stomach and craving by the brain.”
While it’s totally okay to give yourself a treat once in awhile, if you’re on the road to weight loss, it’s nice to know how to beat the craving by giving your body what it’s really looking for.
What does getting the ‘right’ nutrition mean?
Cravings, as we mentioned, mean your body is looking for something that you’re missing, nutrient wise.
The body needs seven basic nutrient classes to survive: minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fiber and water.
Let’s do a quick breakdown of what these nutrients do for your body.
Carbohydrates are your body’s main energy source. These come in either simple or complex forms. They mostly come from plant sources.
Protein is a major structural component of cells and is responsible for the building and repair of body tissues. Proteins are made up primarily of amino acids.
Healthy fats are also an energy source and are your brain’s main fuel. Fat also allows your body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K. Some fats can be made by your body (e.g. omega–9s), others can’t and must come from your diet (e.g. omega–3s and –6s). Even saturated fat is healthy in moderation.
Vitamins cannot be made by your body on its own, you must get them from food. Plants produce vitamins but our bodies can store them. Sometimes our bodies convert things into vitamins, like UV radiation from the sun, which we convert into vitamin D or carotene from food, which we convert into vitamin A.
Minerals have a variety of functions. Some of them support fluid balance in your cells, others catalyze enzyme reactions, conduct nerve impulses, support muscle contraction or function as structural elements in your body. There are macro minerals (those you need more than 100 mg of per day) and micro minerals (those you need less than 100 mg of per day).
Fiber needs to come from your food too. It aids digestion and prevents you from becoming constipated. It can also positively impact blood sugar by slowing down your body’s absorption of sugar through your intestines. That’s one of the reasons why getting sugar from whole fruits is preferable to getting it from juice, where the fiber has been removed.
Finally, water helps to transport nutrients to cells and remove bodily waste, as well as supporting other bodily functions. You lose water when you breathe, sweat and digest food so you need to constantly be replacing it.
When you’re not getting the nutrients your body needs, which could come from any of these seven categories, you can suffer both mentally and physically.
The thing is, you may think you’re getting enough of these nutrient types every day but how do you know for sure?
According to a Huffpost article by Kristen Kirkpactrick, health problems often stem from “poor dietary habits that lead to various nutritional deficiencies. These problems typically do not surface overnight; instead, they build up over time, making them harder to notice.”
How can I tell if my body needs more nutrients?
Aside from the cravings, you can tell your body is lacking nutrition if your hair is drier than usual, if you notice premature signs of aging, poor oral health, reduced brain function (e.g. memory issues, sluggish thinking), digestive issues, a difficult time healing wounds, frequent fatigue, a weak immune system and extreme weight gain or even an unhealthy loss of weight.
In this post, we’re going to focus on weight gain and how it links to cravings and related nutritional deficiencies.
In Kirkpatrick’s Huffpost article, she also goes on to explain how “unintentional weight gain typically indicates that your diet is heavy on empty calories that are packing on pounds but providing little nutritional value to your body. In order to help maintain weight, it is important to increase your consumption of nutrient-dense foods.”
The problem with putting a lot of unhealthy foods into your body, which often happens due to cravings, is that this then becomes what your body craves.
According to Living Whole, “Your body stores an impression of everything you’ve ever eaten – every flavor, texture, and chemical make-up of what’s gone into your mouth. If your diet isn’t full of a wide variety of foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, quality protein, and flavors (beyond salty and sweet), it will crave the only source it knows of to obtain what it needs…brownies, cookies, chips, anything fried…”
The most common cravings are easy to break down.
We’ve got a whole blog post, right here, that breaks down some of the more common cravings and explains what they’re really telling you.
For example, chocolate cravings are often just your body needing magnesium. Some cravings can even signify dehydration. Check out the whole post for more insight into the specific deficiencies that are causing you to crave.
Not only can these cravings lead you to choose unhealthy options, but they can also lead to overeating.
So basically, cravings can lead to a vicious cycle. You crave junk food, you give it to your body which can lead to extra calorie consumption and weight gain.
Meanwhile, your body still isn’t getting the healthy foods packed with nutrients you need, leading to more cravings and weight gain.
How do you break the cycle?
What can I eat instead of the junk I’m craving?
Breaking the craving cycle doesn’t have to be hard work. Instead of reaching for the junk food you’re craving, reach for a food that’s high in what you’re low on.
If you’re trying to lose weight, it may not necessarily be about eating less but instead about eating more of the good stuff. Focus on what you should be eating and you’ll start to notice a change.
Be proactive — don’t wait for a craving to hit, do your best to get adequate nutrition every day and you may find that those cravings disappear.
Make a conscious effort to drink 2–3 litres of water each day. Eat 2–3 servings of whole fruits and vegetables at every meal. Make sure that healthy fats and protein are incorporated into your meals and snacks every day, ideally through whole foods but also through good quality supplementation.
There are a number of superfoods that can really help because they have so much in the way of nutrition packed in. Spinach, salmon, sweet potatoes, blueberries and nuts are all great examples of delicious foods that you can pick and choose from every day.
When you get out in front of the problem with good nutrition, your body will stop asking you for the bad stuff, because it’ll already be full of the good stuff it wants and needs.
There is one superfood that definitely stands out above the rest in terms of giving you the nutrients you need in your diet every day to improve not just your weight, but your overall health.
That superfood is phytoplankton.
How can phytoplankton help?
If you’ve been reading our blog, you probably know a bit about phytoplankton already, but we’ll give you a quick recap.
Marine phytoplankton is a single-celled aquatic microorganism or microalgae. It’s the basis of the aquatic food chain and is also incredibly valuable for humans as a nutrition source because it is so nutrient-dense (meaning, lots of nutrition in very few calories).
The list of nutrients found in a serving of phytoplankton seems almost endless. Containing omega–3s, amino acids, a variety of vitamins and minerals, chlorophyll, trace minerals, antioxidants and more, phytoplankton is one superfood that is bound to help you fill the nutritional gaps in your diet.
Marine Phytoplankton is a great way to boost your metabolism and overall energy levels. This is great for weight loss and cutting cravings, because you won’t feel the need to reach for that sugary treat or caffeinated drink for that energy boost.
It also has high levels of chromium, which according to NutritionExpress regulates blood sugar and helps insulin move sugar, so it can be burned and used as energy. This process in turn aids in weight loss, helping your body metabolize fats, sugars and carbs.
As if phytoplankton wasn’t amazing enough, it’s also ridiculously easy to get your phytoplankton simply by adding it into a glass of water or a smoothie. Hello hydration!
Marine phytoplankton works hard to improve your health at a cellular level, which is an important, yet often overlooked aspect of weight loss. Keeping your cells healthy, means keeping your body healthy.
Where can I get raw, clean phytoplankton?
We’ve got you covered. Our Oceans Alive is a terrific example of this superfood. Oceans Alive is a blend of two strains of phytoplankton that are suspended in trace mineral solution, adding additional health benefits. The phytoplankton we use in our blend is fresh, raw and unprocessed.
Want to know what else phytoplankton can do for your body? Check out our Top 10 Benefits of Phytoplankton blog to see why adding phytoplankton to your daily routine can do a lot of good for your health.
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