If you’re trying to drop a few kilos, don’t start off by trying to overhaul all your eating and exercise habits. You’re better off finding several simple things you can do on a daily basis along with following the cardinal rules of eating more vegetables and less fat and getting more physical activity. Together, they should send the scale numbers in the right direction: down.
In theory, losing weight is quite simple. Just eat less and exercise more. But putting that into practice can be complicated. Finding a diet that you enjoy, that works with your lifestyle, and that has the right combination of nutrients is a very individual process.
Some people fare better on one diet whereas others are hungry all the time on the same diet. And of course, if you’re hungry all the time, eating fewer calories will be challenging.
At Sky Spirit we encourage our members to start making dietary changes with dinner, cutting down on carbohydrates in the evenings. The theory behind a low-carb dinner is that insulin prevents fat breakdown in the body by allowing sugar to be used for energy. Proponents of the low-carb diet believe that decreasing carbs results in lower insulin levels, which causes the body to burn stored fat for energy and ultimately helps it shed excess weight and reduce risk factors for a variety of health conditions.
Your body uses carbohydrates as its main fuel source. Sugars and starches are broken down into simple sugars during digestion. They’re then absorbed into your bloodstream, where they’re known as blood sugar (glucose). From there, the glucose enters your body’s cells with the help of insulin. Some of this glucose is used by your body for energy, fueling all of your activities, whether it’s going for a jog or simply breathing. Extra glucose is stored in your liver, muscles and other cells for later use or is converted to fat.
A low-carb dinner should focus on proteins, including meat, poultry, fish and eggs, and some non starchy vegetables and excludes or limits most grains, beans, fruits, breads, sweets, pastas and starchy vegetables.