At Fat Free Mama we get a lot of questions about food. We picked out the 3 most regular and answered them. You are what you eat? So what’s so bad about being a lasagne? There seem to be a lot of rules about food. Here are some of the most regular questions you ask us.
1. Why am I hungrier when I exercise – doesn’t that defeat the purpose?
More exercise means a more efficient and stimulated metabolism (think of an efficient energized engine versus a slow, sluggish old banger). The rules are simple – eat breakfast, snack regularly (every 3 hours), eat slowly when you do eat and choose good healthy yummy foods. And don’t panic, this is normal.
2. Is it OK to eat the ‘diet’ foods out there?
A good healthy guide is ‘don’t have it if it comes in a packet’. Having said that, meal replacements and protein supplementation can be an effective enhancement of a good diet and exercise routine, but nothing will beat good old fashioned lean protein and vegetables. Diet coke and other artificially sweetened food should be a very occasional treat.
3. I come home late but I’m starving and want to eat my sink. My life is like that and I don’t have time to eat a huge lunch?
If you don’t have time to eat – then something needs changing. IMMEDIATELY. Invest in food preparation and if necessary, choose foods you can eat at your desk (smoked mackerel won’t make you many friends). Snack regularly and schedule food into your diary. Your evening meal should be your lightest and not really later than 7pm. In the real world this doesn’t always happen, but well fed folk won’t eat as much at night anyway. Remember that Aussie portion sizes and overall caloric intake have increased whilst exercise levels have decreased. Eat slowly, be organised and don’t wait for your doctor to send you to your local gym to sort out your cholesterol.
4. I’m confused – can I eat carbs or not?
The great carb debate had many a bread company and personal trainer up in arms!! In general it’s the processed carbohydrates that are less nutritious and more difficult for the body to digest so eat them sparingly. Choose whole-grain, vegetables and fruit whenever possible. The humble and beautiful carbohydrate is essential for carrying protein to our muscles and has what we call a glycemic index. The higher the glycemic index, the more readily it will be stored as fat. In general, low carb diets are a short term answer and are absolutely no use (or fun) if you exercise.