On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing one of my top secrets on how to become a fat burning machine.
That’s right, by following this fat loss tip, your body will turn on the fat burning switch.
Here’s the simple tip.
To become a fat burning machine, you must reduce or completely stop eating processed carbohydrates.
By doing this, you’ll minimize the excessive production of the fat storing hormone insulin, which is secreted from your pancreas.
After eating these sugary foods, an excessive amount of insulin is released into the bloodstream to quickly remove the sugar.
Keep in mind, an optimal level of sugar in the bloodstream is less than one teaspoon.
So what do you think happens when you eat a cinnamon roll containing 60 grams of sugar?
Well, I’m going to demonstrate this.
It’s called the “Spill Over Effect” which I outlined in my book, Awaken The Abs Within.
In order for the 60 grams of sugar to be broken down, it goes through 3 steps:
If you’re somewhat active, up to 30% of the sugar will be burned for immediate energy.
This equals 18g of the 60g of sugar.
If you’re active, another 30% of the sugar can be stored as glycogen in the liver and muscle cells for short-term energy.
This equals another 18g of the 60g of sugar.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if you’re not active, your glycogen levels may already be full.
This means there would be no room to store that 18g of sugar for short-term energy.
If this is the case, that 18g of sugar gets sent to step #3.
This is the step where the spill over effect takes place.
As I pour the water into the coffee mug, it represents the sugar being stored as glycogen.
This indicates there is room for the sugar to be stored in the muscle and liver cells.
However, once the coffee cup becomes full of water, it represents when your glycogen levels become full.
As the water spills over the sides of the coffee mug, it demonstrates the spill over effect.
Since the muscle and liver glycogen stores are at capacity, the sugar has to be stored somewhere.
The remaining 40% of sugar can then be stored as fat in your fat cells.
So if your glycogen levels were already full, as indicated in step #2, the additional 30% of sugar now gets added to the 40% for a grand total of 70% or 42g of sugar being stored in the fat cells.
When sugar is quickly removed from the bloodstream it causes a sugar crash.
It’s the type of sugar crash when you feel mentally and physically fatigued, so you crave even more sugary foods.
Then you eat more sugar.
The cycle keeps repeating itself and turns into a fatty mess.
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there before.
Not only is insulin a fat storing hormone, it can also inhibit your body from burning fat for energy.
But wait, insulin isn’t all bad.
There are benefits to insulin.
Insulin helps replenish muscle and liver glycogen stores to help rebuild muscle.
Bottom line, you cannot burn body fat and Live Lean on a diet high in processed carbohydrates.
Definitely eliminate, or at the very least reduce, human made processed foods high in carbohydrates such as:
These sugary products are foreign to your genes, meaning your body doesn’t know how to process or assimilate them.
You should also reduce your consumption of grain products including:
Even though whole grain products have more nutritional value than white products, grains can still cause excess insulin production, and contain anti-nutrients that may cause digestion, immune, and inflammation issues in your body.
So you’re probably thinking, what’s left to eat?
You know the type of food that our digestive systems were designed to process?
By focusing on natural foods, that humans have ate for millions of years:
I’ve seen amazing and quick fat loss results from people limiting carbohydrates to 50-100g a day.
These carbohydrates come from vegetables and fruit.
However, if you’re more active, or just looking to maintain your current physique, your carbohydrate range could be more in the 100-150g a day.
If you think that’s low, remember civilizations with 99% of the same genetic make up as us have survived for thousands of years on less than 50g of carbohydrates a day.
So it’s up to you to take action on this information.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.