Are you a FAT burner or a SUGAR burner? And does is matter??
A sugar burner is someone who uses sugar/carbs for fuel/energy.
A fat burner is someone who uses their body’s own fat storage for fuel/energy.
If its your goal to improve your body composition by eliminating fat while building lean muscle, and doing it in a way that promotes health and longevity than becoming a FAT BURNER should be your new lifestyle routine!
So how do you know which one you are?
Ask yourself these questions:
Do you snack all day long? (If you don’t snack, you feel lethargic and moody.)
Do you get “hangry” when you don’t get food for a few hours? (irritable, mood swings)
Do you store belly fat? (You just can’t seem to trim inches from your waist size.)
Do you feel unsatisfied after a meal? ( A meal isn’t complete without potatoes, rolls, or pasta.)
Do you rely on carbs like potatoes, pasta, rice, breads to have energy? (You get cranky and unable to focus)
Do you have an autoimmune disease/hormonal imbalance/digestive or skin issues?
Do you have stubborn weight to lose that won’t budge no matter what you do?
Do you crave sugar and carbs? (Dessert is a must.)
If you answered YES to any of the above, more than likely you are a SUGAR BURNER.
WHY AND HOW DO MOST AMERICANS GET STUCK IN THIS SUGAR BURNING CYCLE?
We have been misled for decades by the USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services all for profit of the food industry.
The current USDA My Plate diet recommendations are a recipe for obesity and poor health. My plate ignores nutrient rich naturally occurring protein and fats while recommending that at least 50% of your diet consists of whole grains. What you need to understand is that your body processes breads, cereals and starchy foods just like SUGAR. As your blood sugar rises your pancreas produces a hormone known as insulin that carries sugar out of the bloodstream and into cells where it can be used for energy.
The problem is that Majority of Americans who follow the SAD (standard American Diet) are eating EXCESSIVE amounts of grains and sugar without even realizing it. The more carbohydrates you eat, the higher your blood sugar goes. Over time excess sugar and insulin will cause muscle cells to be resistant to insulin and metabolism plummets. The result of eating this way is CRAVINGS, LACK OF ENEGY, WEIGHT-GAIN,INFLAMMATION, AND OBESITY. This USDA my plate is a recipe for disaster!
So how do we get away from this and how should we eat?
BECOME A FAT BURNER!
By eating fewer carbs and more clean, lean protein and healthy fats, you train your body to burn fat for fuel. This is called an ancestral or PRIMAL diet. You literally are reprogramming your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and energy.
The first step is to gradually wean yourself off of processed sugars and grain-carbs. Eat fewer carbs than you think you need; almost everyone overestimates. You do this by simply replacing them with vegetables. Spaghetti squash in place of pasta, sweet potato toast in place of bread, etc.. The next big step is embracing healthy fats and making them a part of every meal.
Lastly, don’t snack just eat 3 solid meals (4 for endurance athletes). Your plate should be filled with 50% vegetables , 25% clean organic protein, and 25% healthy fats. You can tailor your vegetables (carb load) to how or when you are exercising. On days of intense exercise incorporate more starchy veggies at meals such as sweet potatoes and squash.
You will know you have become a fat burner when
- The headaches and brain fuzziness stop.
- You can exercise without major carb-loading.
- Your drive for food becomes less urgent.
- You are able to feel satisfied with 3 meals a day.
- You’re whizzing along while the afternoon slump descends for many
- Your sleeping well
- Food becomes fuel and you Eat to Live not Live to Eat
Being a FAT-BURNER is not a new diet or concept. Fat adaptation is the normal preferable state for our human bodies. Under normal human circumstances, we actually require only minimal amounts of glucose, most or all of which can be supplied by the liver as needed on a daily basis.
The Fat Paradigm, under which the human species has thrived very well for two and a half million years, recognizes that human metabolism is pre-programmed by evolution to be primarily fat-based (the real preferred fuel). In other words, our genes expect us to function optimally when we consume healthy fats and can easily access our stored fat. The Fat Paradigm acknowledges that the body is able to manufacture adequate glucose as needed.
Becoming a fat burner promotes health and longevity!
Be Well! 🙂
The People’s Chemist