Did you know you can reprogram your genes to burn fat as its primary source of fuel? Well, you can become a fat burning machine. As a matter of fact your body prefers to burn fat making weight loss much easier.
Once you become what is called “fat adapted,” your energy level remains more consistent because you don’t have fluctuations in your blood sugar, and fat provides long-lasting energy. Plus, it becomes easier to maintain a healthy body weight.
The vicious cycle
Food is information. When you consume food, as it is digested it triggers certain hormones (chemical messengers) based on the type of food. So when you eat high-glycemic carbs, they are absorbed quickly and cause an increase in your blood sugar which in turn triggers an increase in your insulin level (your master hormone). When your insulin level rises, it does its job and lowers your blood sugar by converting it to fat and storing it.
Then, since the energy was stored before it nourished your body, you are “starved” for energy and you feel sluggish and hungry. As a response, you eat high-glycemic carbs again and the cycle starts all over. Learn more about triggers for hunger here.
Start fat burning – breaking the cycle
You can break the cycle by reprogramming your genes to burn fat. The way you do this is by reducing your carb intake and eating only healthy low-glycemic carbs (less than 100 grams of carbs per day) and increasing your intake of healthy fats to about 50% of your overall calorie intake per day. Healthy fats include things like avocados, nuts and seeds, grass-fed meat, grass-fed butter, eggs from pastured chickens, wild fatty fish, and coconut and olive oils. Stay away from bad fats like vegetable oils, trans fats and processed foods.
And no, dietary fat doesn’t make you fat and increase your cholesterol and triglycerides. Sugar and refined carbs do. Fat does not raise your blood sugar or insulin level and provides a great energy source for your body. Read about the 4 food lies. Just don’t make the mistake of eating more fat and continuing to eat refined carbs and sugar.
I highly recommend using an app like Cronometer or MyFitnessPal to help you track your macronutrient intake until you have established a new eating pattern. It only takes about five minutes per day but will really help you understand what you are eating. Depending on the individual, after a couple of days to a couple of weeks of making this change, your body will adapt and burn fat as its primary source of fuel.
Once your body becomes fat adapted, your energy level remains higher throughout the day because your blood sugar stays more consistent. Even elite athletes are converting to fat adapted from carb loading to take advantage of this almost endless energy source. In addition, becoming a fat burner helps you lose weight and easily maintain a healthy body composition long term.
Live Healthy and become a FAT BURNING MACHINE.
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