Did you also know there are four calories per gram in Carbohydrates and protein, 7 calories in a gram of alcohol.
What do all these things do for our body?
Well in layman’s terms….
Carbohydrates could be likened to the wood on a fire; it provides us with energy. Simple carbohydrates such as cakes and fruit could be described as the small twigs on a fire, quick to burn out. They lack the vital minerals, vitamins and fibre to sustain our body. Rice, pasta, potatoes are known as complex carbohydrates. They take longer to burn and sustain our body for longer. Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose and used by the body.
So why do we need fat then?
Fat provides much needed energy. It would be very difficult to eat the large amounts of food in a very low fat diet and get all the energy you need.
It also makes food taste less bland.
Fat protects your organs, keeps you warm and helps your body absorb and move nutrients around. It also helps hormone production.
Over centuries of evolution our body still hangs onto the fact that we may run out of food. So excess is stored on our bodies. Just in case the supermarkets run out, you’ve seen it in human behavior. They predict snow in the UK for a day and the shelves empty (just in case it’s actually the start of the new ice age)!!
Protein can be thought of as the builder and building material for the body. Our body’s nerves, tissues, bones all are made up of proteins. So proteins become very necessary for them to grow and repair. You can think of them as your construction crew building, crafting and ensuring your body stays in the best state possible.
So just to finish it off here are a few top tips with food.
Fruits are great but they are still sugar so they can play havoc with your insulin levels. Eat the skins of apples, pears etc. The skin helps the body break it down more slowly making your body burn more energy in the process.
An average apple can contain something like 90 calories, it may take 110 calories to digest it skin and all, therefore a negative calorie loss of 20 calories just from eating!
In theory a pound of body fat equates to around 3500 calories
Don’t overcook you vegetables for the same reason, if you overcook them they are already starting to break down before they’ve even hit the stomach. Again it makes the body work harder.
Make sure you drink water regularly, thirst can sometimes be misinterpreted as hunger.
A healthy diet and regular exercise, which doesn’t have to be in a gym, can have some amazing results. I have worked with a number of groups last year where the participants have eaten healthy and exercised regularly often more than before and lost not only weight but also changed their body shape considerably.
Let’s work on making our nation of convenience into a national of confident individuals, proud of who they are and what they’ve achieved, by just going back to the basics.