Every healthy eating plan needs to meet four goals:
Meet weight and blood sugar goals
Provide adequate nutrients
Allow enjoyment of eating
Why it matters: A nutrition plan that doesn't meet all 4 of these goals is generally destined to fail over time.
A bit deeper:
Meet weight and blood sugar goals. Simply put, you want to eat the right amount of the right foods to keep from accumulating excess body fat or driving up your blood sugar.
Provide adequate nutrients. Sufficient macronutrients - protein, fat, carbohydrates - and micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, are needed to allow your body to perform all of its normal functions in a healthy way.
Allow enjoyment of eating. Humans are designed to savor food, all the flavors, aromas, temparatures, and textures in our mouths. We also are wired to eat in community and enjoy each other in the presence of food.
Be sustainable. Your nutrition plan must be something you can maintain. If it takes too much effort or strain to stick to, it won't serve you over the long term.
Going Deeper: Here are two videos I made in the past to dive deeper into nutrition strategy:
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Dr. Christopher FoxI am a board-certified endocrinologist in Superior, CO, and I have been in private practice since 2003. People I work with achieve success when they learn all the ingredients of healthy lifestyle and the system to consistently follow through on good intentions. I use my knowledge of endocrine science, psychology, neuroscience, and human behavior to help people make meaningful, lasting changes in their health that they can sustain long-term.