Don’t Free the Fatty Acids
Contrary to the popularly held belief that sugar consumption causes excessive weight gain, experiments have shown that calorie restriction – but particularly carbohydrate restriction – causes a significant decrease in metabolic rate (as well as in active thyroid hormone levels).
When sugar is reintroduced to the diet – even when calories are restricted – the fall in metabolism and thyroid function is significantly minimized.
“Incorporation of carbohydrate in diet regimens may, therefore, minimize the thermic adaptation to weight loss.”
If sugar is removed from the diet – and glycogen stores get depleted – both cortisol and adrenalin secretion are immediately increased in order to convert muscle tissue into needed sugar, as well as to release fat stores as fuel.
The release of free fatty acids – especially when polyunsaturated – damages metabolism and thyroid function, and promotes the release of a cascade of stress related hormones that further interfere with metabolism, creating a vicious cycle that often leads to disease, muscle wasting and potentially increased weight gain.
Including some simple sugars in your diet – from ripe sweet fruits, honey, milk or sucrose – helps to keep stress hormones at bay and will also help you lose weight gradually and safely without interfering with metabolism.
Did you know that increasing sugar intake can be a generally safe and effective way to burn greater amounts of calories?
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