Want to transform your body from a fat storing mechanism into a fat burning machine? Don’t we all?! There are some “secret” tips and tricks athletes, fitness models, actors, and celebrities have learned to help them stay lean, but they aren’t the only ones who have access to these tools. Now you can use the same concepts to transition into burning body fat for fuel. So you can not only lose weight faster but keep that body fat off for good.
First, let’s start with a few things you’ll want to get rid of, starting with popular beliefs like “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and “a low-fat diet is the best way to lose weight” as well as “counting your calories is the best way to diet” and, one of our favorites, “eating low-fat, high-sugar ‘diet’ snacks will help you to lose weight.” All of which are actually just popular myths that will get in the way of your fat burning potential.
Many common diets, like those promoting enriched wheat products, prepared diet foods, low-fat desserts, and processed foods, propel your body into fat storing mode. Making it harder for you to lose weight even as you’re working hard (often really hard) to accomplish your goals. Not cool!
Why is this happening, and how do you flip the switch into fat burning mode?
Fat Burning Myths
First, and this is clearly not your fault, these myths have prevailed throughout our culture for many decades. We mentioned a couple prevalent myths above, and here are just a few more:
- Counting and cutting calories leads to permanent weight loss.
- It’s better to eat sugar than fat.
- “Gluten-free” foods are healthy.
- As long as your calories are low, it doesn’t matter what you eat.
- Sugar-free snacks will help you lose weight.
- A diet high in grains and low in fat is best for fat loss.
- You should avoid eating fat if you want to lose weight.
- Artificially sweetened diet drinks are a great way to lose weight.
- A high-protein diet is unhealthy.
- Always opt for fat-free dairy foods.
So, are we saying everything you’ve learned about dieting and fat loss is wrong?
Let’s just discuss some really good ways to turn things around for you and help you take your body from fat-storing mode to fat-burning mode.
Change Your Eating to a Fat Burning System
The typical American diet involves convenience, three meals a day, revolves around processed foods, and can be extremely unbalanced. So, what do you need to change to tweak your diet for better fat burning?
How you start your day matters.
Have you heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” your entire life? If so, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, breakfast has been taken over by cereals and pastries. And unless you’re consuming a large portion of healthy lean protein, coupled with some healthy fats, breakfast is something best avoided if you want to maximize your fat burning potential. When you eat a breakfast high in carbohydrates and simple sugars, you are setting yourself up for cravings and hunger the rest of the day. And, if you’ve been eating sugary “meals” for years, your body may require more and more sugars, starches, and carbs to keep you feeling satisfied and energized.
If you continue to eat simple sugars and carbs in this manner, unfortunately, your levels of leptin (the fat-burning hormone) will begin to drop. When your leptin levels are suppressed, your body turns to storing fat. This is obviously counterproductive to losing body fat. That means continuing to eat sugary foods and simple carbs in combination with a drop in fat-burning hormones can leave you frustrated and gaining more weight with each passing year.
Plus, you’ll constantly be hungry, have cravings, experience energy spikes, and never really feel fully satiated. It’s a vicious merry-go-round that’s best to exit as soon as possible!
What should you do instead?
Start by adding a protein source to your breakfast. In fact, you should ensure each meal you consume has protein in it. Consuming a diet low in simple sugars and high in protein and fats is the best way to switch your body into fat-burning mode. Try adding an adequate portion of protein to each and every meal you eat throughout the day. And, start your day off with a high-protein meal. Even something as simple and easy as a BioTrust Low Carb shake to provide the protein you need to get fueled for the day.