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Old 04-03-2007, 03:57 PM   #2
Kevin McKay
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Just stuff you already know, but here is the usual blurb for what it is worth

Our bodies respond hormonally to what we eat based on 2.5 millions years of evolutionary programing, without this type of mechanism we might not have survived the ice age.
http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=ice+age+thrifty+gene&hl=en&um=1&oi=schol art

Carbs by themselves and especially refined carbs will raise insulin telling your body to store fat rather than burn it, but you can program your body hormonally with the food you eat to maximize fat loss.

How to construct your meals and snacks...

Each meal or snack should contain Protein-carbohydrates-fat

1) Eat some protein (about what will fit in your palm) eg chicken, beef, shrimp, eggs...
Protein stimulates glucagon this will cause the release of stored carbohydrate in the liver to keep your brain satisfied, thereby making it easy to control the carbohydrate intake. Furthermore, glucagon depresses insulin secretion, making protein your most powerful tool in controlling insulin levels

2) vegetables with fat.
Fat signals your brain to reduce apatite, incoming fat tells your body it is ok to burn fat, fat retards the absorption of carbohydrates preventing insulin from going up. Fiber rich nutrient dense vegetables also have the effect of lowering apatite and the fiber will retard carbohydrate absorption as well.

3) fruit
Fiber/nutrient dense fruit if not eaten in excess is a great was to fill your carbohydrate needs and if eaten after protein and vegetables should not raise insulin.

example meals

grilled shrimp
grilled asparagus with olive oil
apple

chicken breast
salad oil and vinegar dressing
orange

top round steak
sliced cucumber with sesame oil, vinegar, and soy sauce
bowl strawberries

Cheers
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