Sheryl Kraft, a freelance writer and breast cancer survivor, was born in Long Beach, New York. She currently lives in Connecticut with her husband Alan and dog Chloe, where her nest is empty of her two sons Jonathan. Sheryl writes articles and essays on breast cancer and contributes to a variety of publications and websites where she writes on general health and wellness issues. She earned her MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2005.Full Bio
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If you're heading to the gym this morning, a little nutrition knowledge will help you burn more fat. Turns out that carbs are okay, but they have to be the right types of carbs.
Researchers found that the bigger fat burners (by 50%) were the women whose breakfast was rich in lo-glycemic carbohydrates; those that don't cause a spike in blood sugar - like muesli, yogurt and skimmed milk. What was the "wrong" type of carbohydrates? Things like white bread and cornflakes; those carbs that cause a rapid spike in blood sugar (aka high glycemic carbs) and won't help you burn fat as efficiently.
(Of course, if you're that hard-core athlete who runs triathalons then the carbohydrates high on the glycemic scale might be of some value for instant energy.)
And wondering what to eat after your workout? (I usually crave something high in protein, like eggs or cheese.) Another study found that you're potentially better off, for weight control, eating something that is low, rather than high, in carbohydrates.
I think this advice is worthwhile. After all, if we are working hard at the gym, why not burn off as much fat as we can - and keep it off - right?