From the Desk of Dr. Len
Burning Fats or Burning Calories?
Dr. Len Lopez – Tuesday, January 12, 2016
For the past twenty-five years we have been told two things with regards to weight gain and fats. First, how many calories do you eat? Secondly, ‘fats’ are the problem.
As a nation were counting calories and eating less fats and more carbohydrates. Unfortunately, in the last twenty-five years we have increased the rate of obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and the list goes on. We’ve also had an increase in the number of people who struggle with fatigue, lack of energy, cravings, irritability, mood swings, sleep problems, etc.
Maybe ‘fats’ aren’t the problem! Instead of how many calories or fat grams we eat we should be more concerned with how many calories do we burn from fats or more specifically from stored body fat.
If you are trying to lose weight, have more energy and better overall health, the first thing you need to check, is your metabolism, and if it is functioning the way it is supposed to. Is your metabolism burning calories from the breakdown of fats or does it burn most of its calories from the break down of carbohydrates and proteins? You can burn calories all day long, but if you’re not burning calories from stored body fat, you’re going to struggle!
Here is the first thing you need to understand about your metabolism. Your body, your metabolism burn calories to produce energy! It’s that simple! Your metabolism breaks down or burns calories to produce energy and it does this by burning either carbohydrates, proteins or fats. Those are the only three fuel sources. So it is important to make sure your body is burning calories from fats – not carbs and proteins (lean muscle).
It’s like the fireplace analogy I describe in “To Burn or Not to Burn –Fat is the Question” and that you can burn calories (create a lot of energy/heat) by always burning carbs and proteins, but it’s more efficient to burn fats. You don’t want to burn lean muscle, and you don’t have a big reserve of carbs to burn, like you do with fat! So the key for successful weight loss and having more energy is to make sure your metabolism is burning fats 24/7.
If you’re not sure, use our online questionnaire and check your metabolism.
As we talk further this new year, I hope to help you understand what controls your metabolism – it’s hormones! I’m not talking about “those hormones,” so guys don’t stop reading. I’m talking about the hormones that regulate your metabolism like insulin, glucagon, cortisol, adrenaline, testosterone and growth hormone.
If you can’t wait and want to learn how your diet, your workout and yes your stress levels regulate your hormones, you can download a copy of “To Burn or Not to Burn, Fat is the Question” and start now. Please remember, if what you’ve been doing isn’t working – you need to change something in order to get a different result.
Do you need to change your diet?
- Is your workout program the right type of workout for you?
- Are you managing your stress levels?
- Have you had your cortisol and adrenal glands tested?
- What changes do you need to make for yourself this year?