Do You Know How to Burn Fat?
The question, “Do you know how to burn fat?” seems deceptively simple to answer. Most people would say, just eat less calories than you burn and you’ll use fat stores to make up the difference. But they would be wrong so often that it’s ludicrous. Here are some reasons why:
- Hunger is a powerful physiological and emotional urge. Very few people can simply eat less as a way of life while they are hungry! Most often, hunger is not directly related to calories ingested, especially in unhealthy individuals who follow poor habits.
- Reducing calories – which the body may interpret as a stress – may scare your body into a conservative, fat-storing mode where lean tissue is burned for fuel before fat stores are released.
- Not all calories are created equal. The research is clear that the body responds very positively when it comes to fat loss when consuming a lower carbohydrate diet. So, the old thought on calories in/calories out has basically been upended. Fat loss has much more to do with what you eat instead of how much.
- A stressful, cortisol-drenched life will tend to store fat and burn muscle and bone.
- If you fuel your workouts with too few carbohydrates, you’ll end up burning lean tissue before you burn fat.
- You have to be healthy to burn fat efficiently and maintain your status once you achieve it! If your hormones are out of whack because of stress or other issues, it may be impossible to burn fat even with tons of exercise and calorie reduction. Many people – who do not sneak extra food in secret – can verify this. It’s all about hormone health.
- Many people confuse losing weight with burning fat. They are not necessarily the same thing.
Here are a few things to consider:
- You must control your cortisol levels if you want to burn fat. You must know how to do that. This means, among other things, that you must get healthy if you want to control your fat burning.
- Even at rest, a pound of muscle burns seven to ten calories per day while a pound of fat burns only two. However, the average adult just doesn’t put on enough lean muscle mass to make this difference significant.
- Muscle is more dense and aesthetically shaped than lumpy fat, so a person with less fat and more muscle will look smaller even though they weigh the same. For example, a woman weighing 150 pounds with 19% fat will look much smaller, will look better, and be much healthier than a woman at 150 pounds with 35% fat. They weigh the same, but their body composition is different!
- A scale isn’t very helpful to measure success in fat burning if you only want to burn fat. Here’s an important question: If you find yourself losing weight and taking up less space, do you know how much of that weight loss was fat and how much was lean tissue – the tissue that you don’t want to lose? Keep the muscle you have and build new muscle by making sure you are eating an adequate amount of protein throughout the day.
You may be able to lose weight following most of the diet plans out there, but it may also include a large percentage of muscle. The irony is that muscle tissue burns significantly more calories, 24/7, than does fat. If you have lost weight but have burned lean body tissue away in the process, your likelihood of maintaining your weight loss decreases dramatically. A person must be able to maintain her weight and body composition for at least five years to say she has found a program that works. And don’t forget to look at their health. Being trim, sick, and stressed is hardly a lifestyle worth living. Please don’t get trapped into short-term, quick-fix, emotion-driven thinking that promises short-term success but delivers simply awful, long-term consequences. True optimal health is about so much more than a number on a scale.