Here's Why Nutrition Is the First Step to Successful Weight Loss

Even with the glut of diet information available at our fingertips, an alarming 34% of all adults in the United States are overweight or obese. Sadly, childhood obesity rates are climbing, too. Nearly 13 million kids have a problem with excess weight.

At our private practice in Ruston, Louisiana, acclaimed weight loss doctor Rel L. Gray, MD, helps take the guesswork out of losing weight. We’re passionate about helping men and women take the pounds off once and for all.

His signature program, which draws patients from hundreds of miles away, focuses on nutrition as the first step to successful weight loss. He customizes an eating plan that helps you reach a healthy weight eating foods that serve your body well. 

What is good nutrition?

The short answer is that good nutrition means the right food in the right quantities. Foods that are poor in nutritional value typically come loaded with too much sugar, fat, salt, and calories. On the other hand, foods that aren’t processed and are as close to their natural state support your weight loss and have these qualities:

Minimal refined sugar

Junk food like packaged cookies, candy, and cereal are riddled with refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup and white sugar. These foods are notorious for raising your insulin levels and making it nearly impossible to burn fat. Dr. Gray emphasizes foods with natural sugars that come packed with fiber, such as fruit, like apples and berries, and some starchy vegetables, like sweet potatoes.

Plenty of protein

According to research, protein is a critical nutrient for successful weight loss. Some of the ways it works hard for you include:

High in fiber

When you eat foods like beans, oranges, or flaxseeds that are high in soluble fiber, it slows down the speed of the digestion process. Multiple studies show how foods that are high in fiber help you lose dangerous fat around your midsection.

No trans fats

After years of experimentation, it’s now well known that trans fats, the fat that keeps food shelf stable for months and years, is not only dangerous for heart health, but also causes weight gain. You should strictly avoid all trans fats. 

Dr. Gray uses an ultra-low calorie protocol that prioritizes nutritious, whole foods that amp up your weight loss. His plan helps you make eating whole, real foods easy and satisfying so you can make lasting change. To learn more about nutrition and weight loss or to get started on your own weight loss journey, call our office or request an appointment online.

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