Nutrition for Weight Management in New York

When you don’t feel your best, you can’t do your best. With our busy lives, it’s easy to overlook our bodies’ ways of telling us that there’s a problem. This is especially true when our gut isn’t feeling well. You may brush it off as a nuisance stomach ache caused by the fried food you ate a day ago. Or you may think it’s stress. While it could be both, you may be surprised to learn that your poor gut health could be caused by your nutrition. Nutrition doesn’t only contribute to your gut health, but also your weight. Poor nutrition can lead to weight gain or weight loss. GastroCare LI is a group of dedicated, medical professionals who specialize in gastroenterology. Our New York gastroenterologists are deeply compassionate to our patients who seek our care because they’re in need. We don’t take their trust for granted. We work hard to pinpoint the issue and create a care plan to treat that issue and get our patients back to optimal health. If you’re dealing with poor gut health and are having a difficult time managing your weight, contact the New York nutrition experts of GastroCare LI. Book your first appointment online or by calling us at 516-265-7049. At your appointment, we can discuss your health concerns and determine the best treatment plan to help you start feeling better.

How Your Nutrition Can Affect Your Weight Management

Your nutrition can have a direct effect on your ability to manage your weight. If you’re not consuming nutritious foods, it can cause you to either gain weight or lose weight. Additionally, poor nutrition can cause you to develop medical conditions or diseases that can cause weight gain or weight loss.

The Effect of Your Nutrition on Your Weight

carbs are bad for gut healthNutritious foods are rich in vitamins and minerals that are necessary for your body and its systems to function at their best. When you aren’t giving your body the nutritious food it needs and are instead eating and drinking unhealthy foods and drinks, it can lead to weight gain. For example, a diet high in simple carbohydrates like white rice and white bread can cause spikes in your blood sugar. Increased sugar levels are a common cause of weight gain. Additionally, less nutritious foods are less nutrient-dense. High consumption of these types of foods is more likely to leave you feeling more hungry. There’s a pretty strong link between overeating and weight gain, especially with a lack of physical activity.

Nutrition and Medical Issues

Poor nutrition can also cause medical issues that can affect your weight. Consuming a diet high in simple carbohydrates can cause you to develop diabetes, a disease in which your body can’t regulate your blood glucose levels. Weight gain is a common side effect of diabetes. You’re especially at heightened risk of developing diabetes if others in your family have the disease. Nutrition is also believed to have a link to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in women, for example. As the name suggests, this medical disorder causes reproductive issues in women, such as irregular periods and infertility. Research has shown that many women with PCOS are insulin resistant, meaning their body has a hard time using its insulin for energy. Instead, their body will store the insulin as fat, which leads to weight gain. Proper nutrition can help manage the symptoms of PCOS, like weight gain and obesity.

Gut Health and Weight Management

Believe it or not, the gut can be the source of many health issues. Healthy guts contribute to healthier bodies. The gut contains trillions of bacteria, both good and bad. Your gut, ideally, should contain the perfect mixture of bacteria dictated by your body’s needs so that your body can function optimally. When the mixture of bacteria in your gut is compromised, it can be more difficult for your body to digest the foods you eat, which can lead to inflammation. Inflammation can, in turn, lead to weight gain. Similarly, poor gut health can throw off your body’s sense of hunger. Microbial imbalance in your gut can reduce your body’s ability to measure its satiety, which could lead to weight gain.

A Balanced Diet

The phrase “balanced diet” can be more complex than it seems. The truth is there’s no one size fits all approach to creating a balanced diet. Each person’s body may require different mineral and vitamin-rich foods based on their needs. In general, when you’re looking to clean up your diet or are examining whether you’re actually consuming a nutritious diet on a day to day basis, be sure your diet includes the following foods:
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  • Whole grains
  • Protein
  • Water
Try to limit your intake of alcoholic and carbonated beverages. Try substituting red meat for more lean meat and poultry. When it comes to monitoring your carbohydrate intake, be less concerned with the number of carbs you’re eating and more concerned about the kind of carbs you’re consuming. Complex carbs like many fruits and vegetables are much more healthy than simple carbs like white rice and potatoes. Even foods that are fried in flour, a complex carb, aren’t as healthy as a complex carb like avocado. Ultimately, you’ll want to speak with a knowledgeable authority, like the gastroenterologists at GastroCare LI, for help deciding what the best diet is for you and your body.

Call GastroCare LI Today

If you’re looking for help managing your weight, you’ve come to the right place. GastroCare LI can work with you to guide you down the best path for better weight management by crafting a nutritious diet. As gastroenterologists, we care about your gut health and its effects on your overall health and quality of life. You don’t have to give up on feeling your best. With GastroCare LI, we can help you on your journey to healing, so you can conquer each and every day of your busy life. Call us today at 516-265-7049 to schedule a consultation.
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