We’ve reach your final nutrition hack. And hack #19 is: eat resistant starch to raise fat-burning.
Resistant starch is a type of carbohydrate that your body can’t actually digest. BUT…
These resistant starches DO help to feed the beneficial bacteria in your digestive system that help keep you healthy and speed up our fat loss.
So you know how yogurt is a probiotic? Well resistant starch is basically a PRE-biotic. It helps improve your beneficial gut bacteria.
The bacteria in your gut is one of the most underrated and most important things there is when comes to your over well health and wellness. Eating resistant starch can help increase your metabolism, decrease your inflammation, improve your body’s resistance to stress, lower blood glucose levels, and improve insulin sensitivity.
That’s a lot of sweet benefits.
Ok, so what foods should you eat to get this resistant starch?
My favorite source is unripe or green bananas. Once they ripen, however, the resistant starch changes to become more digestible. Plantains are another good sources, as are potatoes, rice, and legumes. Potato starch is also a really great source with about 8 grams of resistant starch per tablespoon.
There’s even a 2004 study published in Nutrition & Metabolism titled “Resistant starch consumption promotes lipid oxidation,”* which showed that eating 5.4% of your calories from resistant starch increased fat burning.
So that’s hack 19: eat resistant starch.
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Higgins JA, Higbee DR, Donahoo WT, Brown IL, Bell ML, Bessesen DH. Resistant starch consumption promotes lipid oxidation. Nutrition & Metabolism. 2004;1:8. doi:10.1186/1743-7075-1-8.
Robertson, D.M. Insulin-sensitizing effects of dietary resistant starch and effects on skeletal muscle and adipose tissue metabolism. 2005 American Society for Clinical Nutrition.