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How Your Body Burns Fat

Hey fit friends, hope you’re doing great!

Ever wondered how your body burns fat and how to maximize it? Well today you’re in luck, cause I’m going to explain to you the three step process of how your body draws on it’s fat stores as energy.

  1. Fat Mobilization-Belly fat exists in fat cells, for us to lose fat we need to release it from the cell and into the muscle where it can be used as energy.

How do we do this you ask?

We accomplish this by creating a caloric deficit. The body must have a shortage of fuel for exercise and it needs to draw on it’s energy stores. Those energy stores are:

-Carbohydrates (glycogen)
-Protein (lean muscle)
-Fat

Our goal is to focus on keeping glycogen levels low (through intense exercise and a supportive nutrition plan) to prevent our bodies from using that as an energy source. We also want to prevent the body from using protein as an energy source- we must work to maintain and develop lean muscle by keeping the body in a state of positive protein synthesis.

So then, how do we maximize fat mobilization? We do this through a reduced calorie, low carb, high protein diet and through an intense total body resistance training program.

We must keep glycogen low because this is the body’s preferred fuel source and fat is something that the body wants to hang on to. Quite frankly, fat is a defensive mechanism that prevents starvation during a famine. By focusing on foods like mixed berries, salmon, and broccoli, we can keep your blood sugar low and your lean muscle in a constant state growth and redevelopment.

Mobilizing body fat requires us to first break down the triglyceride inside the fat cell into free fatty acids so that it can enter into the bloodstream.

When blood sugar is low a signal is sent to the fat cells to activate (HSL) or Hormone Sensitive Lipase, and to convert triglycerides into free fatty acids and to transport them to the muscle and liver where they can be burned.

Through these methods we can mobilize more fat from its fat cells for transport, which leads to step 2.

  1. Fat Transportation-Under a reduced carb diet and an intense exercise program we will increase HSL and further break down fat cells into free fatty acids which are then transported in th blood to the muscle where it will be used as fuel.
  2. Fat Oxidation-Glycogen levels must be low to increase fat oxidation.

It boils down to this:

Increased levels of fat mobilization + high levels of fat oxidation= You getting lean faster.

In order for this process to work, you must stay hydrated with pure water to optimize fat loss. This along with a reduced carb, high protein diet, and an intense exercise program will maximize your fat loss, improve your health & fitness, and build lean, toned muscles.

Alright, now it’s time for you to take action. This process is simple, but it takes a lot of hard work and a long term plan to help you stay lean.

Aren’t you ready for success, I sure am! Take everything one day at a time and you’ll see long term results and permanent fat loss.

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