As a dietitian, while providing weight loss tips, I always explain to our patients how we all have an incredibly unique relationship with our own bodies.
And like all relationships, it should include giving and receiving.
However, we tend to neglect our own bodies and pursue plans without consideration.
For example, many may skip eating meals because they find themselves busy at work or with family and next thing they know, it’s 4pm and no food (a.k.a nutrients) were provided for the body. And although the individual may not experience short term consequences, their body begins to suffer.
We must all remember, our bodies are machines and run with food, that’s our fuel!
A malnourished body comes in all sizes, it’s the simple truth. When the body does not receive the nutrient it needs, it will eventually begin to show.
These signs include fatigue, irritableness, hair loss, weak nails, weakened immune system, or appetite changes.
As a weight management dietitian, I always explain to others the risks of rapid weight loss.
Although many may be interested in the latest diet trend, it must be known that it can come with risks. Unhealthy procedures for weight loss can lead to nutrient deficiencies.
So, although the scale may go down, other things may also change and can negatively affect the individual’s health.
Everyone should ask themselves if they want to look healthy or actually be healthy when pursuing weight management goals.
Individuals who find themselves with nutrient deficiencies will highly benefit from first talking to their health care provider (i.e. gastroenterologist) and discussing possible lifestyle changes.
The course of action will be dependent on the root cause of the deficiency.
For example, if an individual practices a strict diet, lost weight and found they may be deficient with certain nutrients, they may simply have to adjust to a new diet (less restrictive) and supplement for a short period of time until the deficiency is gone. However, individuals with certain chronic health care conditions may have to supplement for a longer period of time with supervision and follow ups with their provider.