by Jeannie Crabtree C.Ac.
know, I know. The pounds crept back up there didn't they? Please consider
these points before deciding to diet again. Perhaps changing your STYLE
of eating, rather than a periodic diet is the answer.
The same style of eating is not right for everyone. Neither is the same diet. Most of the overweight people that I see wanting to diet are having a metabolic problem related to a blood sugar imbalance, which can include hyperinsulinism and insulin resistance. Let's discuss the role of carbohydrates (starches) and how our body reacts to the consumption of carbohydrates.
What does our body do with carbohydrates, anyway?
Carbohydrate foods convert to sugars that trigger insulin production, which our body needs for certain processes, and triggers fat storage. So does sugar. Bottom line: that is how the body works. There is no use trying to fight it, instead work with your body.
The first step is to check how much carbohydrates and sugar you are taking in every day. It means eating smaller portions of the things we love that are carbohydrates and cutting out the things that are bad for us such as sugar containing products and refined foods.
Will protein help?
Protein is the counter balance to the carbohydrate problem. Getting 1/2 the grams of protein to the grams of carbohydrates is a good place to start. Eat more protein containing foods and less carbohydrates. Protein also builds muscle mass which helps to burn fat. You donít eat bigger portions, you eat more protein and less carbohydrates. Eat a little more often as well, so that the blood sugar remains more stable without the ups and downs. So that would mean eat 4 to 6 times a day.
Now go to your cupboard and take out a few packaged goods. Take a good look at the carbohydrate to protein ratio per serving. Lets start off with some cookies: Carbohydrates 17g, Protein 2g, (This was a Health Food Store Cookie, check yours! Carbs are usually much higher.) Penne Pasta: Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 7g. Oatmeal: Carbohydrates 27g, Protein 6g. Ouch! Not enough protein in any of these to counter balance the carbohydrates.
Do you get the picture yet? Say you had a small serving of the Pasta, you would need a good source of protein at the same time to keep the body balanced so that it does not turn to making fat out of this meal.
Other good things to do for balance are - drink 1 quart of water for every 50 lbs. of weight. Eat plenty of vegetables, at least half of what you eat should be vegetables. They provide the bulk that we need to avoid constipation and are the primary source of minerals and vitamins we need every day. Limit root vegetables as these are more starchy, containing more carbohydrates. Examples: carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams and beets.
Eat some fruit every day. Leave fruit juice out of you diet except for the rare occasion. Eat raw foods everyday, Eat freshly made, not pre-packaged foods. Drop white flour products, refined products and sugar from your daily diet - make them a rare treat for special occasions.
What I have stated is not specific for each person. However, I believe the over consumption of carbohydrates is the leading cause of obesity in the United States. It is time to do something about this.
A couple of people I have counseled ignored the early warnings that their bodies were giving them about the over consumption of carbohydrates and eventually did become diabetic as the downward spiral with insulin problems became worse. Don't let this happen to you. Make healthy choices!
Article written by Jeannie Crabtree, C.Ac. She has been in the Natural Health Care field for 18 years and is certified in many modalities of health care. She specializes in nutrition for people and pets. Get your free issue of Healthy Solutions Newsletter, full of practical wisdom for today's problems. You will take away tips, research, and nutritional information that will help you in your daily life. Subscribe by going to her website at http://www.health-doc.com or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org