Losing weight does not have to cost you the earth! Some weight loss programmes can be hugely expensive and demanding to your body. Weight loss should not be about what you have to give up or spend but what you have to gain from the effort.

Feeding the body to get rid of excess fat may sound like a bit of a contradiction to most people. However, I do not like the phrase going on a diet. A diet where you limit what you eat, instead of eating what your body needs, triggers your body to actually hold onto available fat as it thinks there is not enough food to go around and therefore lays down fat stores or reserves.

When your body gets the signal that food is scarce (i.e. low/restricted nutrient diets) it slows down your metabolism to conserve energy decreasing the amount of calories burned on a daily basis. As your metabolism adjusts to your lower calorific intake, by using up less energy, you have to reduce your calorie intake again and again to stay one step ahead of your metabolism, eventually ending up on a starvation diet!

Of course after the fad diet when you have lost a few pounds and decide to return to a more normal eating regime your body is all confused. First, your metabolism has been significantly lowered, so the calories you are now eating will be used up at much slower rate, leaving all the extra calories to be stored in fat cells. Also your body will automatically want to build up extra fat stores with these extra calories in case another famine occurs in the future.

This is known as the Yo-Yo dieting effect and is setting you up to fail.

The only effective way to get rid of fat is to feed your body to keep your metabolism firing on all cylinders. By eating the right foods to boost your metabolism your body will eat into your fat stores.

Every time you eat your body has to make a choice about what to do with that food. It can either use it as energy or store it as fat.
Foods like refined carbohydrates (white bread, rice and pasta) and sugars (all types of confectionary and processed foods) are easily digested down to glucose and so tend to raise the glucose level in your blood very quickly. As a result your body will produce insulin to remove the high levels of glucose and so maintain a healthy level in your blood. Of course what happens to this glucose that is removed? You got it; it is turned in to fat and stored for a rainy day.

While refined carbohydrates and sugars are easily digested there are a number of other foods that are not and therefore have very little effect on blood glucose levels and insulin production. These foods help you maintain a steady blood glucose level and keep your energy levels constant.

These are, Proteins: meat, fish eggs, dairy products, nuts and seeds; Complex carbohydrates: whole grains, wholemeal bread, whole wheat pasta, lentils and pulses; Fibre: whole grains, lentils, pulses, fruit and vegetables; Fats: mono-unsaturated oils such as olive oil, oily fish (omega-3), nuts and seeds. Avoid saturated fats and processed foods high in fats.

By adapting your diet to focus mainly on types of food that do not break down to glucose rapidly (i.e. release their energy at a slow and steady rate) you will find that your glucose levels, and therefore insulin production, will stay low. By releasing energy slowly throughout the day you will find you have more energy, focus and drive. Your metabolism will be super charged and your fat will begin to melt away.

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