Inflammation is known to be the root cause of multiple forms of disease, ranging from heart disease to diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and many digestive disorders. It’s also one of the most overlooked causes of the weight problems. Weight loss diets will come and go, and while some may work temporarily to lower the number on the scale, many create larger problems over time due to the fact they rob the body of nutrients and contribute to inflammation. One of these examples is the low-fat craze that took place years ago with fat-free cereals, cookies, chips, peanut butter … you name it. Then there was the Slim Fast approach, nothing but chemical concoctions dressed up with fancy marketing, and later came diets that involved counting, routine measuring, and other less-than-optimal approaches.We can all agree that got us nowhere except malnourished, hungry all the time, and likely with more food cravings than when we ever dreamed of. This isn’t how nature intended for the body to work. This way of living is not what eating is about, nor is it what our bodies require to be healthy or maintain an optimal weight—which is different for everyone.The Key to a Healthy, Happy Body:Nutritional BalanceWhen it comes to managing your weight, nutritional balance and consistency are important. Various ups and downs throughout the years aren’t healthy for the body, not to mention confusing. Extremely low (or high) calorie diets are naturally inflammatory to the body; they put a strain on the cells and major organs. They can also interfere with other processes of the body ranging from heart, digestive, blood, and other functions. These problems alone also lead to inflammation, repeating a vicious cycle.