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                           Healthy Girl          What to eat?

 

When it comes to diets and obesity, one of the biggest problems is intolerable and persistent cravings.

In many people that persistent feeling of hunger is caused by the mechanism of sharp increases and decreases in blood sugar levels. This rapid increase is caused by the absorption of carbohydrates, which is followed by the production of significant amounts of insulin which then lead to a sharp drop in blood sugar levels, once again causing an unbearable feeling of hunger.

 

What are the main causes of cravings?

1. Alcohol (derived from sugars).

2. Fast-acting carbohydrates (simple sugars): such as sugar, cane sugar, fructose, honey, chocolate, ...

3. Slow-burning carbohydrates (complex sugars, better known as starches): such as flour, rice, potatoes, bread, corn,
    semolina, pasta, white beans, ...

4. Saturated fats (mainly animal fats) such as lard, bacon, butter, ...

5. All kinds of flavour enhancers: such as monosodium glutamate (E621), salt, ...

6. Boredom and little movement

 

 

                           Plate                              Balance

 

What is a (high) protein diet?

People on a (high) protein diet are advised to eat proteins and certain vegetables that are high in fibre but contain low amounts of sugar and to drink a lot of low-calorie liquids, on the one hand, while avoiding the consumption of any kind of carbohydrates and alcohol as much as possible.

 

Why go on a strict protein diet?

This is the only diet on which cravings disappear after about 2 days of completely avoiding carbohydrates and alcohol. In other words, the first 2 days are the most difficult but dieters are guaranteed a successful result if they are highly motivated and if they have professional supervision and the necessary tools. 

 

What can one eat or drink while on a protein diet? 

1. Proteins such as fish, unprocessed lean meat, egg whites, sugar-free yoghurt, ...

2. Vegetables that are high in fibre but low in carbohydrates: such as lettuce, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, peppers,
    mushrooms, ...
   
In other words, no tomatoes, carrots, onions, beans, peas, etc.

3. Low-calorie beverages such as water, coffee, tea, ...

4. Vitamins, minerals and healthy (essential) fats: such as rapeseed oil, linseed oil, olive oil, ...

 

"So, if you are on a PROTEIN DIET, you should always check the level of
simple sugars, starch and alcohol in your food.
To this
end, avoiding fats plays an important, albeit a secondary, role."

 

Lots of exercise is an absolute must!

Lots of active movement (from stepping to sports) is required, on the one hand to burn sugars and fats more quickly and on the other hand, to maintain muscle mass while losing weight. This also combats boredom and the temptation to eat.

 

 

 

 

 



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