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When I was 215 pounds, I never paid attention to the amount of fat, protein or carbs my food had. After I started “dieting” I paid attention to calories and fat. I would buy the fat free version of what ever I could get my hands on. Now, I opt for full fat, pay attention to more than just fat and calories and choose my foods wisely.

 

It is amazing to me how many women that I talk to on a daily basis that still have the same old adage that I did. Fat makes you fat. That have no idea why the right kind of carbs are key and protein is your friend. That is why I was so compelled to record this podcast for you.

 

We go into a ton of detail in the podcast, but here is a quick rundown for you:

Oh and before I forget, protein shakes are a great way to get in more protein. They are great to have as a snack, part of a meal, or even for dessert! Iso Dymatize 100 is my favorite. And if you want taste and variety, 53 Simple and Easy Protein Shake Recipes For Weight Loss, is a book that I wrote. I have included recipes like, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate mocha and my favorite pumpkin pie! You can check the book out by clicking here.

 

Protein

Primary Function: Protein has been shown to induce a satiating of hunger greater than its caloric content alone. Protein helps you feel fuller longer because it is slowly digested.

Protein is broken down into amino acids and then used in various functions of the body depending on the body’s needs.

Amino acids will be preferentially shuttled to the repair and building of new body tissue(muscle) as long as the body is in a positive energy balance (i.e. you’re not starving yourself).

There are 4 calories in 1 gram of protein

 

Carbs

Primary FunctionTo fuel the body’s metabolic and energy needs.

All carbohydrates are broken down in the body as glucose

The difference between a simple carb(sugar) and a complex carb(starch) is the speed at which your digestive system converts them into glucose.

The glycemic index(GI) is a measure of how quickly different foods raise the blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels. A higher GI indicates a faster digesting carbohydrate.

There are 4 calories in gram of carbs

 

Fat

Primary Function: To fuel the body’s metabolic needs.

The body can switch between primarily burning fat for fuel and glucose(carbs) for fuel. The body can survive without any dietary carbohydrates but cannot survive without dietary fat.

Use fat to “fill in” calories that you need after budgeting for your proteins and carbohydrates.

The amount of fat you eat should be tied directly to your level of carbohydrate intake. The more carbohydrates you eat the lower total percentage of calories you should get from fat. Conversely the less carbohydrates you eat the more percentage of calories you should get from fat.

There are 9 calories in gram of fat

 

It All Ties Together

Last week we talked about calorie counting and the importance. Now you see the difference in the amount of calories in each part of your food and how they each play different roles in  your body.

 

If you have not listened to last weeks podcast all about making calorie counting easier and why you should do it, You can listen to it right now by clicking here.

 

Start now, because life is so much different when you are healthy and happy with yourself. Remember, when life throws you lemons make lemonade. When losing weight and getting healthy doesn’t seem like it can or will fit in your life, make the best of it, try your hardest and just keep pushing.

Author: Avril Baxter

Avril Baxter is a professional online personal trainer & weight loss coach. Avril is helping hundreds of people lose weight fast by being personally involved with each client for support in healthy eating, fitness workout videos, and continuous encouragement to help them reach their weight loss goals.

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