Potatoes? Can they help with weight loss?
Many people think they need to avoid foods like white potatoes in order to burn belly-fat or lose-weight.
Potatoes Can Improve Your Weight Loss Plans!
After all, they have a high glycemic index, which means they can spike insulin and potentially take your body out of a fat-burning environment.
Additionally, they’re high in complex carbohydrates so people automatically assume they need to be avoided.
However, if you’re consistently using higher intensity exercise you should NOT be afraid of this all-natural starchy carb.
Believe it or not, potatoes can actually be one of the best foods to eat for long term fat-loss.
Here are 3 dirty little fat-burning secrets about that you probably NEVER knew about potatoes.
#1: They fuel Glycolysis.
All natural white starches, like potatoes, contain the purest glucose molecules that fuel our “anaerobic” activity. So if you’re using intervals, intense weight training, or ANY type of high intensity metabolic circuits, potatoes can help fuel a VERY important process called glycolysis.
This will fuel your body’s ability to more “efficiently” use other carbohydrates as energy and enhances the production of ATP (our bodies’ primary energy source).
#2: They replenish glycogen and help reset our fat burning hormones
If you constantly keep your carbs low, it will only take about 72 hours to drain glycogen levels (the energy stored inside your muscles and liver).
This is a great short term approach for fat-loss, but it can put you in a “trick bag” because you’ll suppress your fat burning hormones, which will put the brakes on your fat loss.
So by regularly consuming all-natural white starches, you’ll help reset the fat-burning hormones that keep your metabolism “happy.”
Additionally, you’ll replenish depleted glycogen levels to sustain you with adequate energy for your workouts and living everyday life.
#3: They help promote an “anabolic” environment
When you engage in regular high intensity exercise sessions your body can release more stress hormones (cortisol) and tend to go into a catabolic state.
This can cause you to lose precious muscle tissue and slow down
your metabolism (i.e. Metabolic Slowdown).
But if you’re eating more all natural white starches, like potatoes, you’ll keep your metabolism humming along and prevent muscle loss by keeping your body in an
This is often referred to as anabolism, and it can even help keep your
testosterone to estrogen ratios at healthy levels.
Now you can probably see why I personally prefer “white” starches, like
potatoes, after my workouts.
They come straight from nature and contain the purest starch and glucose polymers our bodies need to fuel anaerobic activity.
ALL of this will help you speed up recovery, control your hormones, and improve your insulin sensitivity.
Also, many times the pure amylopectin starch found in the white stuff is less problematic than a starch containing gluten or lectins that you get from whole grain / whole wheat foods.
Another solid reason to eliminate processed grains and go with the
all-natural “white stuff” if you exercise like a beast.
All of this means one thing; potatoes can help you increase fat burning and create a healthier metabolism.
Now I know you won’t get this advice from Dr. Oz or your local personal trainer, but this is what REAL nutrition is all about.
Just make sure you always combine starches with a lean animal protein and try to eat them AFTER high intensity exercise so they can work their metabolic magic during your post workout window.
But remember, if you’re sedentary the rules change.
I recommend you limit your intake of starchy carbs because your metabolism simply doesn’t need as much glucose.
Of course, this is only one small piece of the fat-loss puzzle.
There are many other factors that need to be considered as well.
First, your psychological and emotional state.
This is especially relevant in women, as you’ll discover right here:
Second, your declining hormone levels as you age.
Research now shows even men in their early 20s are living with LOW T:
Tomorrow I’ll be back with several foods that you don’t need to buy organic.
Keep going strong,
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