Overweight and Undernourished?

Sixty-nine percent of adults living in the U.S. are overweight or obese.  Despite the fact that we overeat, many of us are actually undernourished.  Many of us have deficiencies or are low in Vitamin D, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Folic Acid, Iodine, fiber, etc.  And with all the extra calories we are eating, we are still missing the recommended daily servings of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and dairy.  We are getting plenty of protein and saturated fat though.   If weight loss is your goal, try to eat mostly nutrient dense foods and less empty calorie foods.  If you focus on meeting your nutrition needs and eating enough of healthy foods from each food group, you won't have space for the foods your body doesn't need.  Your body works best with the proper nutrients and even though this is more long term, you can start to feel a difference instantly.  And lastly, don't be fooled by the stereotype that thin people are healthy and fat people are unhealthy.  I would rather you be a little overweight but strong and well-nourished than thin and weak and under-nourished...and I hope you do too!
Get back to the basics and check out the USDA guidelines for your needs.  It's a great way to get back on track or keep up a healthy lifestyle.

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    Interesting concepts to think about, thanks! I liked the USDA's "what counts as a cup? tables."

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