You’ve probably heard me talk about becoming a fat burner as opposed to a sugar burner before. In fact, this is something that is slowly creeping its way into the fitness industry, as more and more research is being done on how to effectively lose fat in a healthy way. Personally, I have been doing research on this topic for the past year and a half. My Intermittent Fasting and Carb Cycling program was designed based on that research, to help women across the country become pro-fat burners as opposed to sugar burners.
How do you know if you are a sugar burner?
- A couple of hours after eating, you are hungry again
- You struggle to lose weight
- You are holding on to belly fat
- You experience spikes in energy, followed quickly by crashes
Sugar burners eat small meals throughout the day that are often high in carbs. Because of this, their bodies use glucose as its main fuel source. When you give your body a steady stream of glucose, it is never required to reach into its fat stores for fuel. This means, you hold onto fat and burn the glucose that comes from the foods you are eating. In addition, your body becomes reliant on carbs for energy, so when your body runs out of carbs, you crash and need to eat more to keep your energy levels up.
Often, sugar burners eat foods that are high in sugar, which spikes their insulin levels only to have those levels eventually bottom out. According to Mark Hyman, M.D., “chronically elevated insulin levels store fat, increase your appetite, and adversely affect other fat-regulating hormones. Insulin blocks leptin, your appetite-control hormone. You become more leptin-resistant, so the brain never gets the ‘I’m full’ signal. Instead, it thinks you are starving” (Virgin). This obviously makes you feel like you can eat more than your body actually requires, which usually leads to a calorie surplus and eventual weight gain.
Let’s compare this to fat burners.
- Can go hours between meals without feeling hungry
- Have increased energy levels
- Can lose weight around their midsection
- Don’t experience sugar spikes and crashes
Fat burners still eat carbs, but they do so at the right time, for the right reasons, in terms of fueling a workout. Intermittent fasting aids in the process of becoming a fat burner because it allows your insulin levels to remain low during your fasted window. Because you aren’t giving your body a steady stream of glucose, it is then able to reach into its fat stores to begin using fat as fuel. You won’t experience the crashes that come with spiked insulin levels, and will be able to listen to your body’s hunger and satiety cues.
A couple of other things to consider…
Pairing an Intermittent Fasting/Carb Cycling Lifestyle with weight training and speed burst training will increase your body’s fat burning abilities. The more lean muscle you have, the more efficiently your body will burn fat. So, building lean muscle will only bring you closer to becoming a pro-fat burner. In addition, when you do high intensity intervals, your body goes into oxygen debt, and has to work harder to repay that oxygen debt. This means your body will need more energy to recover. When you haven’t pumped your body full of glucose, your body will dig deep into its fat stores for that energy. This is why all of my FASTer Way to Fat Loss clients do regular fasted speed burst training.
Getting your gut health right is extremely important to becoming a fat burner. The right bacteria in your body can keep you from storing fat, and decrease the number of calories your body extracts from the foods you eat. For more on how to get your gut bacteria in check, read this!
Your body, over time, will learn to either rely on glucose for energy or to rely on fat for energy. Implementing Intermittent Fasting, Carb Cycling, Weight training, Speed Burst Training and getting your gut health in order, will significantly aid your body in becoming a pro-fat burner.
If this sounds a little overwhelming to you, and you need someone to walk you through this, I highly recommend you sign up for my January 9th bootcamp. Everything in my FASTer Way to Fat Loss Program is designed to help you burn fat so that you look and feel your absolute best. I have had hundreds of women go through this program, and they are all singing its praises! Spots fill up quickly, so be sure to grab yours asap. I guarantee you will find my FASTer Way to Fat Loss Program to be the most effective program on the market today. Six weeks of implementing these strategies will have you well on your way to becoming a pro-fat burner for life.
Virgin, JJ, CNS, CHFS. “Ask JJ: Sugar Burner or Fat Burner?” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 27 May 2015. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.