Balancing Act II
The next step on your
quest to lose some weight is to learn to balance carbohydrates, proteins and
fats in each meal. Ideally, each and every meal should consist of
carbohydrates (preferably non-starchy vegetables and fruits), proteins
(preferably organic/free-range meats, poultry or fish, soy products, nuts and
seeds), and fats (preferably fish, olive, nut and seed oils).
The reason we don’t want
to eat carbohydrates alone, especially pasta, white rice, breads, etc., is
that they cause a drastic increase in blood sugar which is quickly followed by
a massive dose of insulin being released to help lower the high blood sugar
level. As blood sugar levels drop – due to all this insulin – the brain starts
starving for glucose, its main energy source, and we feel sleepy and sluggish,
just like we often do after a plate of pasta for lunch.
This in turn triggers the
brain to send out “the search for food” signal and we react by snacking on
sweets during the mid-afternoon hours which, of course, increases insulin
production. This cycle goes on and on. Worst of all, high insulin levels will
convert the excess glucose (from carbohydrates) into fatty tissue.
By reducing the amount of
pasta in the above meal, and by adding more vegetables, some protein and good
fats to it, we can reduce these insulin and blood sugar highs and lows. This
step facilitates balanced nutrition, reduced conversion to fatty tissue, and
diminished need for unhealthy snacking, and it therefore is the cornerstone
for successful weight loss. Furthermore, long-term exposure to insulin and
blood sugar spikes can lead to a compromised immune system, diabetes, heart
disease, and various cancers.
In summary, cut down on
your pastas and breads, load up on your veggies, add a little protein, dribble
on some olive oil, squeeze in a tad of exercise, and you are one step closer
to a slimmer you!