Choose Nutrient-Dense Foods! Nutrient-dense foods are those foods that provide the most vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients for the fewest calories. They are the exact opposite of “empty calories.” Choosing the highest quality foods helps make the most of your daily caloric intake, and should provide the majority of calories in any healthful diet. Different sources define what constitutes a nutrient-dense food differently, but most experts would agree that nutrient-dense foods are wholesome and additive-free.
When you are lowering your calories in order to lose fat, you have minimal to no room for “empty” calories. You must stick to nutrient-dense foods. If not, your body will not allow you to get rid of excess fat storages. OR it will only allow you to do so for a short amount of time before you WILL gain it all back (and likely add more).
When I give my clients the following analogy, it really sinks in:
When money is flowing into your checking account at a good and steady pace, you are OK with money leaving/spending money. Right? But what happens when the income flow slows? You immediately go into protection mode and stop the spending! No money in means no money out.
It is the same with nutrients in translating to fat-shedding. If you are not giving your body adequate nutrients, it is NOT going to allow fat to leave. This is unfortunately why you see many people cut calories down low but not see any results. But if all the nutrients are going in, your body is ok with fat leaving. We have to develop a metabolism that trusts you. And that starts with nutrients.