Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Smart Food Choices Can Make the Difference

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Smart Food Choices Can Make the Difference

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Byline: Lisa Watson

IT'S amazing to me the amount of people who try really hard to lose weight but never end with the figure they are happy with.

Let this be the year you change that through simple life changes. This is something that is very achievable. If losing weight and changing your body shape is your goal, then these small steps will send you well on your way to lasting change.

The reason a lot of people overeat is simply that the previous meal has not given adequate nutrition. Until you feed your body with the right macro-nutrients, the brain tells you 'give me more' and that cycle continues until you eat the next meal. It really is a vicious circle.

Most people now are very good at reading the labels on food, which is great, but one thing that people sometimes don't check for is the sugars. Food packaging is often misleading too. Lots of foods will list fructose or lactose, which are all types of sugar. Basically anything that ends with -ose is a form of sugar.

Most low-fat, low-calorie foods have lots of sugar, and this could be the reason you may be carrying fat on stomach, arms and thighs.

In the liver, excess sugar is stored in the form of glucose (glycogen). Since the liver's capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar soon makes it expand.

When the liver is filled with its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These fatty acids are taken to every part of the body and stored as fat in the most inactive areas.

Sugar-free artificially sweetened products are not the answer either. Artificial sweeteners tell your taste buds that nutrition has arrived, which to the brain means nutrition has arrived.

When the artificially sweetened drink or food reaches the small intestine, the receptors find no nutrition.

A message is then sent to the brain to say no nutrition is found, then the brain sends the message to keep eating because we need nutrition to help process all the 'non foods'. …

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