Obesity and type 2 diabetes are steadily rising health hazards in America. The increased rates can be attributed to one main staple in the average American diet: sugar. Sugar is found in a variety of healthy and unhealthy foods, so avoiding it entirely can be quite tricky. Fortunately it is not necessary to completely avoid all sugar to maintain a healthy weight and prevent type 2 diabetes, all you really need to do is cut back on your overall intake of sugars. One of the easiest ways to limit your sugar intake, is to limit your simple carbohydrates intake, that includes: pastas, breads, pastries, refined flours, and cold breakfast cereals. These things can be difficult to eliminate from your diet, so people often look for low carb options of their favorite foods to substitute out for these common dietary items. While this may yield a few possible options, it doesn’t provide the best solution. A more viable solution is to opt for foods with higher protein levels, which will invariably equate to choices that naturally have lower carbohydrate levels.
Protein pasta such as Isopasta sold by Isolator Fitness is an ideal solution to your high carbohydrate intake problems. A single 50 gram serving of Isopasta has only 7 net grams of carbs and an impressive 30 grams of protein. Using isopasta instead of a traditional pasta in your favorite recipe could reduce your simple carbohydrate intake by more than 35 grams per day. For a person on a 2,000 calorie diet only 225-325 grams of carbohydrates should be eaten per day. People who base their diet around a smaller number of total daily calories will obviously have a smaller number of carbohydrates to work will as well. There are good carbs (complex) and bad carbs (simple), and while the majority of your daily intake should consist of good carbs, more often than not, this just simply is not the case in the average American’s diet.
Good carbohydrates are complex in nature and require more energy from your body to break down, which in turn provides your body with a more stable source of energy never allowing for spikes or dips in your blood glucose level. With a stable blood glucose level you are able to more fully focus and concentrate on tasks, activities, and agendas. You are also more likely to be productive, and energized for the entire day when your diet is balanced correctly, and does not allow for fluctuation in blood sugar levels.
Bad carbohydrates are made up of simple sugars, which will cause a quick and dramatic spike in blood sugar shortly after consumption and an equally fast dip following thereafter. This fluctuation is the result of your body trying to control the relationship between sugar intake and insulin output, and not having the resources available to do so. The rapid changes can cause a multitude of problems within your body and can even affect your brain activity. It is common to feel exceptionally energized and unfocused during a spike in blood glucose levels and shortly after you will most likely feel unreasonably lethargic, or distracted which is caused by the inevitable dip in your blood sugar level following the initial spike.
Refined white pasta, much like any refined grain, is a bad carb. It causes an unnatural spike and dip in your blood glucose levels that your body had an extremely difficult time recovering from. Common side effects of this fluctuation are hunger and cravings. Despite having just eaten an entire plate of your favorite pasta dish, coupled with garlic bread, it is incredibly likely that you will be hungry very shortly after the completion of the meal, and crave more of the carbolicious dinner you’ve just ingested.
Trying to get away with eating wheat pasta as a healthy substitute is easier said than done. First you must guarantee that your wheat pasta is actually a whole grain pasta, so that you are ingesting complex carbohydrates, instead of the simple carbohydrates with a slightly darker hue that you’ll find in wheat pasta. The next step is to ensure that your portion sizing is correct. Grain based pasta that is high in carbohydrates, is traditionally harder to portion correctly, because Americans tend to think of pasta dishes as the main course, rather than a side dish, and over serve themselves. Therefore after eating a single serving of pasta, it is likely that you will still be hungry and will want to go back for seconds, or even thirds, quickly increasing your carbohydrate intake to 100+ grams in one meal, (if no sauce or topping is added to the pasta).
Protein pasta, is the only way to solve these problems. Isopasta is the only true protein pasta on the market. Other brands claim that they are providing the customer with protein packed noodles, when in reality, a single serving often yields less than a 1.5 times the amount of protein in their original pasta options. Take barilla for instance. A single serving of their refined grain white pasta has 7 grams of protein and 42 grams of carbs, while their whole grain pasta has 8 grams of protein and 39 grams of carbs, and finally their “protein pasta” has a mere 10 grams of protein and 38 grams of carbs. Unless the consumer does their research then, the packaging of these slightly different options is quite deceiving.
Isopasta inverts those numbers to provide you with nutrients you can feel. Each single serving of Isopasta contains just 7 net grams of carbohydrates and a full 30 grams of protein, so that you feel satisfied and satiated after only a single portion. With nutritional values like these though, you don’t have to feel guilty if you choose to indulge in a second helping because the nutrients in which you’re receiving are valuable rather than harmful to your bodies core functioning. With almost three times the amount of protein as Barilla protein plus, Isopasta is the true definition of protein pasta.
