Saturday, March 20, 2010

We Eat Way Too Many Carbohydrates!

As a society today we eat way too many carbohydrates! We are going carbohydrates crazy. Yes I know its tough to limit the amount of bread, pasta and processed foods, but these foods are making us FAT!

As a general rule of thumb we should be eating more greens in our diet then processed foods. More greens means more salads, spinach, kale, broccoli, green peppers and other assorted vegetables.

You can eat grains like oatmeal, brown rice, yams, potatoes, breads and even pastas however you must focus on eating these earlier in the day as opposed to later at night.

You should focus on eating all your grains before 2 pm and then after 2pm switching to greens. Of course it does not hurt to have greens before 2 pm as well. The trick here is to add high quality protein to your salads and other vegetables in order for you to stay full and increase the metabolism.

Th chemical reactions in your body - i.e the metabolism, will naturally slow down if you just eat a salad with no protein source added. This is because protein's chemical structure is more complex then a carbohydrates molecular structure and therefore the body has to work harder to break protein down into its most simplest form. In addition protein keeps you full longer then salads and other carbs.

You body can survive at least a few days without any carbohydrates! How do I know? Well first our body has a "storage tank" if you will for any extra carbohydrates that it does not need. Your body will pull carbohydrates from this storage tank if needed.

Therefore you can reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat over a course of three days and you should be fine!

The problem is when our carbohydrate storage tank if full and we keep shoveling carbohydrates into our stomachs! This is like putting more gas in your car when you already have a full tank!!! The gas is just going to spill over!

The same holds true for carbohydrates, which will get stored as body fat if your carb stores are full!

This is why we have an over-fat society today! We overeat on the carbohydrates and under exercise! This is a recipe for disaster!

The solution? Cut down on your carbohydrate consumption and increase your exercise activity!!!

As always we our here to support you on your fitness journey! If you need help contact us for a free consultation!

Trevor Folgering
The Canada StairClimbing Association

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