Exercise won’t offset the waist-inflating effect of white bread, according to a new studying in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Among exercisers, those who ate refined grains daily had 12 percent more visceral fat – the most dangerous kind – than those who consumed less of the processed product. The researchers also found that people who ate whole grains had 17 percent less belly flab then those who consumed refined grains. Here is the catch: Continuing to consume refined grains offsets the fat blasting effects of whole grains. Pasta, English muffins, white bread, and pizza are you primary offenders. Cut these carbs, and replace them with a least three servings of whole grains a day.
The more refined foods a person eats, the more insulin must be produced to manage it. Insulin promotes the storage of fat, making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, which can lead to heart disease. Over time, the pancreas gets so overworked that insulin production grinds to a halt, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or diabetes sets in. Either way, the body is getting little or no fuel from the food you eat and tries to convert muscle and fat into energy.
Before you go CRAZY eating all the whole grains you can handle, remember this: Even the carbs in whole grains will cause you to gain weight or prevent you from losing weight if they are over consumed. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a fan of bread, pasta, rice or pretty much any kind of starchy food. I recommend removing all starches from you diet. My motto is: If it is white, don’t eat it. This includes potatoes, rice, bread, sugar, anything containing flour.