-Nutrient Tracking versus Calorie Tracking-

Excess body weight is a contributing factor to many chronic diseases. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excess body weight increases an individual’s risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, liver and gallbladder disease, respiratory issues, sleep apnea, arthritis, and cancer, among other conditions.

For those struggling with excess weight, what is the best way to lose those excess pounds that contribute to the development of many of the chronic diseases people suffer today? Is the answer as simple as consuming fewer calories and exercising more? Or, should we shift our focus and consider what food means to the body to gain a better understanding of how the human body was designed to manage and maintain a healthy weight effectively?

Let’s take a look at two ways to think about the foods that we consume and the effect they have on the body…