The Importance Of Discovering Nutrition

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Carbohydrates are probably the most important macronutrient. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel.
A journal published in Clinical Psychiatry News by Heidi Splete, a medical journalist, discussed a study on low-carbohydrate dieters. Two people in the study died. They had suffered heart failures due to malnutrition. Protein deficiency is another example of how malnutrition can affect the body’s organs. Protein is an important macronutrient to the body. Protein supports the growth of muscles. Muscle growth is very important because practically everything the body does it does through muscle usage. When the body does not have enough protein, it has become malnourished. In Discovering Nutrition, a nutrition textbook, states that “When the diet lacks protein, the body breaks down tissue such as muscle and uses it as a protein source” (Insel et al., 212). Fat is another important macronutrient to the body. Discovering Nutrition also states that for digesting fat, one must have carbohydrates. A carbohydrate malnourishment can lead to the body’s inability to absorb fat. The inability to
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Regarding metabolism, it is known fast is good and slow is bad. A dieter may be led to believe that going on a highly restrictive caloric diet will boost their metabolism. Indeed, the opposite will happen. The metabolism will become sluggish. It is similar to a marathon runner running on few calories. How could he or she be as fast as possible without needed nutrition? Just like the runner the body’s thyroid is running a long race and requires proper nutrition. “The body’s metabolism slows down to avoid demanding more food when none is available…the dieter experiences rapid weight gain once normal eating patterns ensure ” (king). So, if a dieter is trying to lose twenty-five pounds three weeks before a Christmas party, they will most likely experience rapid weight regain after the party when normal eating has

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