Cut the Foods that Make you Fat
Once and for all, calories don't count! I call this the, 'Black Forest Cake Syndrome.' Here is how it works. If you were to eat 1,200 calories per day in meat, fish, vegetables and your best friend ate 1,200 calories in Black Forest Cake everyday and nothing else, which person would get fat? The Black Forest Cake Girl of course because a calorie is not just a calorie. In fact calories don't make you fat, forget about them and lets get on to what matters when you are trying to loose body fat.
All food nutrients (protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, sugar, alcohol) will illicit a response in your body to dictate how you use each 'calorie' of Black Forest Cake or protein, fat, and fiber. The response to 1,200 calories of sugary cake is totally different to a balanced meal even though they have the same caloric value. The hormonal response is what will make you fat not the calories!
Sugar, fruit sugar (fructose), milk sugar (lactose), high fructose corn syrup when eaten will immediately cause the pancreas to release insulin. Insulin shuttles the sugars out of your blood stream into cells where they are used for energy in the metabolic processes or made into storage forms of carbohydrates (glycogen), or storage forms of fat (triglycerides). Any way you eat sugar, if you eat more than your body needs you will store it. Once insulin is elevated no fat burning can take place! Even if you cycled ten miles into work you wouldn't burn fat for fuel if you got to the office and had an itty bitty muffin. Sugar will shut down your fat burning engine.
Think of insulin as an A-Type personality that only wants its' sugars to be metabolized before anything else. Insulin will push its' way around the system until all fat (stored fat and dietary fat) is dormant and stored and not circulating.
If you regulate insulin you will regulate fat burning. Here is a one day diet to kick start you into fat burning.
Hormone Response Meal Plan:
Delay breakfast after your workout for up to one hour.
2 poached eggs, 3 strips of bacon or sausage, 1 sliced tomato with salt, pepper and olive oil
1-2 cups coffee with cream (not milk or half and half)
1tin tuna fish or salmon with 1tbsp mayonnaise mixed on 2-3 cups green leafy vegetables, cucumber, tomato, avacado with garlic, salt, pepper, oil of choice (no vinegar)
Dinner 6pm - 7:30pm
6 spears asparagus with butter
mixed salad with pine nuts
1- 3oz glass of wine
Go to bed early. Note how you feel in the morning. If you feel as if you lost water and have less distention in your lower belly (digestion of oligosaccharides) this might be a plan for you. Try it for another day. If you need more starch add green vegetables.
Please let me know how it works for you.
Keep up the good work.