Lose Weight By Burning Fat for Energy
In modern kitchens, fats have a negative connotation. According to most health experts, fats are evil, cholesterol inducing, and weight gaining substances. But like all good things in large quantities that are bad for you, we know that the reverse can also hold true; that fats in small quantities can do you a great deal of good. Fats can be a vital source of energy, if you train your body to use stored fat to burn for energy instead of glucose. Sounds absurd? Read on…
The body builds fat from excessive carbs and protein consumption. And we all know how difficult it is to lose fat once it's stored. This is why ‘non fat' diets that tell us to binge on protein, or every day crash diets that see us later bingeing on carbs, are never effective. Extra calories, even from protein and carbs, will be converted to fat if your body does not burn them efficiently.
But if stored fats are so bad, why are we saying that controlled fat consumption can be good for you? To understand this, you need to know that fats are the most precious energy reserve in the body. Because fat is such a precious energy reserve, the body will first burn its carbohydrate reserves before any significant breakdown of the fat reserves. Therefore, if you reduce your carbs consumption, your body's glycogen reserves will lower and it'll, instead, use fats for energy.
80% of your weight loss efforts are governed by what you eat. So if you start exercising a lot, while still overeating, your chances of losing weight will be quite slim.
In order to reach a point where your body starts burning fat as fuel, you must eat a balanced diet, which comprises of moderate amount of carbs (avoid the processed stuff), proteins and also good fats.
Your body does not differentiate between fat that you have just consumed or stored reserves of fat. So when it gets into fat burning mode, as long as you don’t eat in excess, it will burn fat whether it’s stored glycogen reserves that have converted into fat or the fat that you have just consumed.
To put it simply - the more balanced your diet, the more efficiently it will burn fat for fuel to give you energy. In addition, if you can train your body to use stored fat reserves for energy, you have hit upon a winning weight loss formula. But how can you do that?
Once your glycogen reserves have been consumed, all you have is fat to depend on for energy. Exercises like weight lifting and sprinting will help you get there faster but eating the right amount of fats in your daily diet, teaches your body to burn fat for fuel, whether from stored reserves or otherwise.
Over time several studies have shown us how fatty foods can curb hunger. This means that consuming a moderate amount of fats can reduce your calorie intake because you will be eating less, since you get full faster and stay full for longer. Good fats like Coconut oil, Olive oil, nuts and avocados are diet essentials. And bad fats like trans fats found in fast foods and packaged foods must be avoided.
Bottom-line: Eat a balanced diet with a healthy dose of good fats in it, and you will find that you have more energy for workouts and daily living. This is because, your body will burn fats for fuel and you'll have a much easier time controlling your appetite and managing your weight optimally.
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