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When considering healthy weight loss you must have at least a basic understanding of the food you eat, how it impacts you, and what foods are best to achieve your healthy weight loss goals.

The best way to achieve long-term healthy weight loss is to approach your journey with a life-style mindset rather than a fad or restrictive diet. You never have to give up the foods you love for the results you desire if you practice portion and balance.

What you are going to discover here today is just one element of healthy weight loss but a very important subject none-the-less.

I am sure you have seen the high protein diets, the low fat diets, the fasting, the limited food groups, and many other quirky approaches to weight loss. The best way to achieve long-term healthy weight loss is not in starvation or limitation. High protein diets lack the main and most powerful source of energy your body can use, glucose, and without adequate supply of carbohydrates you may find yourself in energy lows, mood swings, and over-all a lack of results.

The key to achieving healthy weight loss is in understanding the food you eat and how it impacts your body. This article is going to focus directly on the number #1 source of energy your body needs to power every function, from your brain to your cells. This main source of energy is the carbohydrate.

In a healthy weight loss approach you should be eating upwards to 5-times a day to maintain a balanced blood sugar level which will promote a positive and active metabolism. If your body is always receiving direct energy and nutrients it will always be running at its peak performance.

This is why you need to focus directly on balance rather than restriction.

Carbohydrates include foods like Oats, Grains, Breads, Pasta, and Cereal. The body breaks these carbohydrates down into single energy molecules called glucose. When you reach an optimal level of glucose in your blood stream the remaining amount is stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver for later conversion back to glucose when blood levels run low.

Carbs are the single most efficient direct source of energy your body can use. Yes your body can break down fats and proteins for energy but these forms of energy are much less efficient and deprive your body of essential amino acids for muscle repair, enzyme creation, and regulation of hormones.

Carbohydrates come in two forms: “simple” like refined sugars, snacks, and fruits to “complex” also known as starches which are multiple units of glucose that must first be broken down into single units before the body can use them for energy. Complex carbs result in a longer sustained energy and balance of blood sugar then does candy, snacks, and refined sugars since these carbohydrates are already near single units of glucose and therefore spike your blood sugar levels rapidly.

Once your body has enough available glucose in the blood stream which usually amounts to 1 hours worth, the remaining glucose will be stored as potential energy bound with water in the muscle tissue and in your liver.

Once blood sugar levels are reduced from endurance activities your body will begin to convert glycogen stores into about half a days worth of glucose until replenishment is needed. Once your body has used nearly all of its carbohydrate energy it will begin to pull protein from its main function of tissue repair and enzyme creation to be used as alternative energy. The same will happen to fat stores.

Understanding that carbohydrates are direct energy in balance is crucial to achieving long-term healthy weight loss. By creating a calorie deficit in your daily calories but still keeping a constant balance of blood glucose, your body will begin to promote fat burning as an alternative energy needed to compensate for the calorie deficit.

Eat smart – Eat balanced – Eat variety

It is best to include fitness into your healthy weight loss goals to maximize your results. Learn how to choose the right workout program for you and get started towards a better body today!