The phrase cutting back on carbs has almost become a fad as more and more people resort to guarded dieting as a means of losing weight.
It is also important to remember that many of us have learnt to associate the word carbs with outright weight gain but as we shall find out here, not all carbs are bad. Indeed, there are those that our bodies actually need so as to remain healthy and vibrant.
Processed carbs are one of the worst impediments to our weight loss goals. On an average day, we eat lots of refined carbs and unknown to us, these carbs play a direct role in preventing us from shedding off the extra pounds off our bodies. The way it works is that these refined carbs stimulate the production of insulin which is responsible for the storage of fats in the body.
Insulin also induces hunger sensation and food cravings, thus preventing the access of the fat stored in the body. The body, therefore, persists in fat storage mode and when this fat is unable to be used, it builds up and is what is responsible for our weight problems.
It is also important to note that these excessive fats are normally found in the adipose tissues that are located around the waist area; which is why the most manifest signs of weight gain occur around this area.
As these fats are a direct consequence of our unchecked intake of carbs, it is only natural that in order to avoid them, we need to watch what we eat; or at least the amounts of carbs we consume on daily basis.[ my_google_ad]
Refined wheat products such as bread and virtually all other bakery products must be avoided or reduced as they have the strongest effects on the blood sugar level, and consequently our level of insulin stimulation.
Therefore, it is better to come up with replacement meals for refined wheat products. And just in case you find it difficult to cut back on these products, experts advise that you instead insist on rye bread. It is especially preferred due to its slow digesting nature, hence it will keep you feeling fuller for longer, thereby enabling you to overcome more cravings for bakery products.
Though not as dangerous as refined wheat products, excessive consumption of white rice is known to spike up the hormone insulin. The evidence of the effects of white rice in weight gain can be seen amongst the Japanese sumo wrestlers that are known to consume lots of glycemic white rice just so they can fatten up.
Brown rice is advised as it is slower digesting hence helps reduce hunger and food cravings. An even better option is the wild rice that comes with a great flavour as well as antioxidants that protect our bodies from free radicals.
Organic potatoes offer immense benefits to our immune system in that they are rich in fibre, vitamin C as well as other essential minerals such as manganese, potassium and copper. However, not so many of us consume these potatoes organically. Instead, we have had an unbreakable love affair with French fries and manufactured potato chips. These are not necessarily beneficial to our bodies but instead riddle us with too much sodium chloride and acrylamide which weigh negatively on our blood sugar level, hence leading to an overall weight gain.
It is recommended that you only take a small portion of the organic potatoes or replace them with more weight-friendly foods in this family such as pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash among many others. These are not only rich in fibre but also contain lots of antioxidants that are good for the body
You might not succeed in eliminating the foods that contain processed carbs completely from your diet. As a matter of fact, you need not to; especially if you are unable to find a suitable replacement. There are other strategies you can employ to ensure you still reduce these carbs and one of the most important ones is reducing the consumption of sugar in all your other foods. If you succeed in this, it won’t matter anymore the foods you are targeting as you will have succeeded in keeping the insulin level within reasonable limits.
Another measure you can take is skipping breakfast so as to allow the body to make use of the adipose fats. Whatever way you approach this, it is evident that any carbs-elated weight loss requires diligence and patience if any results are to be seen.
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