Ask the average American and, given the relatively recent boom in health-centric marketing, he or she is very likely to know that carbohydrates are no good if you are looking to lose weight. However, exactly why this is the case is often unclear.
Foods heavy in carbohydrates often have an incredible impact on insulin secretion. Insulin is a storage hormone. Its purpose is to push nutrients into the body tissue (like muscle and fat). Additionally, insulin stops lipolysis and fat oxidation (aka fat burning). This increases the storage of carbohydrates as fat.
Insulin is well-known for its unfortunate ability to halt fat burning, because that in turn leads to greater rates of fat accumulation. Another hormone, glucagon, is renowned for its ability to fight the effect of insulin. This means an increase in the ability to burn fat, matched with the extent to which glucagon inhibits the secretion of insulin. The pancreas secretes glucagon in response to protein consumption and low levels of blood glucose. In fact, increasing your protein intake encourages the release of glucagon, improving your fat burning capability.
So, a true fat-burning diet needs to include plenty of protein. Instead of opting for carbohydrate-laden foods, explore lean meats. Most forms of poultry, for instance, are well-established in the fitness community as excellent options. Certain dietary supplements can also be immensely helpful to readjust your diet away from carbs towards a more nutrient-rich lifestyle.
Even without meat, a variety of great food options exist. Smoothies can be a tasty and healthy way to get a wide variety of the nutrients you need to function. The BioTrust Low Carb time-released protein blend is an excellent product that works even better when paired with whole, nutrient-rich foods. Try this recipe for a well-rounded meal:
- 2 scoops BioTrust Low Carb time-released protein blend
- 8 – 12 ounces low-calorie liquid (e.g., water, unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened green tea)
- 1 – 2 cupped handfuls of fruit (e.g., berries)
- 1 fistful of veggies (e.g., spinach, kale)
- 1 thumb-sized portion of healthy fats (e.g., nuts, nut butter, Omega Dessert)