The Truth About Burning Fat
Hello, nurse friends! First, I just wanted to say something that has been super helpful for me to understand about fat. Fat is Fuel — and nothing else. Fat is fuel for our body that is waiting to be accessed! BUT there are some myths about burning fat that prevent us from doing that.
Today, I want to debunk some of the biggest myths on burning fat. I know we’ve heard a lot of them. And I know some of these myths are going to be hard to swallow because we’ve been told this for basically more than half of our lives. But I assure you, there is a new way to understanding fat loss that is effective AND will help us to lose weight permanently.
Fat Burning Myth #1: We need to eat low-fat foods so we don’t get fat
If you look closely at the nutrition facts, foods that are low in fat are actually very high in sugar and/or carbohydrates. Take a look at yogurt, for example. I used to LOVE eating yogurt, but once I really looked at the facts (even in Greek yogurt), it’s still FULL of a ton of sugar. Research actually shows that foods that are high in saturated fats (for people who are on a low-carb, low-sugar diet) are actually healthier for us and lower our triglyceride and cholesterol levels!
Fat Burning Myth #2: We need to eat every 3 hours to increase our metabolism
The truth is, eating every 3 hours can possibly lead to weight gain. This is because when we eat foods that are overly concentrated with sugar and flour too frequently, our insulin levels stay elevated in our blood stream. When insulin is high, we are in fat storage mode, which means that we cannot burn the fat! To burn fat, we have to keep insulin levels low by fasting as long as possible in-between meals. That way, our bodies are no longer storing fat and we are able to access our own fat as fuel.
Fat Burning Myth #3: Fasting is harmful to our body
I was a huuuuge believer in this one too. But, similar to what I mentioned earlier, if we are not fasting & we are eating too frequently, we will not be able to access our fat for fuel. Therefore, we won’t be able to burn the fat! This is why extending your fast in-between meals as long as possible is so beneficial for our bodies! I’ve fasted for periods of 16, 20, and 24 hours and have had AMAZING results! I’ve felt so much clearer and I did not suffer from any sort of hypoglycemic episodes in any way. On that note…
Fat Burning Myth #4: Exercising while fasted is bad for us
I didn’t believe this at first, but studies actually show MORE health benefits among people who work out fasted compared to those who work out after eating. In addition, I’ve ran races that lasted 12 hours long, as well as trail races that lasted 16 miles, while eating minimal to no food, and I thought this was the most liberating thing in the world! I did not need to stop every 30 minutes to re-fuel my body with sugar (which I used to do all the time), and I actually had MORE energy because I was accessing my ketones (from fat) for energy INSTEAD of burning glucose (from carbs)!
In summary, it may be very insightful to take a look at your current beliefs about food and whether or not you can entertain the possibility that what you currently believe may not be 100% true. In fact, what you know about food now will most likely change in the next 10-15 years! BUT notice how your thoughts about food at this moment may be affecting your current weight.
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