There’s a lot of debate about whether the quantity or the quality of your food is more important. As we’ll explain in this article, both matter, but it’s the quality of your food that will make the biggest difference overall!

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Weight and Body Composition

While optimal health is the most important thing, weight management is at the forefront of a lot of people’s minds, so we’ll start there. Your weight is tied to both the quantity and the quality of your food. No matter how healthy or unhealthy your food is, overeating will lead to weight gain, and undereating will lead to weight loss. It’s not quite as simple as that, of course—everyone’s body is different—but it’s the basic mathematical idea behind weight management.

But even more important than your weight is your body composition, which reveals more about your health than your weight does because it takes body fat and muscle tissue into account. This is where the quality of your diet makes the biggest difference! Eating enough protein helps you maintain your lean muscle tissue as you lose weight, while being nutritionally-deficient will cause you to burn both muscle and fat as you lose weight. And because nutrient-dense foods tend to help you feel full longer, as we’ll discuss below, you’ll cut down on overeating without counting a single calorie!

Satiety

Have you ever eaten a sugary or salty treat and then found yourself hungry again just moments later? That’s because the quality of the food you eat makes a big difference in whether or not you feel full after a meal. Nutrient-dense foods, especially those that are high in protein or contain fiber, are more satisfying than foods that are nutritionally deficient. If you want to feel fuller longer, focus on the quality, not the quantity, of the food you eat for each meal.

Athletic Performance

Whether you hit the gym five days a week or simply enjoy adding a little physical activity to your day, the quality of the food you eat can completely change your ability to perform. Fueling up with complex carbohydrates will give you the strength you need to push your limits, and consuming carbohydrates and protein after a workout will help your body recover and build lean muscle tissue. Of course, quantity matters because it’s important to eat enough food to fuel your workouts, but it’s even more important to focus on the quality of your food to get the most out of your performance!

Overall Wellness

Let’s wrap things up by considering your feeling of overall wellness. The quality of the food you eat plays a huge role here! With a high-quality diet, you’ll enjoy a wider variety of nutrients, so your body will function more efficiently. You’ll have more energy, you’ll feel stronger, and you’ll be more able to do the things that you enjoy. You’ll spend less time stressing out about calorie-counting, and since you’ll be eating more satisfying foods, you won’t be walking around hungry all the time. And, of course, you’ll feel better emotionally because you’ll know that you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs to thrive!

As you work toward optimal health, make sure that you’re focusing on the quality of your diet overall. For more tips to transform your life physically, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!