As we mature, two truths become self-evident-the ease of acquiring excess poundage and the difficulty of losing it.
One of the most frequent questions I've received from exercisers, as they affectionately caress their paunches, is "How do I get rid of this?"
Some things in life are just not fair. Although our bodies will not respond to our desires to "spot reduce" body fat, you may be able to turn that pot into more of a skillet.
New research about how our body works gives us some insights on how we can supercharge our sluggish metabolism to win the battle of the bulge.
And the good news is that you don't have to give up all of your favorite foods, count calories or spend hours in the fitness center.
You may, however, need to unlearn almost everything you thought you knew about eating and exercise.
Researchers from Australia have created a system called the Glycemic Index that measures how long it takes for carbohydrates to digest and turn into glucose (blood sugar.)
Some carbohydrates digest quickly, flooding your blood with glucose. Others digest slowly and provide a controlled, steady source of energy.
Whether you choose mostly fast-carbs or slow-carbs can dramatically affect your body fat, energy level and health.
Glucose is the primary source of energy for our body...and energy is good, right? But here's the rub. Too much of a good thing ends up causing some serious problems.
Here's how it works: Insulin carries a small amount of the glucose to the cells for immediate energy, and some is converted into glycogen and stored in the muscles and liver for later use.
When the glycogen storerooms fill up, the overflow is stuffed into fat storage tanks on your belly and other unwanted places.
An increase in body fat is only one of the side effects of these glucose excesses. Over time the insulin receptors become de-sensitized, and this leads to insulin resistance, fatigue, and life threatening heart disease and diabetes.
The chief troublemakers are white flour and other refined grains, rice and especially high fructose corn syrup.
The "good guys" are whole grains, vegetables and beans, which are lower in sugar, high in fiber and digest more slowly to provide a steady stream of glucose.
The slow-digesting carbs also give you a feeling of fullness for several hours and keep your blood vessels elastic and supple, reducing the risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
It is important to note that the glycemic impact of a meal can influence how your body digests, absorbs and processes the next meal several hours later.
A low-glycemic breakfast of oatmeal or other high fiber cereal will stabilize your blood sugar right through lunch time.
Other things that improve the Glycemic Index are acids such as lemon juice and vinegar. Fermented foods, protein, fiber and oils (olive oil, coconut oil and butter) also slow the digestive process.
Click on this link and it will immediately download your Free Glycemic Index Chart to your computer to view and print.
We wish for you vital heart health for a long, long time!
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