Diet and Health Part II

5. What is hypoglycemic diet?

This is a form of diet which is gaining some popularity, and some people have made some really good money preaching it to others. Basically, the idea with this diet is to eat more fats and proteins, and cut down on sugars. Some people believe that this type of diet will increase your metabolic rate, so you will end up burning more calories. The truth is that we have not have enough long term studies to substantiate these claims. This will not substitute for eating less food. One point to make, however, is that eating foods that are high in sugars, when you are younger, may contribute to obesity and diabetes, when you get older. This is particularly true, for those with family history of adult type diabetes.

6. How often should we eat per day?

The best thing to do is to eat less food at each sitting, but eat more times a day. There is a very good reason for this. The human body is conditioned to think that any meal that you eat is your last one. Therefore the body never wastes valuable nutrition. From your meal, the body takes whatever it needs right away, and uses it as glucose (a simple sugar). Then, it takes a little of the leftover, and stores in the liver as glycogen (a complex sugar) to be used shortly thereafter. The liver glycogen storage is relatively small. The rest, which is the majority of the leftover, the body stores as fat, as explained earlier. Now, if you eat only once a day, and eat a lot at that sitting the body ends up storing a lot of the food as fat. Ironically, when you are starving the rest of the day, the body will tap on to your muscle proteins before it gets to fat. This is a problem, but it turns out that protein to glucose (the only form of feul) is a more direct conversion that fat to glucose. Eating more frequently, but less at each sitting will prevent the body's ability to have too much leftover to store. Meanwhile, you do not run out of food to starve, because you are eating more often. Less stored fat means you gain less fat, and eventually lose some weight.

7. Why is excercise good for us?

The more active we are, the more energy we burn, and the more we burn, the less we have to store. This is because of muscles burning a lot of energy when they are active. When we excercise regularly, our metabolic rate also increases in in general. Another very very important point about excercise is that you will end up feeling more energetic, and feel better about yourself. Then, you do not need to turn to food to make you feel better. This is more important than people think. Excercise that increase your heart rate such as running, swimming, or basically any sports hepls reduce risk of heart attacks.

8. What are the realities of weight loss?

The majority of people gain weight for one reason. They overeat. The reality is that there are only two ways to lose weight. First, you can lose weight by eating less food. Second, you lose weight by burning more calories. Weight loss has to be a gradual process. It took you years to gain it; it will take at least months, if not years to lose it back. You have to eat less portions, and your portions have to be lower in calories. Lean meats, fat free dairy, baked instead of fried foods are some ways to reduce the calorie content of what you eat. If you look at our recipes, you see that we are showing you how to make foods with less calories, but without sacrificing taste.

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