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Want to shed some weight? Change your food combinations

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If you’re on a mission to lose weight, the first thing you’re most likely to do is to cut out all the junk and put yourself on course for a healthy diet full of fresh veg, fruit, fish and chicken. Cutting out the bad foods has traditionally been regarded as the best way to lose weight, however recent research has shown that the combination of food you eat has a much bigger impact on your weight.

The way that Food Combining works is very simple – you just don’t mix certain food groups in the same meal. The reason behind this is because it’s thought that different food groups need different digestive secretions which takes longer to process and gives your body more time to store calories as fat. Food groups are split into three sections – proteins, carbohydrates and ‘neutral’ foods, and the groups you do not mix are the proteins and carbohydrates. Instead you eat each of these with a ‘neutral’ food. The idea of a healthy meal consisting of chicken, kale and maybe a serving of sweet potato just wouldn’t cut it with this eating plan.

‘Neutral’ foods include:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Salad vegetables
  • Raw meats and fish.

Protein foods include:

  • Cooked meat and fish
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Fruits including berries and exotic fruits

Carbohydrate foods include:

  • Cereals and grains
  • Vegetables including potatoes, sweet potatoes and kale
  • Pastries and breads

The point of Food Combining is to eat food in the right way so that your body can quickly and effectively digest your food. In the long run it is said to increase metabolism and even improve immune levels. Also, unlike a lot of diets, Food Combining doesn’t focus on any restrictions of what and how much you can eat, so you’re less likely to feel those pangs of temptation you get when on a calorie restricted diet.

For healthy change to your weight and lifestyle, any changes made should be gradual. This eating method supports gradual change and it promotes long-lasting change. If you’ve tried countless diets before and struggled this could help you. And also because it doesn’t really restrict how much you can eat you’re still going to have the energy you need to really work it in the gym!

 

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