Balanced Eating Keeps You Thin
Do you know how to balance a meal? Balance in a meal means the proportionate combination of protein, carbohydrates and essential fats that will help you burn body fat. The particular amounts vary with each individual.
We’re all unique. Through experimentation, you can find the correct ratios of these foods to obtain the proper balance for your body. You’ll also discover which foods you should avoid. You can then create meals that nourish and energize you.
Weight and fat storage are regulated by hormones and enzymes. Scientists developed drugs to regulate hormonal output, but we now know that food triggers hormonal output as certainly as drugs do.
Eat more balanced meals if:
You crave sugar and carbohydrates.
Your BMI is in the overweight or obese range.
You’re having trouble losing the last 5-10 pounds.
Your high-carb, low-fat diet is not helping you lose weight.
You are hungry or tired between breakfast and lunch.
You want to improve your energy, stamina and mental performance.
You feel tired and sluggish after eating lunch.
Your diet is not improving your health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or PMS.
You experience fatigue and mood swings.
You want to improve tissue repair and recovery from exercise.
You wake up groggy and need even more sleep.
You’ve tried fad diets and lost weight, only to gain it all back.
You want permanent weight loss.
The 40-30-30 principle
- 40% complex carbohydrates (vs. refined carbohydrates like white flour, sugar, pasta and rice).
- 30% protein (plant or animal based, not processed like hot dogs, sausage, etc.).
- 30% natural, healthy fats (no fried or hydrogenated fats).
Some people may need 40% protein and 30% carbs to stimulate fat burning.
During weight loss, limit starches to one serving per meal. Too many carbs with a meal can elevate blood sugar and insulin levels, slowing or stopping fat burning.
A key point to remember is don’t skip meals: Reducing food or calorie intake too much slows fat burning. Eat according to your hunger. Try not to go more than four to six hours without eating.
Be patient! Allow time for your body to adjust to new eating patterns. If you’ve been on a high-carb diet, it may take longer for your body to adjust. Remember the secret is balance. It always has been and always will be.
This article is a general guideline to balanced eating. Everyone’s body is different and results can differ. To find out more about balanced eating and how to keep yourself naturally thin, call Dr. Clow 321-725 8778 and schedule an appointment.
Dr. Bradley Clow is focused on helping as many people as possible reach their optimum health potential. He utilizes not only chiropractic adjustment but provides a complete spectrum of natural healthcare: individualized supplements, massage therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises. This allows Dr. Clow and his staff to focus on the needs of each individual.
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