All calories are not created equal. We have finally figured this out. My dad and mom have fought over caloric intake for many, many years. My mom has always had a weight problem, while my dad seems able to eat anything he wants and has never fluctuated 10 pounds from his college weight. He will tell my mom: “you have to burn more calories than you take in, and then you will lose weight.”
While this may be true, there are some foods that will serve you better if you are trying to lose weight. There are different forms of fat burning diets that show how eating the right foods and right combination of foods can aid in faster weight loss. What these diets are based off of are two main things: certain foods that rise above others because of certain amino acids or other elements they possess that aid in fat burning, and a diet that is based off of low glycemic foods that prevent insulin from spiking too high.
The more insulin you produce after a meal, the more apt you are to store more fat. Fat cells “feed” off of insulin and thus work towards storing the excess sugar rather than burning it. Foods that have a low glycemic index digest more slowly, keep you feeling fuller for longer periods of time, and prevent a big spike in insulin release into your bloodstream.
The thing is, a fat burning diet can be difficult to stick to with the main reason that habits are hard to change. Once you can break the cycle of binging on starchy and refined carbs such as bread, flour tortillas, rice, sugar, many cold cereals, candy, and pastas, then you will inevitably lose weight. It has been difficult for our family who eats breads, cereals, and pastas like there is no tomorrow. A fat burning food diet is not a low carb diet, but you do have to watch what kind of carbs you are putting into your mouth to be able to accelerate your weight loss.
Two resources that I have found helpful in establishing my own fat burning diet plan is The Thin Commandments by Stephen Gullo and The Fat Flush Plan by Ann Louise Gittleman, both PH.Ds. Both are available through Amazon, or you could probably also find them at your local library.
My previous posts discusses some of the foods that burn fat that I use in my own diet, with the above books being key for me in establishing my eating plans. I do have to say that I am far from organized with my eating plans and do not stick to any regimented eating plan. My goal from day one has been to change my eating selections into habits that last and do not seem like they deprive me of what I want to eat. The fat burning diet I use will be posted in one of my future articles. I am in the process of recording down some of my meals and tricks I use to make sure I am getting the most out of my calories and carbs.