Learn how to eat right, change your perception about nutrition and discover the myths that are stopping you from losing weight. Get your dream body and discover the kind of eating mistakes most of us do. Learn everything you need to know about the impact sugar has on your body and lose weight without being hungry or feeling dissatisfied. I guarantee you, this will take your weight loss journey to the next level.
My intent in writing this article is to provide you with some amazing advice on how to eat right, an outlook on nutrition and the fairy tale in most weight loss programmes which might be stopping you from losing weight and living a healthier life.
When I first got to know about these mind-blowing tips, I was astounded. So, in this article we are going to talk about the old-fashioned reality of food and lifestyle and understanding sugar and the impact it has on your body.
“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything”- Napoleon Hill.
So, the very first thing I would tell you to do is to desire for a particular type of body and then sit down and write clearly defined goals with a deadline for achieving those goals. For example, if your desire is to lose weight, then your goal should be something like “I will weigh 80kg with less than 20% body fat by December 31, 2017”.
Clearly write what you desire in the form of goals because research suggests that if you write your goals, you're 40% more likely to do it. Then I would recommend you share your goals with family or friends because that’s going to increase the possibility for you to work towards achieving them. Also, I would suggest you record or journal your activities (goals, progress or setbacks) and share them with friends and family (as an accountability partner).
Now you’ve got this exciting desire to lose weight, and you’ve clearly stated your desire in the form of goals. So, all you need now is the mindset to believe you’re going to achieve your goals and get the body you’ve long dreamed of.
Every human being is unique in their own way, and the dynamic nature of our metabolism makes it extremely difficult to develop a single weight loss methodology that will work well for every human on earth. Nonetheless, humans share some similar characteristics that could be manipulated to positively influence your metabolism. This implies you can adopt some fundamental principles as a lifestyle to help you lose weight almost effortlessly by turning your body into a FAT burning machine. Yes, you heard me right, I said fat burning machine because the whole secret for a sustained weight loss is to let your body consume fat for energy instead of sugar.
The reason you are being held back with your health is not that you’re not trying hard, I believe it’s because you’re following the wrong set of rules. There is so much confusing information out there in the health press, and trust me most of these are just a plethora of misinformation.
Before, I used to believe that if you want to lose weight you must eat less and exercise more. But trust me if you’ve ever tried it, you very well know that cutting down on your calories and doing a lot of aerobic exercises is not just working. So, for me, I decided to read and do a little bit of research on health, particularly on food and lifestyle. I found out that there are lots of reactions going on in our body and that food, exercise, our emotions, feelings, and mindset makes a lot of difference to achieving a healthier lifestyle.
So, now I can confidently say the food you consume is very vital here. Because what you eat and drink determines whether your body is going to burn fat for energy or store it. The food you eat or drink also regulates your emotions, energy and how fast or slow your body is going to age. However, the good news is that if you change what you eat or drink, you are more likely to change everything you don’t like about your health. And know this, it is only you who can change the food you eat or drink. Therefore, my advice is for you to acknowledge and take full responsibility for your health.
Yes. Someone must have told you that it doesn’t matter what you eat. You could drink processed juice or eat bars of chocolate all day as long as you count the calories. Isn't it so? Trust me that’s not true because you have fat, protein and carbohydrate as the macro-nutrients that make up the caloric content of your food. How you mix macro-nutrients together and the quality of each of those is what changes everything.
So, you can't simply look at the calories. You need to look at where they come from and how they’re going to influence your body. Protein has a very different hormonal message than carbohydrates do, and a broccoli for example is going to influence your health differently than say processed white flour. So once you realise this, you can design a diet that will precisely help your body burn fat and slows down the ageing process and gives you a steady flow of energy. So, my recommendation is for you to care more about the quantity and quality of macro-nutrients you consume, and not counting calories.
The fundamental truth to losing weight is to considerably reduce the amount of sugar you consume. Raising your awareness about sugar and its sources is the very first step towards understanding sugar and its impact on your body. Isn't it true? Or do you think differently? Feel free to leave a comment.... 🙂
In reality, most people are either confused or do not understand sugar. The confusion lies between what to eat; one may ask can I have honey? What about white flour? What's good? What's bad? So, for me, I think sugar is the number one drug in the world today. And I believe a big part of the problem is that the way we've been looking at sugar is all wrong. For instance, let’s look at the Glycemic Index (GI), it takes 50g quantity of a food in separation and then measures the body's response to its blood sugar level. I think this approach is not that effective and there are several problems with it.
From my perspective, the biggest problem with the GI is that humans don’t eat food in isolation, but the GI measure the impact a food has on our blood in isolation, instead of the whole meal. Now, if you want to better understand sugar you've got to look at the complete impact of the meal rather than just the isolated food. For instance, if you are going to eat carbohydrates that have been processed and quickly turned to sugar or a slow carbs like broccoli that is loaded with fibre, or the quality of protein and fat involved, it's all going to change the blood sugar response. Therefore, I believe it is more effective to measure the impact of the entire meal rather than just the isolated food. And in addition, it's important for you to know that you want your body to slowly make sugar from the foods you eat and not consuming sugar as a mainline.
It is also important to understand that all carbs aside from fibre will change into sugar. It's simply an issue of how much work the body needs to do to take it there. Also, note that depending on the source of sugar, you either will end up with glucose or fructose. In addition, fructose is mainly originated from fruits product, despite it can be extracted from corn nowadays. The misleading fact is what happens when you eat fructose, it doesn't raise your blood sugar level, as a result it appears low on the Glycemic Index. If you want to know a bit more about glucose or fructose check out this article.
So, all this while most of us thought this was an awesome thing, as the sugar from fruits doesn't raise blood sugar since it goes straight to the liver. Another issue is the liver is the only organ that can process fructose, so, if there is no room in the liver for it to be stored as glycogen it rapidly begins to transform the excess fructose into fat, and that is the reason we now have fatty livers In kids, and also non-alcoholic fatty liver illness. In any case, the worst thing is that it doesn’t activate the rise in blood sugar, which again we thought was great yet is truly awful. The reason being is that when you don't trigger the rise in blood sugar, your body doesn't notice this sugar. So, it doesn't raise blood sugar, nor insulin, neither leptin. So, some of that fat is going to stay in the lever and may course increase risk of insulin resistance and diabetic.
When you are eating lots of sugar and other carbohydrates like bread, rice, pasta, they end up producing lots of glucose as well. As a result, a hormone called insulin is released, which acts as a key that helps to open our cells doors so they can absorb all the glucose, remove it from your bloodstream and burn it for energy instead of fat. Therefore, the more glucose in your blood the more insulin is released, but the crucial point for us is that while this insulin is in the blood dealing with this glucose it automatically tells our fat cells to hold on to the fat. It actually turns off our fat burning processes and tells your body to use the glucose as energy.
So when you are eating a lot of sugar, you’re are in fact putting fat into your body via the lever. In the end, your body ends up not burning fat when insulin is around dealing with all the sugar in your body. This is the truth about losing weight. If you can manage your sugar intake, I guarantee you’ll lose weight with little or no work.
I hope this article helps in one way or the other and if you find it interesting, you're always welcome to leave a comment or start a new discussion.
Peace and Blessings!
Samsu is an industrious and dedicated civil and environmental engineer. He is also a health and fitness enthusiast, a fan of tech and sport, as well as a self-confessed personal growth addict. Samsu is keen on reading about new health, fitness, and self-development trends and is constantly trying to improve himself.