Thursday, November 6, 2008

Day 221- Nutrition Bite

Studies show a low-carb diet works better than a low-fat diet to treat obesity and cholesterol. Low-carb means a diet low in sugars, refined flours, and refined grains that quickly raise your blood sugar and insulin levels. A study at Harvard Medical School took three overweight individuals and fed them three different foods that were all the same calorie content. The study found young men who consumed a starchy breakfast of instant oatmeal retained higher levels of insulin and adrenaline, and consumed more calories during the day.

From the Ultrametabolisim by Dr. Mark Hyman

Sugar Preacher's Experience
When I eat a breakfast consisting of bagels, muffins, sugar cereal or instant oatmeal, I am also hungrier throughout the day. A few days ago, I had buckweheat pancakes topped with applesauce for breakfast and wasn't hungry until dinner. A low-carb diet is more satisfying!!

1 comment:

The Rambler said...

Buckwheat pancakes and applesauce are still pretty high in carbs although the egg protein and fiber probably help.

My tip for this is to add unflavored protein powder to starchy foods. I need protein in the mornings, especially when I'm pregnant or breastfeeding, so I add it to my oatmeal in the winter, or shake it up with 4 oz O.J. in the summer. I also add it to pancakes and baked goods.

My 14-month old is mostly interested in milk derived proteins right now which are often high in saturated fats so I find that sprinkling some on whatever he's eating (even a peanut butter sandwich)is a good way to increase his protien intake after he's refused meat or beans.