Beyond the simple fact that eating ‘hungry man’ size portions, drinking calories and being sedentary will cause weight gain, there are food choices we can make to affect body fat. Here we will look at a list of fat storers, foods that cause weight gain and fat burners, foods that encourage it to burn off!
These are a fat fighter’s worst enemy. Research shows, that although calorie intake, portion size and exercise are all important, the types of food and drink we consume are critical.
Some basic physiology is required here.
Insulin a hormone released by the pancreas in response to high sugar or fast releasing foods. The higher the blood sugar, the higher the insulin response. Insulin essentially takes energy out of the blood stream and puts it into the cells of the body. Fat storing foods are mainly the foods that cause a massive rush of insulin, changing the way the body treats subsequent foods.
Fizzy drinks – these play havoc with insulin levels and the diet versions can be even worse
Alcohol – again, pure calories in liquid form, toxicity and combined with a hangover to prove it
Sugar combined with fat – biscuits, cakes and chocolate would fall into this cateory – KABOOOM!
Dried fruit – beware, considered healthy and natural but loaded with energy
Health food snacks – cereal bars for example are loaded with sugar, not the best snack
Toxins – Wash foods to reduce pesticides, beware of preservatives in foods
So, you’ve meandered your way through the maze of fat storers, processed foods and sugary muck. Now you can encourage the body to burn fat from it’s reserves. These foods are the reverse of the ‘fat storing’ foods. They create a slow constant release of energy.
Beyond this, foods like fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals have a positive effect on metabolism. Other natural foods promote hormone balance, keep us fuller for longer and are often much less calorie dense.
Protein foods – lean meat, fish and beans for example slow insulin in it’s tracks, also boosting metabolism
Citrus fruits – boost metabolism and are high in vitamin C, very powerful fat burners
Oats – another reason to opt for porridge first thing, high in fibre and protein, slow to digest
Raw nuts – foods like almonds and walnuts are high in essential ‘healthy’ fats, a great snack
Oily fish – salmon, mackerel, again high in good fats as well as protein
Water – Don’t forget the clears stuff. Flushes out toxins, boosts metabolism and aids digestion