Before I share how you can turn your body into a fat burning machine, I want to help you understand why you keep struggling with losing weight.
You try hard but see no progress.
I know exactly how you feel.
You made the decision to eat well, and you decided to get moving. Maybe you even joined the gym!
After a couple of weeks in, you decide to check in with your scale and BOOM! You see little or no change.
This probably isn’t the first time you’ve tried this, either.
Not only that…
You’ve been battling cravings from hell.
It’s important to know, you are not alone in this.
I’ve felt this way too. All of us have cravings at one time or another.
Those cravings usually come in the form of carbs or sugar.
Sometimes it even feels like you’re…
Addicted to specific foods.
- chocolates etc.
By the way, there’s a very real reason for it!
And no, it’s not just sugar acting like a drug on the brain (which by the way, it does and you can read about it more here.)
I’ve found that the…
#1 cause of failed weight loss attempts
is due to metabolic flexibility.
Metabolic flexibility is your body’s ability to easily switch from using one energy source to another: from using
fats → carbs
carbs → fat.
Protein isn’t often used as an energy source – except when you’re in starvation mode or you’re just not eating enough protein.
When fats and carbs are abundant, proteins are used for muscles, hormones and other bodily functions.
So, for all intents and purposes we will leave protein out of this particular discussion.
If you want to turn your body into a fat burning machine, this next part is IMPORTANT!
Metabolic inflexibility is just the opposite.
It means the body is not primed to make this switch – especially in overweight, obese and sedentary people.
When you are overweight you tend to get your energy primarily from carbohydrates.
Remember the cravings?
This is why many people tend to feel addicted to and crave certain types of foods –like white breads, muffins, pretzels, pizza, cookies, pastas, cereals, doughnuts etc.
As you eat these carbs, you spike your insulin and get a quick but short-lived spike of energy.
When insulin is high the body is shifted towards carbohydrate metabolism (and fat storing mode).
And, since this energy is short-lived, you’ll soon be craving more…you guessed it: carbs!
The results are in…
You end up over-eating because you don’t feel like you have enough energy, but guess what you have too much of now?
And, too many calories = weight gain.
When you are metabolically flexible, this kind of chaos doesn’t exist in your body – things are running efficiently and you go from using carbs ⇄ fat as an energy source easily.
Instead of constantly craving pizza or garlic bread (carbs), you can eat an avocado (fat) and be just as satisfied.
Mood swings? Nah!
No giving up.
Which means you are eating healthier, you have steady energy, your cravings are in check, and YOU’RE BURNING BODY FAT.
Is YOUR metabolism flexible?
Can you easily go from using carbs to fats as an energy source?
There is a very simple test you can do to see!
THE FASTING TEST
Try to not eat anything for two hours and see you do.
If you are metabolically inflexible (primarily use carbs for energy) you’ll barely make it a couple of hours without cravings, especially for carbs.
When you are metabolically flexible, you can go fasting (without food) for 4-5 hours before starting to feel hungry – this is because your body switches to using body fat for energy.
HOW TURN YOUR BODY INTO A FAT BURNING MACHINE:
Each of these on its own will give you okay results, but combined they will turn your body into a machine!
1. If you can’t fast for 2 or more hours, start practicing by increasing the time between your meals …so if you find yourself eating every 2 hours – start eating every 2 ½ – 3. Increase this over time, because your body will start to adjust to switching to and using fat for fuel.
2. Exercise – especially HIIT cardio because not only do you burn the most amount of calories during exercise compared to all others – you also change your body chemistry. You enhance enzymes in the body that enable your body to use fat as fuel source more often.
Focus on eating well balanced meals of protein, fats and high quality carbohydrates.
You need all of these macronutrients to live and keep you body healthy.
Thanks for reading,
Remember, intense cravings for carbs indicates metabolic inflexibility.
Metabolic inflexibility causes your body to store fat and use carbs for energy.
You can get out of this vicious cycle when you follow my two easy steps above titled ‘HOW TURN YOUR BODY INTO A FAT BURNING MACHINE‘.
If you need an easy to follow plan to help you stay on track with your goals, then join my SCALING VICTORIES program.