Constantly, we are bombarded with information on healthy lifestyle habits telling us what, when, and how to eat and exercise. And so often you get confused and ask yourself "Oh My.... how on earth...., especially when you are someone who wants to shed a few extra pounds.
You barely started your day, your stomach begins to rumble and you feel groggy, you reach for food in the refrigerator or turn to a vending machine and end up grabbing something to kill your hunger, and a couple of hours later you feel hungry again and you go mad.
Day in day out, you go through this rollercoaster cycle and find it extremely hard to manage these situations.
Indeed, it’s a lot frustrating when you are living in the age of fast foods and quick fix meals.
Ever wondered what exactly happens when you keep consuming carb-rich foods? The digestive system converts the carbs into blood sugar which provides the body with energy for your cells, tissues, and organs. The leftover sugar is stored in the liver, muscles, and fat cells.
Whenever you try to fill your body with carbohydrates than actually it requires, your liver’s sugar storage capacity is exceeded. When this happens, the excess sugar is converted by the liver into fatty acids and returned to the bloodstream, which is taken throughout your body and stored as fat! These storage spaces (adipose fat cells) include the stomach, hips, butt, and breasts.
Yes, your weight loss starts and ends in the kitchen and carbs & sugar are the perennial villain in this.
The basic principle here is to eat less amount of carbs to try to get the blood sugar levels on a stable and low level. With low levels of blood sugar, less insulin is produced in your body and as a result less fat is stored in the body.
The body uses the fat as fuel instead of carbs, and if you are overweight, you start losing body fat.
Apart from weight loss, you get to experience a lot of other health benefits. Your diabetes get controlled to the extent where you don’t need any medication, your digestion gets better, you feel happier, more energetic, etc.
Listening to your body and choosing real food is the key. Ditch carbs and ensure a balanced intake of healthy fats, proteins & fibre.
Remember with every small adjustment you make in your lifestyle, you get a step closer to being healthier & happier.