SuperHealth Challenge Tip!

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Posted on 13th February 2012 by admin in Super Health

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Spacing your three meals out more can actually have some additional beneficial effects on your blood sugar and on other aspects of your health. It takes about three hours for your body to digest a meal. If you eat every two or three hours, your body will constantly be in the process of digesting food, which nutritionists call the “fed state.” If, however, you don’t snack or eat again, you’ll go into the post-absorptive state or maximum metabolic mode after about three hours. Keep in mind that eating is one of the most taxing things we do to our bodies, and it is important to allow time for proper digestion, assimilation, and endocrine function.

Several beneficial actions happen in the post-absorptive state. First, you begin to tap into your body’s stored energy reserves to run your engine. How so? Your hormone levels adjust to shift your body out of fat-storage mode and into fat-burning mode. It also reduces free radical damage and inflammation, increases the production of antiaging hormones, and promotes tissue repair. Meanwhile, your metabolic rate remains unchanged.

If you need to snack, make sure you have a snack strategy and inventory on hand. Snacking on combinations of carbohydrates and proteins, including sports drinks, protein bars, bananas, etc., are often necessary during workouts and athletic events. Otherwise, it is best to learn to fuel yourself for five to six hours without snacking as discussed earlier in this chapter and within “The Dynamic Role of Proteins in Weight Loss” chapter.

KC Craichy
Author
The Super Health Diet

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