From the Desk of Dr. Len
How to Tell If You Are Burning or Storing Fats
Dr. Len Lopez – Thursday, November 03, 2016
Is your metabolism working for you or against you? Are you burning fats or storing fats? How can you tell?
Your metabolism burn calories from the breakdown of either fats, carbohydrates or proteins (lean muscle). Those are the only 3 options. You can burn calories all day long, but if you are constantly triggering your metabolism to burn calories from the breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins, instead of stored body fats.
You will always struggle with fatigue, weight gain, cravings, mood swings, plateau’s and of course CELLULITE!
Here’s how you can tell if your metabolism has shifted from burning fats – to storing fats.
1. Do you skip meals or breakfast?
2. Do you get irritable or moody if meals are missed or delayed?
3. Do you struggle with mid/morning and afternoon slumps?
4. Do you have to eat every 2 – 3 hours to keep your blood sugar up?
5. Do you wake in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep?
6. Do you feel energized or sleepy after a meal?
7. Do you feel like you are constantly under stress?
These are only a few quick questions that may help you realize that your metabolism has shifted. Use our online health questionnaire to more accurately Test Your Metabolism.
The key point you need to understand is that losing weight and keeping it off is not a simple game of subtraction, and all you have to do is cut back on calories. You have to look at what controls or regulates your metabolism, and that is hormones.
Guys don’t stop reading…I’m not talking about estrogen and progesterone – I’m talking about insulin, glucagon, cortisol, adrenaline, testosterone and growth hormone.
Some hormones trigger your metabolism to burn fats, some trigger it to store fats, and others trigger your metabolism to burn carbs and proteins. The key is to burn fats 23/7. Right now I don’t care
about that one hour you are working out….I’m joking, I don’t even workout an hour. I’m talking about those all important 23 hours of the day that you should be in your ‘fat-burning’ mode.
To better understand how to overcome many of these health issues, you need to look and see if your metabolism has shifted. To learn more about what to do to correct this metabolism shift can be found in “To Burn orNot to Burn – Fat is the Question.”