New fat burning diets are constantly flitting in and out of style, but when it comes to shedding some pounds, many people forget that the objective is not, in any way whatsoever, to lose weight. In fact, losing anything other than fat has dire consequences. It brings about physiological changes that stall weight loss by lowering the metabolic rate, curbing energy levels, and greatly increasing the desire to eat more – not to mention increase the formation of body fat out of the food you eat. In fact, most diet programs are far from the best way to burn fat,and if advertising honestly, would use this as a sales pitch:
“We have no idea how to burn fat!Lose 30 pounds in just 30 days! Drastically slow down your metabolism! Enhance addictive eating behaviors! Cultivate a compulsive desire to overeat! And best of all…Maximize your ability to turn the food you eat into high-quality body fat!”
The objective must be to lose fat and fat only, sparing all the lean tissues. This is what has proven to make real, lasting fat loss so elusive on the majority of fat burning diets out there.
I often refer to the accumulation of fat as an imbalance between fat storage and fat burning. It is obvious, if fat keeps piling up on your body, that the mechanisms for storing fat are overactivated while the mechanisms for burning fat as a fuel source are suppressed.
So what’s the best way to burn fat, and how do you overcome an overstorage and underburning problem? By implementing a dietary strategy that promotes the usage of fat as a primary fuel source. The scientific term for this is “lipolysis.” In other words, encourage your body to adopt a fat-driven metabolism.
If your body isn’t burning fatty acids for fuel, and calorie restriction on a low-fat diet suppresses lipolysis even further, then how do expect to convert that body fat into energy – getting it off of your body, when taking that route? It is difficult, and eventually leads to muscle loss outpacing fat loss depending on how far you take it. Not good.
Believe it or not, to burn fat by any other means other than calorie restriction (which, as a reminder, causes muscle loss too), you must first condition the body to use fat as a fuel source by eating mostly fat. The emphasis is on mostly, for the body will only shift to burning fat if it is the primary source of fuel being supplied to the body. If it is not, it will be readily and easily stored, which is what has tricked many into thinking that fat makes a person fat.
This theory of course makes common sense, but it is more than just a theory. Cutting-edge science is telling a much different story about the best way to burn fat and losing excess body fat than the stale mantra to “eat less and exercise more.” The whole fat-formation process depends upon all kinds of liver enzymes, the activity of an enzyme known as lipoprotein lipase (LPL), and more – which are, at the core, conducted mostly by the hormone insulin.
But the rest of the diet and medical industry is sluggish to accept this much more enlightening research about fat burning diets, feeling like body fat cannot be lost without caloric deprivation. Of course, since fat is the most calorie-dense type of food, it is thought of as a dieter’s worst nightmare. On top of that they are still dragging their feet on the ancient and disproved theory that eating fat somehow causes heart disease and other complications. The word “oops” makes for a good one-word summary on that conclusion.
Well, hopefully they’ll get it someday, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one. Odds are you want to be healthy and lose fat, while preserving and even restoring all of your muscle mass, right now. Learn how to burn fat the right way-your journey begins here, at www.180degreehealth.com. Whenever you’re ready to stop failing on other programs, check out my fat loss download, 180 Degree Metabolism: The Smart Strategy for Fat Loss, to learn how you can use your body fat for energy instead of insulation.