February 06, 2018

How to stop carbohydrate absorption?

According to researchers, carbohydrates are required in our diets. After all, they contain zero fat, provide instant energy, and make almost any food taste better. But these attributes are all trumped by a physiological fact: carbohydrates are not a weight loss food. That may seem like a given, but by understanding why it makes you fat, you can minimize carbohydrate's harmful effects and create a leaner, healthier body.

Eating carbohydrate is like flipping a switch that tells your body to store fat. And carbohydrate is everywhere—not just in soda, candy, and desserts. It's disguised in refined sugars like bread, rice, and pasta, and even in beer and milk. Your body can't tell the difference—it quickly digests and absorbs all these carbohydrates into your bloodstream as glucose.

Here's what happens: Every time you eat carbohydrate, your blood-glucose level rises quickly. In turn, this stimulates the release of insulin, a powerful hormone that signals your body to store fat. There's also a dose response: The more carbohydrate you down at any one time—resulting in a greater rise in blood glucose and, consequently, in insulin—the longer you stay in fat-storage mode.

Of course, you may not be ready to give up sandwiches, fried rice, and spaghetti. But use the cutting-edge strategies that follow and you can slow the rate at which carbohydrate is absorbed into your bloodstream. The payoff: You'll diminish the impact any food has on your glucose levels—and on your body's ability to burn fat.

Consider it nutritional damage control. And the benefits extend beyond the physiology of fat metabolism. Research shows that keeping blood-glucose levels in check decreases appetite and reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Fortunately, that's not just industry marketing hype; it's a scientific reality!

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