The human body is a fascinating thing.
It’s a crazy complex machine that runs on multiple fuel sources.
We put food in our mouths and our body breaks it down and turns it into energy.
But unlike other machines, say a car, that’s made of hard steel and has a limit on how much fuel you can put in it.
The human body can keep taking fuel.
It does this amazing thing where it converts food into a fuel source it can use for later.
How good would that be, if you had a bit of extra cash laying around you could put a bit more in your car and save it there for a rainy day?
You wouldn’t have to stress so much about payday and fueling up the car.
Unfortunately, when we start saving too much of our energy for later it starts giving us major health problems, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure just to name a few.
So, simple as that. Eating too much, and not burning enough calories causes weight gain.
Not too tricky to figure outright. But another big problem is the stuff we’re eating.
You see most of what makes up the average diet now is not actually food.
Too many people are consuming high-calorie products.
And I say consuming because it’s not just what we eat.
All of these calories are being drunk.
To put it nice and blunt for you.
If it comes in a package chances are it’s a product, not food.
Food grows in the ground, on trees, and comes from animals.
Products are made in a factory and have an ingredient list that looks like a science fair project.
We need to eat more fruits and vegetables.
They are lower in calories and highly nutritious.
Not only do we need fuel for our bodies.
But we need to be getting more nutrients in.
Nutrients are aiding in all sorts of functions in the body we don’t even think about.
We need to be eating way more whole foods.
I just wrote about the types of stuff: fruit, vegetables, grains, meats, dairy, eggs, etc.
The stuff that doesn’t come off a production line.
Here‘s a guide to getting the balance right between having the body you want and eating the foods you like as well.
Because let’s be honest no one wants to completely give up all the good stuff right?
Things you should quit asap include.
Soft drinks are loaded with sugar.
And what’s worse is all of those calories you are drinking aren’t keeping you full. It’s going straight to your spare tire!
And all that sugar brings us to our next point.
Time to cut the sugar! I’m talking about cakes, biscuits, candies, donuts.
You know the rest. Sugar is too much for the body to process and pretty much gets stored right away.
It’s addictive and it’s killing you!
Another one we need to cut out.
It’s loaded with trans fats and sugar as well.
It’s calorie-dense and basically devoid of any nutrients.
Why we think it should even be called food amazes me.
Peanut butter is very high in fats.
But if you make smart choices when you buy it, it’s high in healthy fats.
You see, some fats are good for you.
Healthy fats help your body absorb nutrients, protect your organs and are also a fuel source.
But we need to be getting the right fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are what we’re after.
The types of fats we want to eat come from avocado, olive oil, nuts, and of course your omega-3 and omega-6 that you’ll find in salmon, walnuts, soybean, and sunflower seeds.
So next time you’re buying peanut butter flip the jar around and read the back.
Peanut butter should only have a few ingredients.
Peanuts and maybe a little salt. I look for peanut butter that has one ingredient, peanuts.
The only problem you have with the purest peanut butter then is eating too much of it.
Good fats or bad fats, too many fats are still too many fats.
Peanut butter is great.
I have it daily, but I don’t overdo it.
I keep mentioning understanding the value of food and tracking your macros.
I know how much peanut butter I can eat every day, so that’s all I have. It’s as simple as that.
Eating too much rice can cause belly fat.
Especially eating more refined and higher processed white rice.
The reason for this being is the type of carbohydrate white rice is.
You see, not all carbs are equal.
We have high GI and Low GI carbs.
GI stands for glycemic index.
The glycemic index is the rating given to carbs based on how they affect blood glucose levels.
Basically, the speed at which they are broken down and used by the body.
The lower the GI level the better it is for you.
Here’s a good article for you to see a few simple swaps you can make that will make a big difference to your waistline.
As you see, rice doesn’t have to be the problem, when you get your portions right, there’s no reason why you can’t have brown rice or basmati rice.
These are both lower GI.
Before we wrap it up though I thought I’d share mine before and after photo with you.
So you can see I’ve been there too.
Sure I was never really overweight, but I took didn’t take care of myself and you can see what a difference a little bit of knowledge can do.
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