Weight Loss Tricks To Help Lower Cholesterol
As many of us know, one of the main ways to lower cholesterol is to lose weight if needed, and this one action is sometimes enough to get your cholesterol levels back in line. The challenge, however, is that many of us have tried numerous times to get our weight under control but with little success. Maybe we followed a diet for a while and the weight came off temporarily, but in a few months or a couple of years we find ourselves even heavier than when we started the diet in the first place so we go back on some type of diet or another again. We may even add more exercise into the mix, but we are still not successful, and we become frustrated.
Why does our body hold onto its weight when we are eating less and exercising more? One reason may have to do with the fact that when calories are restricted too much, the body thinks it is starving. When the body thinks it is starving, the metabolism shuts down to conserve fat so that you can survive. Many people end up eating 1,500 calories or fewer on an average day when they are trying to lose weight. This level of calorie intake may be low enough to slow your metabolism and put your body into starvation mode. In addition, the added exercise means the body needs even more calories to maintain proper function not fewer. The body's response to the increase in exercise when you are eating too little is to hold on to its fat stores even more than before.
Another factor that may be at play in people's struggles to lose weight is the type of calories they are ingesting. Not all calories are created equal. It is not necessarily true that all we have to do is count calories and make sure we do not consume too many if we want to meet our weight loss goals. For instance, foods that quickly spike blood glucose levels like sugar, high fructose corn syrup, juice, refined flours, baked white potatoes, chips, and white rice will cause more insulin to be released at a faster rate than foods that do not quickly spike blood glucose levels like temperate fruits, vegetables, whole cooked grains, beans, fish, and meat. The problem with too much insulin being released is that it signals the body to store fat. To help with weight loss, you want your blood sugar levels to remain as stable as possible.
In summary, if you want to lose weight, do not cut your average daily calorie intake too low and eat whole foods that do not spike blood glucose levels too quickly. If you are eating enough calories, adding in healthy amounts of exercise will also help you achieve your weight loss goals.