Friday, June 14, 2013
Carbs are forms of sugar, and sugar cues the pancreas to make more insulin, which in turn triggers appetite. The later in the day that you consume sugar, the more likely it is that you will get food cravings late at night. Late-night cravings are not a good thing!
The latest research about sugar metabolism has taken this basic insight and built on it.
One of the hot buzz-phrases in that research world is "insulin excursions. (it has nothing to do with travel) It turns out that the number of times during the day that you signal your pancreas to make insulin is just as important as how much sugar you eat. Each "excursion" is like a hammer delivering blow after blow to your cells. No wonder today's diabetes experts want you to limit the number of times you eat carbs, especially in the evening. Add to this the fact that insulin cues hunger hormones in the gut, and you've got one incredibly powerful physiological response.
Believe me, you're not going to win that battle if you fight it the conventional way.
But you strategically manage that war to your own weight-loss benefit. I'll give you two guiding principles:
Snack on fiber, protein, vegetables, and fresh fruits (not dried fruits)
Eat lean and green at night...
Excerpt from THE SKINNY RULES..by Bob Harper