You may not realise it but everyday you could be preventing your body from losing weight. Even if you are consuming wholegrain, wholewheat foods you could be making a mistake that falls within the three barriers to weight loss.
Check the barriers to weight loss below and eliminate them from your daily diet routine and you will reach your weight loss goal much sooner.
Barrier #1 – Blood Sugar Levels
Blood sugar levels have a great impact on weight loss and determine how much weight you lose. This is because when your blood sugar goes up too high or too fast, it is virtually impossible to lose weight, because your body believes there is no need to burn fat with all that sugar already available.
When your blood sugar rises slowly and evenly, your body burns it off for energy, and you can then say good-bye to fatigue and weight gain.
Choose foods that have a low GI count (glucose index). GI foods are ranked based on their immediate effect on blood sugar levels, and measure how fast carbohydrates hit the bloodstream.
Foods with a high GI value contain carbohydrates that will cause a dramatic rise in your blood sugar levels, while foods with a low GI value contain carbohydrates that will have a lesser impact.
Low GI foods also digest slowly, keeps you feeling satisfied for longer, prevents weight gain and encourages weight loss.
The type of low GI foods you should include in your diet are:
- 7 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day
- low GI breads and cereals (mixed grain breads, sourdough bread, oats, bulgar wheat, pearl barley, pasta, noodles and basmati rice.
- legumes, including beans, chickpeas and lentils.
- fish and shellfish
- lean red meats, poultry, and eggs
- low-fat diary products
Barrier #2 – Insulin
When your blood sugar goes up too high or too fast, more insulin has to be secreted to deal with it. Insulin, known as the fat hormone, switches on fat storage and switches off fat burning, making it harder to lose weight.
Carbohydrates stimulate the secretion of insulin more than any other type of food, therefore eating low GI foods slows carbohydrate absorption so that the pancreas (the organ that secretes insulin) doesn’t have to work too hard.
The result is that your blood sugar rises slowly and evenly, insulin levels stay low, stored fat can be burned and you can say good-bye to excess fat. So once again you should eat foods with a low GI count to ensure that your blood sugar will rise slowly and thereby encourage weight loss.
Barrier #3 – Hunger
When you deprive your body of carbs, it goes into “starvation mode” and your metabolism winds down to preserve energy for survival, and you get tired and hungry.
When your body gets the low-GI carbs it needs, your metabolism goes into high gear to burn more stored fat for energy. You can say good-bye to cravings, fatigue and excess pounds. You will notice a markedly radical difference in your weight loss.
Will Low GI Work for you?
Everyone can benefit from adopting the GI factor approach to eating. It is the way nature intended us to eat. Eating the low GI way to lose weight is easier because you don’t have to go hungry and what you end up with is true fat release. Low GI foods act as natural appetite suppressants, are filling, prevent hunger pangs for longer and boost metabolism so that weight loss is quick.