Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hormonal Responses of the Food You Eat

by Mike Westerdal of Lean Hybrid Muscle Reloaded

Instead of counting calories pay attention to the quality of your calories.

It is important to note that not all calories are created equal.

The truth is that different sources of calories will provide different results. Energy from the foods we eat comes from fats, carbohydrates and proteins—all of which are metabolized differently in the body.

Additionally, within each of these categories there are metabolic distinctions as well. Saturated fats are not metabolized the same as unsaturated fats and complex carbs are metabolized differently than simple carbs.

Because the hormonal response varies depending on the food source, these are important differences that you need to understand when planning your nutritional strategies.

For example, the consumption of protein provokes a greater thermic effect than the consumption of carbs or fats.

Thermic effect refers to the amount of energy the body uses to process food. The lower the thermic effect the easier it is for food to be turned into body fat. While proteins have the greatest thermic effect, saturated fats and simple carbs have the lowest.

Now you know why consuming a 500-calorie donut is going to stimulate an entirely different hormonal response that getting that same 500 calories from organic chicken breast and steamed veggies.

In fact the other day I read something that stood out to me in the 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferris. Way back in 1956, an interesting study was conducted by researchers Kekwick and Pawan. They compared three groups of persons on calorically equal diets of 90% fat, 90% carbs, 90% fat. Though the number of calories each group consumed every day was the same, as shown below, the outcomes were very different:

• 1000 calories at 90% fat = weight loss of .9 lbs per day
• 1000 calories at 90% protein = weight loss of .6 lbs per day
• 1000 calories at 90% carbs = .24lbs of weight gain

So you see that not only do you need to think about what foods you put into your mouth but also about the hormonal responses those foods will initiate and how they will impact your metabolism.

A meal plan that not only takes into account the hormonal response to WHAT foods you eat, but WHEN you eat them, in conjunction with a solid weight training and conditioning program is the exact formula necessary to build muscle and burn fat at the same time!

CLICK HERE to learn more about a step-by-step system for eating the right foods, at the right times, with the best training program for maximum anabolic hormone production.

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