Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Three Steps to Weight Gain

Just how do we gain weight without even trying? Dr. Joseph Mercola offers this simple explanation in his book “Raising Fit Kids in a Fat World”.
When you eat carbohydrates, your blood-sugar level increases as the carbohydrates are digested. Your body then releases insulin to lower the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Insulin helps convert carbohydrates into fat. Insulin also inhibits your body’s ability to burn fat. This is the insulin response.
High insulin levels suppress glucagons and growth hormone. Glucagons promote the burning of fat and sugar in the body. Growth hormone is needed to increase the growth of muscle tissue. A steady diet of grains, starches and sugars signal your body to block the release of these two key fat-releasing hormones.
Increased levels of insulin cause hunger. Typically the craving will be for sweets and more grains. The grains and sugars you eat simply drive you to eat more of the wrong foods. This is the reason as to why many starchy vegetables, grains, and sugars can be addictive.
By changing your eating habits, you can break this vicious cycle that attributes to weight gain.

Simply stated, stay away from added sugars, simple carbohydrates and all processed foods that contains these ingredients.  When you do, the binge eating of "sweet and salty" will come to an end and your blood sugar will remain stable.

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