Carbohydrates and weight loss

Cut down on carbs to lose weight faster

You should eat fewer carbohydrates if you want to lose weight quickly.

Having said that, there is no need to cut out carbohydrates entirely if you are trying to lose weight and, in fact, that would not be a healthy step. Carbohydrates are an essential energy source for the body, but you should certainly cut back on the amount you are consuming – simple carbohydrates in particular.

In contrast, there are some healthy carbohydrates that you can eat that will actually give your body fuel to function, thereby facilitating exercise, a faster metabolism and weight loss.

The key is therefore controlling your carbohydrate intake, tailoring it to support weight loss instead of creating an obstacle to weight loss.

Which carbohydrates for weight loss?

Carbohydrates typically sit in the body and are very difficult to completely burn off. For best weight loss results, you therefore need to understand the difference between “good” and “bad” carbohydrates, finding those that are going to help (rather than hinder) your efforts.

There are some carbohydrates that offer you little or no nutritional value, and that can actually cause your blood sugar levels to spike and possibly create an insulin imbalance. It is important to consume a majority of healthy carbohydrates if you want to lose weight and keep it off.

Carbohydrates, such as fruit, vegetables, grains and other plant-based sources are healthy options that will support all-round nutrition, fibre intake, a fast metabolism and a feeling of satiety, at the same time as carbohydrate intake for energy levels. Examples include:

  • barley or barley grass
  • quinoa
  • chickpeas
  • wholegrains
  • sweet potatoes
  • oats
  • bananas
  • beetroot
  • grapefruit
  • and many more.

But one word of caution… While fruit is, of course, highly nutritious, beware not to over-indulge given the high levels of sugar. Even though these are healthy fruit sugars, they can still contribute to weight gain. Balance your diet carefully.

Eat smart, plan well

Changing the way you eat will most likely be one of the key factors that will help you achieve your weight-loss goals. Almost certainly, years of poor eating habits have led to the excess weight in the first place. It is those habits that need to be reversed.

Instead of eating your big meal in the evening, try changing it to lunch. Try not to eat starchy carbohydrates after 3pm; instead make your final meal of the day no more than three hours before bedtime. That meal should be a light meal high in lean protein and nutrients, but low in calories.

Sugary drinks, refined sugar and other processed foods are all things to avoid at all costs. Carbonated beverages, in particular, are full of sugar and unhealthy carbohydrates, and can also add to any cravings that you experience. Instead, choose a bottle of water to reduce the thirst that you have and help you to feel fuller, if you want to stay as healthy and slim as possible.

Also try to ensure that you have a little bit of lean protein in all of your meals, even breakfast. Protein tends to fill you up more than carbohydrates or fats would.

To help you lose weight, plan on eating a substantial healthy breakfast each morning. This strategy will help you avoid overeating at lunch time or craving snacks between the meals. Egg whites are a good choice.

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Hemp seed protein powder

Making a big difference with hemp seed protein powder

You will not believe how easy it is to make a huge difference to your health with the help of hemp seed protein.

If you are looking for a diet supplement that works for the long term, hemp seed protein is it. It is loaded with tonnes of essential amino acids and many of the nutrients our bodies need to keep us healthy.

How to create a blend that provides you with the most benefits for the least amount of effort?

The first thing you need to do when selecting your protein supplement is to find the best hemp protein powder – natural, balanced, high quality and free from added nasties.

There are many places you can go to find good quality protein powder. Many online stores and nutritional supplement companies sell products that use natural sources. For maximum benefit, there should be no artificial preservatives or colours in your chosen powder.

Hemp is also known as Cannabutter. It comes from the seeds of the hemp plant which is also the source of many of the vitamins and minerals found in traditional diets.

So now you better understand the ingredient that you will be using and what you need to look for when you are looking for the right hemp protein powder.

Maximising the benefits of hemp seed protein powder

After you have decided on the blend that is right for you, you need to ensure that you include it in your daily diet at least four times per day (or as advised) for maximum benefit, i.e. increased protein and nutrient intake from a quality source.

The next step is to make sure that you use your shake at breakfast, lunch and in the afternoon. Consuming the powder right before you go to bed will not have as much of an effect as drinking it right before you start your day.

The final step in making sure that you get the most out of your shake is to make sure that you always drink a glass of water with each serving of protein powder. This will help to keep you hydrated, will balance out any dietary fibre intake and will also help to flush out toxins.

You will soon see that you are losing weight and feeling great throughout the day by simply incorporating this nutritious superfood into your daily diet.

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