Are you “fat adapted?” Here’s something to think about:
The human body can get energy from 2 different sources:
1. The foods we eat;
2. Stored fat.
Many of us have heard the phrase “food is fuel.” We’re told to eat 4-6 healthy meals and snacks per day to keep energy levels high and boost our metabolism.
But what is NOT often discussed is the body’s natural ability to use fat as fuel.
It’s the worst kept secret, but look at it like this:
If we don’t eat, the body has NO CHOICE but to use fat as fuel. However, the body has ZERO incentive to use that stored fat If we are eating 3-6 times per day.,
On the other hand, if you’re fat adapted, the body has the natural ability to switch from using food as energy to using stored fat for energy. This includes using stores fat for everything ranging from day to day activities to high intensity exercise sessions.
The key to becoming fat adapted is to decrease the number of times you eat per day, say once or twice. This is part of intermittent fasting.
By eating less often, the body will begin the natural shift to using stored bodyfat for energy.
The key is to eat until full when you finally do eat. This let’s the body know it’s NOT in starvation mode, and it doesn’t have to hold onto the calories consumed.
With traditional “diets,” people are told to count calories and eat less. This type of program can put the body into starvation mode, where it holds onto every calorie.
This is where people struggle, and yo-yo dieting comes into play. Eventually, a person will get tired of counting calories and binge on their favorite foods, which could lead to gaining all that weight back.
This doesn’t occur with intermittent fasting and being fat adapted, because when you eat, you eat until full.
Remember: you’re simply not eating as often, so you need to fill up until your next meal, which could be 12 or more hours from now.
We don’t hear about this because if a person is encouraged to eat less often, then that means they won’t be spending money on the foods and snacks that are everywhere we turn. This will decrease the amount of money corporations make, which is NOT what they want.
Are You Fat Adapted?
If you get hungry every couple hours or feel weak if you don’t eat after a few hours, you are NOT fat adapted.
Increased energy. When a person is fat adapted, they don’t experience those energy crashes that are often felt when blood sugar levels drop. When a person is fat adapted, blood sugar levels remain constant.
Increased endurance. Unlike glycogen, which begins to run low after 90 minutes of exercise, body fat is an unlimited source of energy. This is ideal for those who participate in endurance activities such as running, cycling, hiking, etc.
Decreased appetite. Intermittent fasting means to forgo food for 12-24 hours at a time. As the body gets used to not eating for extended periods, hunger pains tend to decrease as well.
The push to eat 5-6 times per day started about 15 years ago. Before that, we were told to eat 3 square meals per day, and eating between meals would spoil your appetite!
Is it a coincidence the obesity rates are steadily increasing? It’s time to become fat adapted!
Intermittent fasting is key to good health. Become fat adapted. Your body will thank you!
Get more tips in my thoughts provoking books, The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips for Hard Working Professionals, and The 3 Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Fitness. Both available in paperback, kindle and audible formats.