Even a 10% reduction in weight can improve overall health and longevity. Functional nutrition strategies empower the individual to set and achieve realistic goals.
Food supplies both nutrients and calories (energy). All calories come from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Nutrients however come from other non-food factors -vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals.
Key to weight loss or maintaining ideal weight is about understanding how to maximize your food intake consistently. The term nutrient density has several meanings. Most commonly, nutrient density is defined as a ratio of nutrient content to the total energy content. Nutrient-dense foods provide substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals, fiber and water and are almost always low-calorie foods.
Energy dense foods are “empty calories” foods such as processed foods, foods containing added sugars, high fat foods and alcohol.
Consciously consuming nutrient dense food is key to improving overall health and achieving your ideal body weight. By consuming predominantly those foods that have a high proportion of nutrients to calories will not only help you to lose and or maintain your ideal weight but also may have disease preventing and immune building properties.
Poor quality food choices are the underlying factor not only in obesity but many other diseases and premature death.
My approach to functional nutrition focuses on identifying your unique nutritional profile and developing realistic protocals that will enable you to naturally optimize your health while also gradually losing any addiction or desire for empty calories.