There are more and more overweight malnourished people then ever before. Yes, you read that right, overweight malnourished people. We are eating more and more food like substances that have very little nutrient value and thus we are left still HUNGRY. How can that be? Well more evidence is showing up that fructose, a common sugar that is found in many of the food products in the American diet may cause changes in the brain which leads us to overeat. After eating fructose in a beverage or a food item, the brain doesn’t register that it’s full, like it does when simple glucose is consumed, scientists are finding.
The average American consumes about, on average, 63 pounds of High Fructose Corn Syrup a year. That is about an extra 228 calories in a day. There is 3500 calories in a pound. So if eating 228 calories extra a day multiplied by 15 days you would gain 1 pound of body fat or 2 pounds a month. WOW!
Understand how the American food supply has changed. Up until the 1970’s, most sweets were made of simple white sugar. Still bad for you. When you eat sugar however, your body fully registers that you have consumed calories and triggers your brain that you have had enough.
When High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) was discovered it was put into virtually every bread, crackers, baked good and processed food item out there. Today you will find it in soups, condiments, sauces, beverages and many more items. It flat out screws with our metabolic system and is causing us to be obese, diabetic and sick.
Our body works like this; We eat any type of carbohydrate and our body will release insulin to regulate your blood sugar levels – pushing those carb calories into our muscles to be used as energy or stored as energy for later use. Then, it tells our brain that we are full and satisfied and suppresses our appetite. The problem is that fructose doesn’t stimulate insulin or the part of the brain to turn off the desire to eat more. This is why it’s possible to drink a 2 liter of soda pop or other foods with fructose and continue feeling hungry.
Exercise is a great way to burn up the excess glucose in the blood without using insulin. This is why exercise is such an important piece to preventing or reversing diabetics. My favorite type of exercise is Burst Training. High intensity intervals with a rest in between. So an example may be running in place for as fast as you can go for 45 seconds and then rest for 45 seconds and then do it again. Other movement you could use are jumping jacks, mountain climbers, running, high kicks. Movement that will raise your heartbeat. This will allow your body to burn more calories and when done in a set will give you the same benefit as if you worked out for an hour.
The solution, eat God given foods that come from nature and are organic. I would also add eat in balance each time you eat. Meaning, eat a clean protein (100% grass fed beef, pastured rasied poultry, wild caught fish), clean fat (like raw nuts and seeds, coconut oil, avocados etc) and carbohydrates (like VEGETEBLES and low glycemic fruits).
Eating is pleasure, so choose wisely real God given foods. Remember, if you don’t take time for wellness, you’ll be forced to take time for illness.
Beth Schupanitz, of Inspiring Health is a Registered Nutrition Consultant & Certified Health Coach. She specializes in life long weight loss, balanced eating to control blood sugars, and support to lower cholesterol, thru customized meal planning, supplementation, exercise protocols and stress management. Beth is becoming know for being the “Sugar Mama”. She conducts a very successful “Shrink Your Middle – 7 Day Sugar Cleanse” which really helps jumpstarts people’s path to ridding themselves of sugar cravings. www.inspiringhealthsolutions.com – 612 804-6675