Two-thirds of American adults are overweight, and one-in-four have diabetes or pre-diabetes. This is due to insulin resistance which is at the root of virtually all chronic diseases and speeds up the aging process. Processed carbs like crackers, chips, bread, pasta, and milk products are very high in natural sugars, and are the worst offenders.
Metabolic disorder has the symptom of belly fat and bloat. The key is to convert stored fat into energy instead of supplying the body with unused glycogen from carbs which stores as fat due to insulin resistance when the body no longer produces the insulin necessary to regulate blood sugar levels. This occurs when your diet is too rich in non-fibrous carbs. Often the liver stores the fat created by this condition, and it is also being associated with on-set of Alzheimer’s.
Rethink the food pyramid with 50-70% healthy fat like coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados, not to be confused with unhealthy vegetable oils, saturated fats like lard, processed cheeses and butter. Healthy fats help with brain clarity, better sleep, keep you feeling full, satisfied, and break down stored fat in your body High cholesterol is often caused from too much sugar/carbs in the body, not from healthy fats, and grass-fed animal protein.
A range of 20-30% fibrous (unprocessed) carbs such as Yams, quinoa, vegetables, and a limit of two fruits a day will work for most people. Eat a huge amount of cooked and raw veggies each day. It will take a few weeks to get used to cutting back on the carbs. The “feel good” neurotransmitters like Dopamine, have been triggered by all the carbs in the past, which creates an addictive pattern of cravings. After balance is restored in the body, your cravings will stop.
Eat three, 3 oz. servings of organic/grass fed animal protein, organic whole eggs, raw cheese, or for vegetarians; 7-8 grams of cooked legumes per serving and you have a healthy food intake. Your protein is a side, instead of the main event of each meal. Your plate portions reflect the above percentages of each food group.
Grains have little nutritional value. During the digestion of grains the lining of the intestines are coated and therefore limit the amount of nutrition that is absorbed. Carbs ferment in the digestive track and cause gases which bloat the stomach as well as add belly fat.
Enjoy treats as long as you can limit them to once in awhile. Make portable sandwich rolls in collard greens. Create your own low-glycemic fruit sorbets, or have So Delicious non-sugar sweetened Coconut Ice Milk. For increased weight loss, do your exercise before eating a late breakfast to utilized all the glycogen from the previous day instead of storing as fat. Get rid of the bloat, get healthy in the process by lowering triglycerides, LDL and the numbers on the scale!