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Where The Extra Weight Is Coming From

Where The Extra Weight Is Coming From

By Victoralynn Davis

Unless you meticulously chart everything you eat and how many calories it contains, likely, you don’t remember everything that you ate over the week. To determine  where excess weight is coming from. Utilize a free food tracker app or use a good old fashioned pen and notebook it can get you started with recording eating habits, and measure your carb. In addition, with food tracker app you can also determine what’s working against your health goal. 

Now you might be asking: what exactly should I be looking out for dietary purposes? In all likelihood, it’s carbohydrates.Carbohydrates are simply sugar molecules that are broken down

from long chains into simpler molecules called glucose. Glucose is the primary molecule used for energy within your body. That’s why you may like sweet things like candy, sugary snacks, and fruit to a lesser extent. Those things have a concentrated amount of carbohydrates that ultimately break down to sugar. But sugar isn’t just present in concentrated sugar foods. It’s also in what can be considered non-sweet foods like vegetables, bread, pasta, grains, and even beer. Your body may like the taste, texture, or extra boost of energy you get from those things, but where does the excess glucose go if you aren’t using it?  It is stored in fats. If you’re working out a double-time to try and lose a little or a lot of weight, and nothing is working, take a look at the foods mentioned above. Are you indulging in them more often than you should? Now, you may have heard of simple vs. complex carbs. It can be kind of confusing, especially since there are potential weight gain culprits in both groups. The best way to figure out which carbs to consume is to eat food that is as close to nature and as unprocessed as possible. The more you consume processed something is, the more energy-dense probably is, which means that extra energy will turn into fat (or negatively affect your health in some other way). Eliminating carbs consist of the following:

Bread for sure! all types of yeast: whole, sliced, seeded, wheat, so-called natural or organic, hamburger buns, hotdog buns, croissants, pizza, cinnamon rolls, cookies, donuts, pastries, the list goes on. Next is kinds of pasta. That means macaroni, spaghetti, fettuccine, ravioli, lasagna, are all off the list.

Next is concentrated junk food items, such as sodas, any beverage containing artificial sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup, candy, cereals, and gummy or granola bar snacks.

And let’s not forget about white potatoes in the form of french fries (cut out the starch from your diet ). After these eliminations, see how much your workouts and body will improve from the change. Replace all of the above-mentioned sweets with our original carbohydrate source: fruits and vegetables, and more vegetables in the form of leafy greens than anything. And don’t worry, you’re not just limiting yourself to lettuce and carrots. There’s a myriad of vegetables and fruits available for you to try .I’ve found that more exotic fruits like Fuyu persimmons and dragon fruit are great as snacks, as well as cherries, seeded grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Be creative with salad recipes and try. different lettuce varieties, like butterleaf, red leaf, or bibb lettuce, or mix the greens and combine them with arugula or dandelion greens. Mix them with berries to make it naturally sweeter if you’d like. And if you want avocado, have at it! This is also an excellent opportunity to check out your local health-centered grocery store, or maybe a few of them if you’re able. Sometimes you’ll find different stores that carry other foods, and be sure to research any seasonal foods. Buying in-season helps you to save money, plus you’ll be eating in a way your body has been familiar with for thousands of years (that is, eating what’s available by season).

So if you’ve tried everything you could except cutting out those processed carbs, then that might be what’s making your body hold onto that weight. It won’t be easy; processed carbs are one of the most challenging foods to leave beyond on the path to excellent health. Even if you indulge every once in a while, don’t feel bad about it. Just chart it down and make a note not to indulge again, at least for a long, long time. Take care, and don’t give up on your neverending health journey.

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