When I originally read Dr.Oz’s book YOU: on a Diet, learning some basic facts really helped me along on my weight-loss journey. Now I will share with you some of my favorite tips.
Simple sugars (i.e. soda) Sugar is quickly absorbed by the liver and is stored as fat if it can’t be used for immediate energy.
Complex carbohydrates (i.e. whole grain foods) take a long time to digest, so they provide a slow release of carbohydrates. This helps your digestive system not to stress as much. However, keep in mind that if your body can’t use this sugar up quickly enough it will turn to fat.
Protein (i.e. meats) gets broken down into amino acids, which then go to the liver. If the liver can’t send the amino acids to your muscles (because you’re not exercising), then there’s no need for muscle growth or maintenance, so once again they get converted to glucose. Glucose then gets converted to fat if it can’t be used.
Fat (i.e. cake) gets broken down into small particles and absorbed as fat.
Good fats (i.e. fish and nuts) decrease your body’s inflammatory response, while bad fats increase it. If you exercise and have used up all the available carbohydrates (sugar), your muscles can then use fat for energy. This is a great way to whittle the middle and get rid of those love handles!
The more bad food you eat, the less you can handle life’s stresses. You’ll also have more inflammation, a cause of aging. The more inflammation you have increases your risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and increasing your bad cholesterol.
Knowledge is power. Use it. Think twice the next time you’re about to eat something unhealthy or skip your workout!
I have found the fountain of youth and it’s all about eating right and exercising. I want to be forever young, don’t you?