The idea of food combining for weight loss just might be a new concept for you.
It isn’t necessarily new – but it is often over shadowed by other more sexy and dramatic weight loss tactics that promises instant weight loss results.
Since I am trying to keep the information in the Weight Loss Laboratory scientific and real, I wanted to take a step back and get back to basics. I wanted to teach you how to use food combining for lose weight.
The theory behind eating certain foods together while avoiding other combinations goes back to the carbohydrates in our diets and the insulin response from them.
As you probably know by now, carbohydrate intake can make or break our weight loss efforts, especially simple carbohydrates, such as sugar, as well as grains and breads.
Eat too many of these foods are watch your waistline expand (like when you eat bagels everyday for breakfast).
Let’s talk about why this happens.
When you eat foods primarily made of carbohydrates it goes through your digestive system and is broken down quite rapidly into glucose molecules. These glucose molecules then enter the bloodstream and look for some place to go.
Glucose is primarily used by the body for energy, so once it enters the blood stream the body looks to use it right away. It could be used for energy by the brain, organs, and even the muscles.
When glucose levels raise in the bloodstream, a subsequent amount of insulin is produced and released by the pancreas into the body. It will be insulin’s job to “carry” the glucose molecules to their future home.
Eat just a little carbohydrates and you get just a little raise in insulin.
Eat an enormous amount of carbohydrates and get an enormous raise in inulin.
(When you eat foods primarily composed of protein or fat, the subsequent raise in insulin levels is minimal.)
If there is a need for energy at that point any place in the body then insulin will see that it gets to the right place and it gets used.
However, if there is no need for more energy when the glucose is available then the body will convert the glucose into fat (compliments of insulin) and store it somewhere in the body to be used at a time where there is no energy readily available.
So, just to summarize, some carbohydrates in the diet is ok, especially if there is a physiological need for it. But too many carbohydrates will cause the body to store the resulting glucose molecules, and everything else eaten with it at the time (even protein and fat), to be stored as fat.
Food Combining for Weight Loss…
So we need to figure out how to eat carbohydrates but not have them and anything else we eat with them stored as fat.
One technique you can use is to combine certain foods together when eating and to avoid combining food combinations that will lead directly to weight gain (or even simply prevent weight loss).
Based on the physiology lesson of carbohydrates and insulin above, it is optimal for you to combine carbohydrates with protein but not with fat.
So, acceptable food combinations include:
Protein + Carbohydrates = good
Protein + Fat = good
The worst thing you can do when trying to lose weight would be to combing carbohydrates with fat.
Carbohydrates + Fat = bad
In general, fat has gotten a bad reputation. The food and diet pills industry has tried to make you believe that eating fat makes you fat, and that’s not the case at all.
Fat consumption does not result in the same insulin spike that carbohydrates does and therefore, the fat you eat won’t get stored as fat as readily.
However, if fat is present in the blood stream when you eat a large amount of carbohydrates, and get that major insulin spike, there is a very good chance the fat will also be stored as fat.
So, it’s essential to steer clear of fat and carbohydrate consumption in the same meal.
Here are some examples of acceptable food combining for weight loss:
- Grass-fed steak with green beans
- Salad topped with chicken breast
- Ham and egg omelet with cheese
These are all awesome examples of what I eat everyday.
But be sure to avoid food combinations such as:
- grilled cheese
- cheeseburger on a roll
Food combining for weight loss in this manner can be an extremely useful tool on your journey to lean. Give it a shot for a few weeks and let me know how it works for you.
Susan Campbell, MS
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