Burning Your Stored Fat
Most people that are overweight have, at one time or another, tried to lose weight. They try all kinds of things - hop from one fad diet to another, try different exercises, you name it.
Most of the time they will lose weight and, predictably, regain it. The reason for that is simple: all they do is go on a diet - a short-term fix at best. In truth, all they need is a change of lifestyle, coupled with a shift in perception and standards.
Obviously, by standards, we’re talking about a real transformation toward eating real, traditional meals.
But even then, you’ll not necessarily burn fat by eating real, traditional foods alone. For instance, if you maintain a daily intake of 200 grams of ‘good’ carbohydrates, such as unrefined foods and sprouted grains, you’re likely not to lose weight if no serious changes are made.
If your body stores fat regularly (you gain some weight every year), then there’s something not right about the way your body metabolizes food. In that case, you might like to get introduced to a new concept: the body fat setpoint.
When there are changes in weight, - loss or gain - there’s a mass of body fat that the body tries to preserve. This is a result of the body’s attempt to restore the state of homeostasis and, it explains why we tend to eat more when we exercise more. Likewise, your body will slow down metabolism when calorie intake is severely cut, as one way to compensate.
The question is, how do you condition your body to begin depleting fat stores? The answer lies in a single word: ketosis - the state in which the body converts stored fat to ketones, to provide energy to the cells. If your intake of carbohydrates is above par, your body will never go into a state of ketosis. Rather, your body will be using all the glucose to fuel the cells.
How bad is ketosis?
No doubt, ketosis has earned a not-so pleasant name. It’s worth noting that the body slips into a ketogenic state when it is starved. But if your diet is nutrient-dense and you’re consuming enough calories, starvation shouldn’t be your worry. Muscle tissue is not wasted during ketogenesis, but rather through the conversion of fat to ketones - a very viable source of energy for every body system.
In some circles, ketosis is bashed because it is often confused with ketoacidosis - a catastrophic state in which the body, in addition to being ketogenic, causes acidity levels in blood to shoot up. If your diet is low in carbohydrates (about 50 to 80 grams daily), you can counter ketoacidosis by eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. Your body will safely trigger a ketosis state when it needs to.
When you get to your desired weight and no longer feel the need to shed more fat, you should maintain a 100 to 150-gram daily carbohydrate intake so that your new body fat setpoint is maintained.
The beauty with this kind of thinking is that there’s absolutely no need to count calories, and neither will you be required make count of the grams of carbohydrates. Simply stay away from sugars and grains.