New Year is almost there and I know that there are many women who have decided to lose weight this year. More than 50% of the women over 45 struggle with being overweight. ” I eat less and exercise more but I don’t lose weight anymore!” is a line I hear often and a quote that could have been mine as well.
Focus on energy, not weight
Everyone, who wants to lose weight needs to focus on getting more energy, not on losing weight. When you focus your energy level, you will automatically be improving your health. When your energy level rises, you are on the right track! Losing weight does not always mean that you are living a healthy life. A lot of people become burned out trying to lose weight. Focus on getting healthy, then losing weight will almost always follow naturally.
There are many reasons why we have trouble losing weight
So far medicine tells us to eat less and exercise more in order to lose weight. It is certainly not that simple. Losing weight is a complex process because our body is an extremely complex organism and moreover everybody is unique.
A few reasons why we have trouble losing weight :
- Bad bacteria in your intestines have gained the upper hand
- Your pancreas makes too much insulin
- Your liver has difficulty detoxing and removing hormone-disrupting substances that are stored in your fat cells
- Your metabolism is in the survival mode and stores as much fat as possible, due to diet history
- Your body lacks some important nutrients such as magnesium and zinc necessary to burn fats
- You use medicines that make it difficult to lose weight
- You do not lose weight because you constantly burn your body on glucose instead of fats.
Many of these causes will disappear when you switch your metabolism from a glucose burning to a fat-burning machine.
Global truth about weight loss is a myth
When it comes to losing weight, we have all come to believe in the myth that eating fat makes us fat. I have believed it for years!
From the 1950s onwards, we have banned fats and as humanity, we are now fatter, burned-out and sicker than ever. Obesity takes extreme forms and cardiovascular diseases are still the number 1 cause of death. Type 2 diabetes is called a global epidemic and more and more people are struggling with chronic diseases. How is this possible? This is because the story that we get fat and sick from eating healthy fats is a myth. It is nonsense.
Your body has a natural fat-burning modus
Studies revealed that the body can burn unprecedented amounts of fat. The fat we eat is largely burned and used as energy: our body has a natural tendency to burn fats.
The body can make energy from carbohydrates and fats that you eat. Burning fats, however, is a much “cleaner” process that produces far fewer free radicals. Free radicals are fundaments for chronic inflammations, which cause chronic diseases. Furthermore, your body can make more than twice as much energy from a fat molecule as a glucose molecule. Glucose molecules are developed as soon as your body ingests sweets or carbohydrates.
Your body has a limited capacity to burn glucose
Our own fat cells are the natural storage place for an overdose of (eaten) energy: your body likes to convert them into energy, when necessary. However, fat cells are not filled because we eat too many fats but because we eat too many carbohydrates (especially sweets). Research revealed that it is the carbohydrates that are largely stored as fat in our fat cells.
Carbohydrates make us fat and tired
Your fat cells will grow in number and size if you eat too many sweets and carbohydrates.
Why does your body not switch to burning fat, if it is so keen to use fats as energy?
This is because 95% of people are glucose burners: people who constantly burn their bodies, their stoves, for glucose. They eat carbohydrates such as bread, sweets, crackers, dairy, grains, pseudocereals, pasta, potatoes, rice, legumes, ready-to-eat desserts and all sorts of processed foods with secretly hidden sugars.
Fats are avoided because they are supposed to make us fat. Of course, not all fats are healthy: it is important to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats.
Glucose molecules are papers, fats are wood logs
If the body is offered sweets and carbohydrates several times a day, it does not switch to burning fat. If you put logs and newspapers in your stove, but you keep adding newspapers, the stove will barely burn the logs. Newspapers simply burn faster and easier than logs. Burning newspapers over and over again makes your stove black with ink and soot. The same thing happens in your body: getting your energy from sweets and carbohydrates time and again not only causes overweight but also diabetes 2, cardiovascular diseases and many more chronic conditions.
From glucose burner to fat burner
People struggle with their energy level plus their weight because they largely burn their bodies on glucose. Eating a lot of sweets and carbohydrates and not enough healthy fats is one of the main reasons that so many people are so tired and struggle with obesity.
How do you become a fat-burner?
There are two ways. One way is to stop eating. Your body will then (quite literally) attract your fat cells out of body preservation. Another way is that you eat much fewer sweets and carbohydrates and put your fear of healthy fats overboard, and consume more healthy fats!
Advantages of being a fat burner
For decades I was a glucose burner, a sugar junkie, and now I am a good fat burner. My energy levels are high and I have a clear focus and most important: I got rid of my illness!
Some advantages you will experience when you have become a fat-burner :
- You will not be hungry between meals
- Easily manage a few hours without meals
- You will be Happier and get a better mood
- More energy
- Less chance of chronic diseases
- Better mental performance
- You will get active
- You will lose excess weight
Are you a glucose or a fat burner? What do you think?
If you want to learn more about this topic, we can certainly recommend the following books and movies.
They are also part of our sources.
- The Magic Pill: Netflix
- That Sugar Movie: Netflix
- Ketocosmo – A Starter’s Guide
- Ketocosmo – Guia Para Principantes
- Dr. Mark Hyman: Eat Fat, Get Thin
- Dr. Jacob Wilson: The Ketogenic Bible
- Dr. Axe: Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It
- David Perlmutter: Alimenta Tu Cerebro
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