Chapter 3 of 5

Thoughts 5 & 6

Thoughts 5: The relationship with the starchy carbs is complicated.

Before talking about starchy carbs, let clarify what are the carbs. The idea is to make it simple, carbs come in different shapes, texture and colors. From fruits, to vegetables, nuts, beans, grains...

When we talk about starchy carbs, we are mentioning bread, pasta, couscous, rice, flower, quinoa, the breakfast cereals, oats, and other grains like rye and barley, as well as legumes, peas and beans.

The kind of carbs mentioned above are different to our cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts... Or our salads and fruits.

The starchy carbs do leave us, depending on the level at which they are processed with a mixed feeling. Some do satiate us and other do actually make us feel more hungry.

5a. The way they make you feel:

When eating processed starchy carbs such as bread with Nutella and peanut butter, I feel like my appetite has no end. I can simply eat with no hunger.

As a matter of fact, Sunday 2 weeks from now, after having a roast dinner, I decided to have as a desert of two slices of bread with Nutella and peanut butter.

Bear in mind that I was not hungry as I just had my lunch plus my sons left over. Nevertheless, I managed to eat 5 slices of bread with Nutella and peanut butter for an extra 1500-1700 calories!

Firstly, there is no need to be hungry to eat starchy processed carbs and secondly, you feel low, down after the feast and you may also end up with an upset stomach.

On the other hand, chickpeas, lentils are more filling, more natural, so you don't binge on them. The end result is that you feel satiated and in control of the quantities you eat.

5.a The Weight goal.

The starchy carbs are in most of the popular diets, Atkins, Paleo diets or High fat and high protein diets, the food which is severely reduced or eliminated. All the diets above recommend for different reasons the diminution or elimination of starchy carbs. In short, their diminution or elimination is associated with weight loss.

5.b The glycogen stores.

A simple explanation of glycogen stores would be on those lines, our body can store energy from the carbs we ingest. That energy comes from the carbs, preferably the starchy carbs.

If the starchy carbs are reduced or eliminated our glycogen stores are depleted, this leads to a significant weight loss

6. The protein

A lot could be said about proteins. Let make it short, the protein increase your metabolism and slow your appetite. They help repair the cells and create or build muscles.

So why are we eating so much carbs, cereals or toasts, followed by sandwich or crisps and pasta or pizza to finish the day...

To come in chapter 4 of 5

7. The fat

8. Food compatibility list

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How much protein in that breakfast?? It is the diet that leads The UK to have 67% and 57% of the male and female population of the UK is overweight...

How much protein in that breakfast?? It is the diet that leads The UK to have 67% and 57% of the male and female population of the UK is overweight...