Nutrition and Weight Loss – Carbohydrates and Fiber
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Weight loss plans will not be effective if you are not making the most of your changes. As the saying goes, you are what you eat (or more likely, you are what you do not eat!); nothing else you can do will make as big of an impact on your weight loss efforts as what you eat and do on a daily basis, the exception of exercise.
Nutrition and Weight Loss – Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients you will need to make and body. You get your main source of carbs from carbs that are refined as white sugar and flour, refined grains such as: pasta, white bread, rice, potato, etc. As well as refined starchy carbs like potatoes, corn, and sweet potatoes, which is also the most common form of potatoes you will find in the grocery store.
Carbohydrates do have their place in your diet, you just need to be careful of the source from which you get them. Free range, high fiber varieties, such as whole grain rice and whole wheat pasta are far better choices than refined starchy varieties. In the end, the types of carbohydrates you consume greatly determine your gain or loss in weight.
When it comes to carbs, fiber is the most important nutrient that you need for optimal growth and fat loss. Fiber draws water away from the cosmetics in your skin, flushes toxins from the body, and binds wastes and other debris.
Along with carbs, fiber also aids the digestive system. This means that the fiber in your diet control your appetite, ensure regularity, and helps the body rid toxins and other wastes from the system. Although fiber is not as effective as say the protein or fat content, it is just as important to get plenty of fiber. An added benefit of fiber is that it can help with regulating blood sugar levels.
Fat is the second most important nutrient that you need for optimal growth and fat loss, however getting rid of it is just as important as putting it in your diet. Fat is the most energy dense macro-nutrient and also the hardest to eliminate, so getting rid of it is incredibly important.
Getting rid of fat can have two significant effects:
For most people, eliminating fat from their diet is not easy, because fat in the diet feels like it needs to be there. It is the last food to be ingested, after all the others have been burned. It is the bed sheet your body curves itself into when you are sleeping at night. It stores energy in knowing that you are coming back for more, but does not really reward you for the energy you provided through your workout.
Another key way to look at fat is how it relates to insulin. Fat feels like it has absolutely no effect on the sugar levels in your blood, but it does.
Most people who tend toward suppressing their appetite and starting points for any diet plans are those who have had problems letting go of the past, those who have held on to the past for way too long. The ability to do this is definitely part of your success formula. You will also need to hold yourself accountable and be realistic about your self-ittlegence (the idea that you can eat all you want).
In a typical conversation on the subject of gaining muscles, someone will say something like, “Well, I’m trying to gain 30 pounds and I really want to have six-pack abs, so right now, since I’m already in pretty good shape, I’ll just increase my weight by 300, and in a month I’ll have gained 30 pounds.”
The problem with this plan, in my opinion, is that it is too limiting. What if you gained 30 pounds and just by doing this you were able to look amazing, but never gain a single pound? I don’t think that would be a problem. You see, there is a difference between gaining a pound a month and gaining 1 pound a week.
When it comes to actually changing your body, whether it be to gain a bit of weight, a bit of muscle or to just lose weight, there is a period where you are most likely to gain weight if you follow the normal formula. You gain 1 pound a week if you cycle 10 pounds. You gain 30 pounds over 10 days and you have a reside weight offormed.
In order to lose weight, you are going to have to find a diet and exercise program that will specifically target how much weight you should lose. Then, after the weight is lost Do not go back to eating the way you were eating and accelerate your weight loss. Unless you do that, there is a very good chance you will gain it back.