THE FOOD MISTAKE THAT MAKES US FAT, REFINED CARBS- There’s a reason why there are many low carb weigh loss diets and programs and you’ve heard about the stories of carbs and weight loss or weigh gain. So lets take a look at what happens when you eat refined carbohydrates, which are essentially simple chains of molecules. These carbs are easy energy for the human body, but hard to find in nature. We developed our sweet tooth so we’d seek out berries and other high nutrients fruits which were among the only real sources of these sugars in the natural world. So our bodies are built to seek them out constantly, and to digest them rapidly.
As soon as they hit your mouth, your saliva starts braking them down and your brain throws a party: sweet, it says, keep on eating! When you eat a slice of white bread your digestive tract reacts as if its 4 tablespoons of sugar: it instantly breaks down those simple carbs into glucose, a blood sugar that can be used to fuel all the activities you pursue from a mere breathing to a marathon. But if you fail to show up at the race, what happens to all that stored energy? Your body uses the hormone insulin to shepherd excess glucose into fat cells.
Early in your life, your body is very efficient at doing this. Insulin flows and it mops up all the extra glucose in your bloodstream and packs it into your muscle, fat, brain and other organs’ cells. But as we become older and less active, our bodies become less efficient with glucose. A lifetime of too much soda and sitting on the couch will cause insulin to preferentially guide glucose into your fat cells. (you muscles do not need it). So after each high calorie meal, your body’s 50 billion fat cells get their next load of energy. And each fat cell gets even fatter.
That, multiplied by 160 million people, is what was happening in our country during 80′s and 90′s, and the early part of this century.
Now let’s turn ourselves to a healthier process, the one that happens when you broaden your diet to include more fat, fiber, protein, and whole grains. I’m talking about milk and cheese, greek yogurt, sizzling steak, or salmon. What do these foods all have in common? Two things” They all contain fat and they all can be really good for you.
A balanced meal mixes carbs with fat, fiber and protein, which take longer to process. Your digestive process has to wrk hard to break down all the complex molecular structures, so the process is relatively slow. Energy is slowly released into your bloodstream, so the insulin has more time to shuttle energy to where it can be used ,instead of just stashing it in your fat cells. Your blood sugar level remains constant rather than swooping and crashing, and theres time for your gut to signal your brain that it has enough energy , so you can stop eating now.
So there’s no struggle to “control” your appetite. Theres no sacrifice. You just eat good, nutritious, even fatty foods, and then your body lets you know when its satisfied. How great is that? NICE BUTT TIP: So basically eating a balanced meal should be your proper diet so extra fat doesn’t get stored in your butt, thighs or belly. Just remember you diet should be balanced, and low refined carbs!
WHAT ARE REFINED CARBS?
When food manufactures take complex carbs (whole wheat, for instance) and strip out all the fiber and many of the nutrients, they turn into refined carbs. Another example: high fructose corn syrup, a kind of franken-sweetener that should scare you off from products that contain it. Refined carbs, along with pure sugar can be enemies to the body. Beware! Eat balanced meals.
For more information on low carb weight loss, read: Cutting out carbs.