Nutrition. Food. Diet.
What is food? Food contains energy, macronutrients, micronutrients, fiber, phytochemicals, water, and organic molecules. All of these play a significant role in our bodies.
Micronutrients: Vitamins and minerals we need in our diet. Without them, our bodies break down. (will have more blog posts about these)
Phytonutrients that occur in plants are protecting our DNA against free radicals, protecting against cancer, and decreasing the risk of heart disease, and reducing overall mortality.
Zoochemicals are found in animal products. Reduce inflammation and blood clotting, protect against heart disease, suppress cancer cell development, and inhibit complications from diabetes.
Food is energy. Without enough energy, our bodies do not work right. Many people still have a very aggressive approach to losing weight such as restriction diets. Wich gives a reverse effect (and its a minimum side effect you can expect). Without food our bodies start to shut down processes that we don't really need to survive: reproduction (problems with hormone balance), metabolism, and brain function.
Too much food will bring us too much energy. And that is not so good either.
Proper balanced nutrition helps to control our energy levels. And as a result of it, we stay healthy, strong, and fit.
Nutrients can help our bodies work better, live longer, and help us to achieve our athletic goals (even if you are not an athlete, don't wish to be one, and only trying to be fit).
When we try to lose some fat to be fit, we have to take a closer look at what we eat. We make our bodies work more than usual, that is why our bodies need energy, extra vitamins, minerals, and much more.
Nutrients help us to perform at our best and therefore get us closer to our desired physical appearance.