It’s the burning question right. Why do women after age 35 suddenly have trouble losing the holiday pounds? Why are some kids in the same family heavy and others skinny, despite eating the same foods? Why do we hit plateaus? And why do we put on weight in specific places. I’m Irish, so my fat tends to go on my hips and thighs. I have a girlfriend who never puts an ounce on her booty it goes to her tummy! The bottom line is we are all different, but some things will hold true for everyone.
Genetics, basal metabolic rates, life stage and lifestyle all influence our body types. But that doesn’t mean that we have to be held hostage to any of these factors. With eating for your body type and exercise you can achieve your goals. Today, I am going to address one of the biggest factors in weight gain that affects a lot of people.
Over the years you may have tried different diets: low fat, no carb, high protein, vegan, counting calories, using calories in- calories out. But, at the end of the day still have a few pounds you can’t shed or a restricted way of eating that leaves you feeling deprived. At some point, you may realize that these don’t work….but why?
If you eat low fat, you would think you would lose fat. So why doesn’t that happen? Well, it simply doesn’t work. Low fat food is filled with sugar. When you eat loads of sugar and don’t burn it off, it gets converted into fat. So you eat more sugar and carbohydrates (all good because it’s low fat right???) and over time, your insulin receptors become desensitized, enter type II diabetes.
Now this is when the fun really begins! HA! We eat our low fat foods filled with sugars and carbohydrates, and we secrete insulin in response to the carbohydrates. The insulin works to fix fat in the fat cells and tells the lean tissue cells to burn the carbohydrates, not the fat. So we burn the carbohydrates first and store the fat. If insulin stays elevated, as will happen if we’re insulin resistant, we may never get around to burning all the fat we stored with the meal. Instead it will tell us we are hungry and ask for some bread, croissant etc. So the fat accumulates. We get fatter, but we get fatter because of the carbohydrates, not the fat.
The message I want you to hear is that fat is not the enemy! Carbohydrates that are low in sugar are also not the enemy. It’s the high glycemic processed carbohydrates (think coffee shop snacks!), low fat foods filled with sugars and chemical fillers that we need to be careful to minimize in our diet.
Good sources of fat are nuts, avocado, olive and coconut oils to name a few. Low glycemic carbohydrate sources are squash, sweet potatoes, quinoa, farro (my new fave!!) and spelt. These grains are high in protein in fiber and will leave you satisfied, energized and best of all, no bloat!
If you want specific ideas for meals and recipes for your family, just leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org