Losing weight will happen if you exercise regularly and eat a healthy, balanced diet. It is important to fuel your body with the right foods that fight disease, slow the aging process, increase metabolism and help you to function optimally. It is also important to understand where your calories come from. Eating the right food fuels your body to work to its optimal capacity, whereas eating badly keeps you functioning but can create problems that minimise the quality of your life.
Food triggers hormonal responses that control metabolic processes such as the amount of fat burned or fat stored. Eat the right foods and you can allow favourable hormone responses that produce metabolic processes to increase the body’s ability to burn fat and decrease weight.
It is good to have a rough idea of your calorie count, however when you eat healthily it’s much harder to over consume calories. Protein is naturally low in calories and assists in supressing hunger, making you feel full faster and for longer. Vegetables are also low in calories and high in fibre making it impossible to over consume in calories. Starchy foods such as bread, pasta and cereals that are processed and refined cause you to over eat. These foods are full of calories and low in nutrient value causing unfavourable hormone responses causing undesirable effects for example increased body fat, weight gain and general compromises to your health. Therefore our body functions optimally when we eat nutritious, unrefined whole foods, naturally grown not processed or refined.
Insulin is the most powerful hormone triggered by refined food. One of insulin’s processes is to enhance the body’s mechanism to store fat causing weight gain. This is why when insulin is activated repeatedly by eating refined foods it can lead to diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Insulin reacts to the amount of sugar in the body. Unrefined carbohydrates (fruit and veg) do not cause insulin to spike as they take longer to break down therefore keeping the blood sugar levels more even. Refined carbohydrates (bread and pasta) get broken down quickly and overwhelm the pancreas and liver with a lot of sugar entering the bloodstream. Insulin spikes and there is too much sugar to be stored as glycogen in the muscle (and used later) so the excess is stored as FAT.
So simply choosing and understanding which are the right foods for our body to carry out its functions to an optimum will help you on your way to losing weight and reducing body fat.
Shin Ohtake – The Lean Body Diet.