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How Can I Lose Weight? By Eating Food

By Paul A. Achoa Health & Fitness Expert


In its simplest form, weight loss is the result of fewer calories consumed than burned. Work out more; eat less, and you'll eventually reduce your waistline. But how can you lose weight in the quickest, most efficient manner? Research suggests that a food-based combination strategy is the best approach.

Using foods to lose weight

A recent study conducted by the University of Copenhagen's Department of Human Nutrition showed significant improvement in weight loss results for those who combined a high protein diet with foods that have a low glycemic index.

So what does this mean? Well, it doesn't take a genius to identify low-fat, lean meats, such as turkey, white-meat chicken and fish; however, if your diet is too high in protein-based food, you could suffer health problems, and your body will almost certainly function less efficiently, something that could ultimately interfere with your weight loss strategy.

To give yourself the best possible chance at speedy success, experts agree that you should incorporate low-glycemic foods.

Can I lose weight eating food high in carbohydrates?

Yes, you can lose weight eating foods rich in carbohydrates, as long as you choose the right ones. Foods consisting mostly of simple carbohydrates, such as sugar, white rice, white flour, corn and other starchy foods are bad for weight loss, because they result in high insulin spikes that ultimately induce hunger. On the other hand, foods consisting mainly of low-glycemic, complex carbohydrates and a lot of fiber are good for weight loss, because they prevent hunger.

How do specific foods help you lose weight?

Because simple carbohydrates digest quickly, your body gets a quick burst of energy that ultimately dissipates and leaves you wanting more food. Low-glycemic foods, such as most fibrous vegetables and whole-grain rice, cereal, breads, oatmeal and bran do the opposite. Because they take so long to digest, you get a steady stream of energy that keeps your insulin levels in check. Not only do you feel fuller, you donít get that trademark crash caused by high-glycemic foods.

The best way to lose weight

People lose weight most efficiently by combining consistent exercise with low-glycemic grains and vegetables and low-fat meats. In certain instances, you can boost your weight loss by taking a diet supplement or weight loss drug; however, this should only be used for a few days or weeks at the beginning of your program just to give you a brief boost.

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