Protein is necessary for energy production. The amino acids in both plant and animal protein sources are broken down and used for a variety of functions within our bodies. The rate at which the amino acids are broken down is highly dependent on their original and natural source, be it animal or plant. Animal proteins are more readily available to our systems because they are more similar to the structures of our own proteins, while plant proteins take longer for our bodies to break down, to make usable.
While unused carbohydrates are often stored within the body as fat, protein is unable to be stored by the human body, and thus it must be replenished everyday through adequate consumption. It takes longer for the body to break down protein and once it is broken down into usable amino acids, it provides a more long lasting form of energy than even complex carbohydrates can boast. The unused amino acids that are created by ingested proteins enter the liver where they are converted into other usable molecules.
When it comes to disease avoidance, protein pasta is superior to the proteins that are found within red meat. Americans who consume a diet rich in high saturated fats, and cholesterol laden red meat are more likely to develop Colon Cancer, Kidney Disease, Osteoporosis and Kidney Stones, than those who get their protein from healthier sources, like Isopasta.
Since Isopasta also contains necessary dietary fiber, those who choose this protein pasta over traditional low protein, high carbohydrate pasta are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, or become obese. Studies have shown that both of these two diseases, along with cardiovascular diseases are more prevalent in American’s who do not get enough fiber in their everyday diet. It is suggested that the fiber content may actually have a hand in helping to reduce the risk of these life altering diseases.
There is no hidden secret to losing fat or gaining muscle mass. Everything depends on your diet and exercise. The healthier that you eat, and the more active that you become, the more likely you will be to either lose fat, gain muscle mass, or ideally enjoy both of these benefits. Eating healthy means eating a well balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and fat options, while ensuring that the sources of each of these nutrients are as healthy as possible.
Healthy & Balanced Diet
Balance is the answer to health optimization. Maintaining a balanced diet is the only way to ensure that you are obtaining the nutrition that is vital to your overall health. Focusing too much of your diet on one macronutrient or the other will not give you the results in your body composition and system performance that you desire, but understanding how they all work together to help you achieve maximum fitness is essential to seeing or feeling any results at all.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established that all adults should consume about 0.37 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight, per day. For a 140 pound woman that equals out to about 51 grams of protein necessary for a healthy diet. A 175 pound man on the other hand would need about 65 grams of protein in his diet. These numbers account for the average person’s dietary intake, and do not account for specialty diets, necessary for athletes and bodybuilders. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a bodybuilder, actually requires 0.63 – 0.77 grams of protein to be consumed per pound of bodyweight, per day, in order to build muscle mass. That means that the same 140 pound female would need between 88 and 108 grams of protein in her daily diet if she were a bodybuilder, while the 175 pound male would need 110 to 135 grams of protein in his daily diet. When considering numbers that high, it’s certainly helpful to have a protein pasta as a dietary option, to help get you to the right numbers.
Rather than turning to protein supplements, shakes, or pills, Isopasta provides these individuals with an opportunity to reintroduce an often favorite but forgotten staple back into their diet, pasta. Many athletes and bodybuilders avoid pastas due to their carbohydrate density, unless they are carb-loading. Carb-loading is what athletes and bodybuilders call eating large portions of carbohydrates before high endurance performance events. It is practiced as a way to store glucose (or energy) in their bodies for the upcoming event. Although pastas and breads are the main carb sources used during a carb-load, they do not occur frequently enough for either of these foods to be considered a normal part of their diets.
Despite other companies attempts to come out with a protein rich pasta, it was never successfully created until Isopasta. This is because for as long as pasta has been made, there has been one tried, tested, and true way to make it, and until now no one has ever questioned it. Isopasta is the first pasta to try, and most importantly succeed, in breaking that mold and creating a new, innovative way of making pasta noodles. Pasta with less nutritional value than Isopasta is made from either refined or unrefined wheat grains, and although unrefined wheat grains are superior to their refined grain cousin, they are not the best options, especially if you want your protein pasta to actually contain more protein than carbohydrates. Isopasta is unique because the main ingredients are actually protein sources, rather than grain sources.
Unlike other protein pastas the protein content in isopasta is attributed to a few different sources including: whey, soy and pea protein. These sources allow for the consumer to enjoy the benefits of both animal and plant protein, without adding unnecessary fat, and cholesterol to their diets that traditionally accompany animal based proteins, or restricting their diets to vegetables, lentils, and beans. Adding healthy variety to your diet is important to ensuring that you don’t become bored with your everyday options, and cheat by consuming unhealthy options that are an interesting change of pace from your everyday dietary routine.
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