Trigger #1: The Absence of Sugar
Of all the things that have an impact on your metabolism, the most important one is sugar. Sugar triggers the powerful fat-making, fat-storing hormone insulin. In fact, in the presence of insulin not only will fat be blocked from being used as fuel BUT sugar will be converted to fat.
Sugar is a carbohydrate. And the most powerful trigger to fat burning is “the absence of sugar.”
If given the choice of what it likes as a fuel source, the body will ALWAYS choose sugar as a preferred fuel over fat. This means that in order to burn fat, you can’t have any sugar in the diet.
People have a big confusion about grains, which is contributed to greatly by promotion from the food industry: Consume healthy whole-wheat grains instead of refined grains. It doesn’t matter if it’s whole wheat or white bread; these starches turn into sugar fairly rapidly. Many people are also allergic to them, which leads to water retention and digestive troubles. I have found that cutting out grains is a very important factor in getting someone into fat burning. The only acceptable grain product in small amounts would be bran (the outer shell of the grain), which is high in fiber. Vegetable fiber is better quality because it has more nutrition, but fiber in general does slow the insulin hormone response.
Vegetable starches are also converted to fat. These would include potatoes, yams, corn, potato chips, French fries, hash browns, corn chips, etc.
Apples are high in fiber and are definitely good to eat; in fact, I encourage a person to eat as many apples as he or she can throughout the day.
When you eliminate sugary foods like ice cream, candy, chocolate, added sugar to coffee and tea, and canned fruit with syrup, your body can tap into fat burning, because the trigger for fat release is the absence of sugar.
When sugar is not consumed, another hormone is triggered called glucagon. Glucagon does the opposite of insulin. If insulin makes you fat, glucagon makes you thin. Glucagon is also triggered by protein (an adequate amount) and exercise.
The body has only a very small capacity to store sugar; anything over that will be automatically converted and stored as fat and cholesterol. To store sugar, potassium is needed. Without potassium, sugar storage is greatly limited and fat storing is enhanced. Sugar cane normally has lots of potassium, but when it’s refined, potassium is lost. Therefore, if a person consumes refined white sugar, which is void of potassium, the body will store less sugar and make more fat and cholesterol.
Potassium is a body relaxer and calms the pulse rate. Since eating refined sugar depletes potassium, this increases the pulse rate, which you might have experienced as a pulsating pounding in the ears when you were trying to sleep.
If there is even a little bit of sugar in the diet, or if insulin is kept just slightly too high, fat fuel cannot be made available for energy. You could have the best diet throughout the day and then eat a small piece of something sweet at night and nullify all the good eating. With bad eating habits a person is constantly playing catch-up by working out twice as hard tomorrow or saying, “I’ll eat better the next day to make up the damage from today.”
Sugar will additionally block the fat-burning effects of exercise. For example, drinking a small amount of juice prior to exercising blocks the fat-burning hormones (especially growth hormone).
Many people might not realize that the fat on their bodies actually comes from the sugar they eat, not from the fat they eat.
The same is true of cholesterol. Many people have high cholesterol not because they are consuming a lot of bacon or heavy fats but because they are eating large quantities of refined grains, sugars and starches.
This is a result of the influence of hormones over foods.
Excess sugar mixed with excess protein greatly increases insulin (fatmaking hormone). A sugary dessert after a large steak will increase insulin in a big way. Insulin is the principal hormone triggered by refined carbohydrates and sugar. It is also a key hormone that stores fat. In the presence of any insulin, ALL other fat-burning hormones are nullified and blocked. So, not only is fat burning suppressed but fat is produced.
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