5. Certain Foods Tell Your Body To Burn Fat, Some Tell It To Store Fat.
Key Point: Eat Foods That Program Your Body To Burn Fat
When you eat a diet rich in green vegetables, you are giving your body much of what it has been lacking. You are also telling your brain to stop bugging you to eat more!
The Science Of How You Burn Fat:
“Technically we’re ‘burning’ fat every minute of every day” says Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, author of numerous books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. “What we’re really talking about here is increasing the amount of fat used as fuel that leads to weight or fat loss.”
Countless products and programs claim to increase fat burning. So how do you cut through the hyperbolic claims and empty promises to determine the most effective, efficient method? You talk to experts and examine the science. Here’s what they suggest.
Why Insulin Is The First “Key” To Burning Fat
Experts agree that controlling insulin levels is the key to burn fat. “The real secret of increasing fat loss is to create a hormonal environment where insulin isn’t elevated,” says Bowden. “Insulin goes up in response to elevations in blood sugar.”
This master hormone doesn’t respond to dietary fat. Protein, on the other hand, does raise insulin, but also triggers glucagon, insulin’s sister hormone that releases fat.
How Carbs Effect The Fat Burning Process
But carbohydrate and insulin are soul mates, and when you eat that slice of pizza or carrot cake, insulin rises to the occasion. And insulin does one thing really well: it stores fat.
If you want to burn rather than store fat, then, you need to control insulin release. And limiting carbohydrates provides a key to doing that.
Adopting elements of a low-carbohydrate diet optimizes body composition. When insulin levels are high, your fat cells essentially get ‘locked’ and weight loss becomes fiendishly difficult. When insulin levels drop, it becomes much easier to lose weight.