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Carbohydrates - Fat Loss - Cholesterol

Overview of carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates provide the most easily accessible energy source for your body. The other main sources of energy are protein and fats. However, carbohydrates are efficiently converted into glucose which will be used for energy. Glucose is used directly by your muscles and brain. Excess glucose is stored as glycogen in your muscles. Where a supply of glucose is not available, your muscles will burn fat as a source of energy.

By being converted into glucose, levels of carbohydrates will affect your blood sugar levels. Your blood sugar levels are important because your brain uses glucose from your blood. This explains why people often get depressed and down beat whilst on diets. Your blood sugar levels are not something that should be neglected!

Carbohydrates come in two forms: Simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates contain naturally occurring sugars, such as those found in fruit (fructose) for example. The sugars that make up simple carbohydrates also include table sugar (sucrose) and a variety of syrups.

Because simple carbohydrates are already simple sugars they can rapidly be converted into glucose and enter the bloodstream very soon after consumption. This where the term "sugar fix" comes from. After drinking a sugary cup of tea, for example, you may notice a sudden release of energy and an accompanying lift in your mood. However, have too much and your body will produce insulin to counteract the effect and, depending on how much sugar you've ingested, this will likely result in a rapid drop in blood sugar level and leave you feeling more tired than before!

So what are complex carbohydrates then? Complex carbohydrates are present in most grain products, vegetables and potatoes. Unlike simple carbohydrates, complex carbs are digested at a much slower rate. As a result of this, the conversion to glucose also happens at a slower rate and your blood sugar levels will not fluctuate as rapidly as they do when digesting simple carbohydrates.

Many people will try and avoid all types of carbohydrates where possible, particularly when on weight loss diets. This is not a good idea. Carbohydrates in general are not normally a problem. It's the quality of carbohydrates that should be taken into account. Highly processed foods should be avoided. This is because they normally contain a higher proportion of simple carbohydrates. For example, whole grain bread (complex carbs) should be eaten instead of white bread which uses refined white flour (simple carbs).

Complex carbohydrates are often also lower in fat and provide higher amounts of other essential nutrients like dietary fiber. It is for the above reasons that a diet of complex carbohydrates is preferable.

Fat loss: What do we mean by fat loss? Fat loss is the key to successful dieting. Fat loss enables your body to burn stubborn body fat and more fat calories than what you eat. Exercise is an excellent way to speed up the calorie process and can be done so either by cardio training through aerobic exercise, or by lifting weights. Weightlifting is often the chosen method preferred by men because building muscle actually burns more calories - even when you are not exercising! Weightlifting of course, also works in this manner for women. Outside of exercise, there are many diet items and supplements weight loss products that you can also use to help with your weight loss program. Fish Oils such as the Alpha Omega 3's and the EFA+ actually increase burning body fat, while at the same time, deliver many other important healthy elements to your diet and body. Low carbohydrate diets force the body to use fat instead of carbohydrates as fuel. Also, while accelerating your quest to burn calories to lessen your body fat, at the same time, many of these natural fat burners also increase your energy levels!

 

 

"Never get fatter than 12% for men, 15% for women. You can be strong and have a lot of muscle, but you can still look like a slob. To look like a bodybuilder, you need wide shoulders, a small waist, big arms, and ..... a six pack. To get that six pack you need to keep your body fat at 12% or less. I would say that 95% of all men above 12% have love handles. Women do need more body fat. They need about 15% to secrete estrogen which is the hormone that keeps the calcium in their bones" Daniel Duchaine.

It is important to note, products that are low in carbohydrates do NOT necessarily have a low glycemic index. The type of carbohydrates and their relationship to the other ingredients in the product dictate a low glycemic index rating and how they affect the human body. The only way to determine a glycemic rating for any product is to subject it to clinical trails and analytical study. Products that have a high glycemic index trigger an undesirable insulin response. This reaction results in an excess of insulin in the bloodstream and directly cause an increase in fat storage. Conversely, products that are low glycemic do not significantly elevate insulin levels. Additionally, these products do reduce excess fat storage, increase and sustain energy levels as well as increase mental alertness. The scientists at Worldwide sport Nutrition have developed a line of products that are high in protein, low in carbohydrates and are low glycemic. Products in our family to carry the Seal of Approval from The Glycemic Research Institute include the Ultra Pure Protein Shake from Worldwide Sports Nutrition

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance that is present in all parts of the body including the nervous system, skin, muscle, liver, intestines, and heart. It is made by the body and obtained from animal products in the diet. Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver and is needed for normal body functions including the production of hormones, bile acid, and Vitamin D. Excessive cholesterol in the blood contributes to atherosclerosis and subsequent heart disease. The risk of developing heart disease or atherosclerosis increases as the level of blood cholesterol increases.