Why is it that with more weight loss diets available than ever before we are a more obese nation?
There are a number of different answers to this question but one key element is the lack of a nutritional approach to weight management as advocated by TV Nutritionist and weight loss expert Amanda Hamilton.
With the diet industry largely focussing on reducing fat intake and counting calories it has led to fats and oils being given a bad name when it comes to managing weight. With the body requiring a source of energy, if fat - the body's preferred source of fuel, is removed then it only has one other option and that is to rely on carbohydrates.
The Carb Addiction Cycle
"Fats don't make you fat, Carbohydrates make you fat" says Udo Erasmus, author of the best selling book "Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill ".
Carbohydrates tend to lead to major difficulties when it comes to managing weight and it is easy to get trapped in what Udo Erasmus calls the Carb Addiction Cycle. Having a diet consisting predominantly of carbohydrates can lead to cravings as the energy from them is burned quickly leaving you feeling hungry again. To satisfy these cravings we reach for more carbohydrates which raise blood sugar levels, release insulin and produce body fat then cause low blood sugar leading once again to cravings.
'Good' fats, The Essential Fatty Acids Omega 3 and 6 contained in Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend can help break the Carb Addiction Cycle. These 'good' fats can help keep your:
- Cravings at bay by keeping you feeling fuller for longer
- Energy levels higher for longer, avoiding the energy peaks and crashes associated with carbohydrates,
- Mood stable helping you to stick to a diet plan
- Blood sugar and insulin levels stable
- Body burning fat efficiently through increasing oxygen metabolism
- Body temperature normal helping burn body fat
Carbohydrates can of course be burned off through exercising but with our predominantly sedentary lifestyles many of us do not get the exercise we need to burn off all the carbs.
"Essential Fats shift the body from carbohydrate burning mode to fat burning mode"
Udo Erasmus, World Authority on Omega Oils
"Udo's Oil helps me manage my weight, gives me energy for training and helps my skin look clearer and my hair shinier'"
Carly Thornton, Fitness Model
What about saturated fats?
The problems caused by saturated fats are less attributable to the saturated fats themselves than to the fact that most of us do not get enough Omega 3 and 6 polyunsaturated fat. Every cell in your body requires saturated fat alongside monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The key is that there needs to be a balance. Saturated fats make you insulin resistant whilst Omega 3's make you insulin sensitive so saturated fats are only a problem when they are not balanced out with sufficient quantity of Omega 3. Other factors of course can play a part in weight management but if you tackle the lack of Essential Fats in your diet then this removes ONE of the factors that can cause difficulties in losing weight.
A Balanced Diet
It is important in a nutritional approach to weight management that you achieve a balanced diet providing your body with all the essential nutrients it needs. It is often difficult to achieve a balanced diet and this is particularly the case with the nutrients found in green foods as we often simply do not eat enough. You can give your greens intake a boost with Udo's Choice Beyond Greens containing, not only seven different green foods but also digestive enzymes, soluble and insoluble fibre and Omega 3, 6 and 9.
How to use Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend
Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is easily incorporated into your daily diet, just pour two or three tablespoons as desired onto hot or cold food, mix in with a smoothie or yoghurt or stir into porridge, mashed potato or casseroles always after cooking. Visit our recipes page for ideas and inspiration.