Eating the right foods is crucial for success on a low carb diet for various reasons.
The impact on weight loss
Another reason is that each food has a different effect on your health. These factors aside, there are other reasons food selection is crucial: it impacts weight loss results. Why so?
One reason is that certain foods are more filling than others. If you mostly eat satiating foods, you will have fewer hunger pangs and find it easier to control your total food intake. Foods high in protein, fats, and fibre are generally the most satiating.
The micronutrient content of your food
Another reason selection is essential is that your micronutrient content varies across foods you eat. In other words, certain foods have more vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and other beneficial compounds.
These nutrients are essential for losing weight because they influence factors such as fat burning, hormone production, athletic performance, energy production, and metabolic rate.
Zinc is an example of such a nutrient. Not getting enough of it can impair fat loss by down-regulating metabolism. This means that you will burn fewer calories each day.
Other micronutrients that impact body weight are calcium (supports metabolism and fat burning), potassium (reduces water retention, which makes you look slimmer), and iron (benefits workout performance and energy production).
Focus on eating nutrient-dense foods
If you focus on eating nutrient-dense foods, you will find it easier to achieve and maintain your ideal body weight.
Here is an example: eating grass-fed beef cooked in coconut oil is superior for losing fat to KFC grilled chicken.
When you pay close attention to eating the right foods your weight loss journey will not only be more effective, it will be more enjoyable.