The Importance of Complex Carbs for Weight Loss
Another popular question in the weight/fat loss clinic is should I eat fruit daily… while I know the popular consensus is to avoid carbs, the real thought process should be avoidance of SIMPLE carbs. The importance of complex carbs in ones overall nutritional program cannot be overstated. Many fruits and veggies provide this…for the sake of this short blog, lets just say that even my diabetics should be taking in fruits on as daily basis. Again, we are talking complex carbs here. Remember, diabetics and obese people likely didn’t become that way because they ate fruit. When to take these carbs in and how to combine these carbs, is a conversation for another day. Also, daily movement is key!!!! Help the body utilize those carbs to keep sugar storage low(glycogen) and prevent the body from using your muscle for energy. Teach the body to burn fat!!!! It wants to burn fat (9cal/g vs 4 cal/g for protein and carbs). Why do I have to TEACH my body to do it? You haven’t given your body a reason to believe you will fuel it appropriately. Once you do, you will reset your metabolic rate and you will stop storing fat….Give yourself 28 days to change your brain chemistry and your cravings for “bad food” will definitely decrease and most likely go away.
Make it simple….dont buy the hype and craziness of all the fads…. Start with the basics…. Create balance….
1.Detox and cleanse….need to get the junk out the way as you replace it with great nutrition
2.Get sleep …shoot for 7-8 hours per night
3.Hydrate….drink 1/2 your current body weight in ounces of water(if you weigh 200lbs, drink 100oz water)
4.micro nutrition… take science derived supplements( vitamins and minerals)
-focus for the first 28 days on avoiding SUGAR and simple processed carbs that come in a box(shop the perimeter of the grocery store)
-limit alcohol consumption( I didn’t say you need to eliminate-remember alcohol can have LOTS OF CARBS)
-Fill in the gaps( use shakes to provide quality calories and quality PROTEIN)
-just start moving….dont make it overwhelming…just do the exercise you’re willing to do!!!!!
******This is a part of the roadmap to success… the other is to use science to streamline the process