Monday, June 8, 2009

Eating the right proportions matters

This is huge! You have to eat the right amounts of carbs, proteins, and fats and timing is key. Of course everyone is different, so each person has to figure out what works best for them. As far as timing goes, you really need to try and eat something every 3-4 hours to keep your blood sugar from dropping and thus putting your body into starvation mode where it wants to store everything you eat since you aren't giving it food on a consistent basis. Whether it's a meal or a snack it should always have a protein and a carb, having just one or the other can cause energy problems. The protein will slow down the digestion so you won't have rapid sugar highs followed by a crash. The carb will give you energy to run on and keep you thinking clearly since your brain runs on glucose (which comes primarily from carbs).

So what are carbs and proteins? Carbs come from plants and proteins come from animals to put it simply. Fats come along for the ride with your proteins for the most part.

Here are some examples:
Carbs - fruits, vegetables....less preferred starches like potatos, pasta, bread
Proteins/Fats - eggs, meats, cheese, nuts

As a side note most of these foods have some of each type of nutrient (carbs, proteins, fats) they typically just have one that is predominant....

Why does this matter? Because how frequently you eat and the type of nutrients you eat affect how many calories you burn and the amount of fat and muscle you have...which contributes to whether or not you achieve the look and level of health you want.

Tomorrow.... the quality of what you eat......