The key to losing weight is to get healthy first. When you’re in a healthy state, the body works properly, and this helps to keep the body in optimum shape.
How the body is fuelled
The body can run on sugar fuel and/or fat fuel. Sugar fuel is the dirty fuel, like diesel. Fat fuel is the clean fuel, like what electric cars run on. The majority of people use sugar as fuel due to following a high carbohydrate diet and eating at least 3 meals a day with snacks in between.
Frequent eating and snacking stimulate the production of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that makes you gain weight. Insulin prevents you from losing weight. Therefore the key to losing weight is to avoid raising insulin.
How to avoid raising insulin
Eating carbohydrates triggers the insulin response. Eating fat, on the other hand, has no effect on insulin. The body tends to burn sugar fuel first before using fat stores. Therefore, it makes sense to either reduce the carbohydrate consumption or eat less frequently.
Carbohydrates are the culprit that makes you fat. Check the labels on packages to see what quantity of carbohydrates is in that food. Ideally, aim for 20 g-50 g of carbohydrates a day. Even a tiny amount of sugar blocks fat burning.
Some Examples of Hidden Carbohydrates
Grains: Rice, oats, wheat, pulses, corn
Starchy Vegetables: Potato, beetroot, most below the ground vegetables
Fruit Juice: contains fructose which can only be processed by the liver.
Fruit: With the exception of berries, all fruit contains a high amount of fructose.
Sweeteners: Honey, Agave, brown sugar