You say you want to lose weight, but what I hear is that you want to lose excess body FAT. Lots of people want to see the scale go down, even if that means going on a starvation diet, and sacrificing muscle along with fat. Skinny fat is not healthy! And its also the reason why the weight will return with a vengeance and often times people end up gaining back more weight than they had originally lost.
Eating lots of healthy fats ensures your muscles are preserved while we get rid of the fat. Muscle is important for the obvious; strong is the new sexy! But also because the lean muscle you gain and preserve will determine your resting metabolism and the body’s ability to burn body fat.
Our bodies regulate hormone secretion and enzyme production based on what we put in our bodies. If you eat more carbohydrates than your body is able to burn, it gets stored as glycogen (sugar) in your cells and then easily converts to stored fat.
Medium chain triglycerides, like coconut oil are amazing because they get absorbed almost instantly by the body and become available for energy, unlike other fats that can take up to hours.
Why does that matter? Because your body can access fat immediately and burn it as your primary fuel. This is what it means to be fat adapted! And you are training your body to burn fat as fuel! This makes you a lean mean fat burning machine!
But wait now… studies have shown while yes eating fat does in fact burn fat. Eating high fat with lots of carbohydrates results in notable fat gains. So what we know is that it’s about knowing when, and how much when it comes to carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are connected with insulin spikes, insulin gives the body tissue the ability to grow and we want that tissue to be muscle growth not fat cell growth!
Eliminate sugar! And reduce carbohydrate intake from refined sources like breads, pasta and prepackaged foods.
Consider going gluten and grain free.
Incorporate MCT oil into your recipes. Start with your morning coffee!
Bulletproof® Coffee Recipe:
- Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground coffee (French Press is easiest.)
- Add in 1-2 tablespoons of brain octane to the hot coffee (It’s STRONG – start with 1 tsp. and work up over several days).
- Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee
Mix it all in a blender for 30 seconds until it is frothy like a foamy latte.
Read your labels and start to pay attention to what you are actually eating. Notice all those hidden sugars and other ingredients (why are there so many chemicals and preservatives in foods- yuck!). Consider adding more whole foods into the diet.
Consider counting how many carbohydrates and sugars you are consuming in a day. Where can you cut some out? Ideally your breakfast!
And get more green vegetables onto your plate at every meal!
As you start to decrease refined carbohydrates and increase your fat and green vegetable intake you will start to notice a difference in how you are feeling!