A Balanced Diet Ensures Proper Nutrition
Before you cut an entire food group out of your diet, be sure you can adequately replace the nutrition it provides with another source. It’s often difficult to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs when you’re on an elimination diet.
Take dairy, for example. Some people cut out dairy because they believe it’s fattening, while others worry about the hormones that are sometimes pumped into cows. But one cup of milk provides a third of the calcium you need in a day. You’d have to consume 13 cups of raw kale to get that same amount.
Eliminating Certain Foods May Not Result In Weight Loss
Despite popular belief, eliminating entire food groups from your diet won’t help you lose weight. You may experience some weight loss initially if you cut out carbs, for example, but that’s mostly due to the wide array of foods that fit into the carb category.
It’s certainly true that consuming too many refined sugars and processed carbs (think donuts and white bread) causes health concerns such as diabetes and heart disease. But avoiding healthy carbs (whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables) leaves you lacking in your body’s main source of fuel.
A Lack Of Nutrients Can Lead To Health Issues
A nutritional deficiency occurs when you don’t get the micronutrients necessary to prevent and fight off ailments. Examples of nutrients people are often deficient in include:
- Iron - Found in red meats, egg yolks, and dark leafy greens. Lack of iron causes things lack anemia, fatigue, and weakness.
- Vitamin A - Found in milk, eggs, green and orange veggies, reddish yellow fruits. Deficiency can lead to poor eye health and reproductive problems.
- Vitamin D - Found in fish, mushrooms, egg yolks, and liver. This vitamin is crucial for healthy teeth and bones.
These are just a few examples of nutritional deficiencies that lead to health problems. If you’re considering an elimination diet to lose weight, talk to a health expert to make sure you’re getting the nutrients your body so desperately needs.
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