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Carbohydrates, Weight Loss And Dieting For Women

A very hot topic, one predominantly every female wants to read about… Weight loss…

There is a misconception that the lower your caloric intake the more weight you will lose. Wrong!! This could not be further from the truth.


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Your body needs calories to convert to energy for internal functions which we don’t even realise are happening which burn calories, such as heart beating, liver processing nutrients, blood flow around the body.

The body will always prioritise these over any other functions so if an individual is not consuming sufficient calories then the body automatically thinks it is in starvation mode and will store everything you eat as fat to ensure it can still perform the essential functions.

Yo Yo Diets

This is one of the main reasons yo yo dieters weight fluctuates so much. While they are on a low calorific intake the body thinks it is being starved they then binge or have a reefed day and the body stores everything that is consumed, in preparation for another ‘starvation’ period.

choosing to eat clean wholesome food to fuel your body is the best way forward for fat loss. Eating sufficient calories or 10% lower than the amount your body requires will keep your metabolism working and enable you to drop the excess fat a lot quicker and easier than with yo yo dieting.

Balanced Healthy Diet

Eating 3 clean meals per day with healthy snacks if needed helps to maintain or lose body fat, base all your meals around a protein source, healthy fat and then a carbohydrate source. Good proteins to choose for your meals are chicken, turkey, lean mince, fish- salmon, sardines, white fish, and prawns.

Eat as much green veg as you can, and try and eat with every meal. Good fats to include are avocados, few nuts, seeds, oily fish, and olive oil as salad dressings.

When including carbohydrates with your meals aim to eat sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, and oats. If you are trying to drop weight and body fat keep your carbs to a minimum but do not totally eliminate them, as elimination can cause a lot of issues with the hormones.

Good Fats Are Essential

Good fats especially omega 3 are essential to consume and are necessary within the human body. Omega-3 serves a variety of purposes within the body. First, it helps your organs to function properly and also aids in cell activity within your body.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids also help cell walls to form and helps oxygen circulation throughout the body. They also work with red blood cells to make sure they are doing their job.

A lack of omega 3 fatty acids could lead to blood clots, problems with memory, irregular heartbeat and decrease in functioning immune system. Try to include foods like flax seed, walnuts, salmon, spinach and seeds to keep your levels of omega 3 high.

A wholesome clean diet with single ingredient foods is the best and most healthy way forward, this combined with the correct training is the most effective way to drop body fat.

Part of what we do is also to advise you on working towards a diet for life.

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