” I eat clean – no junk – but the weight won’t come off.”
“When I try to push my endurance, I inevitably bonk.”
If I delay my meals, I’m terribly ‘hangry!'”
These may be signs that you are a sugar-burner, not a fat-burner. That means the stored fats in your body and the fats you eat are not available for fuel, leaving you to run on metabolic “kindling,” rather than “logs.”
Assess yourself on this simple Sugar Burner Checklist:
- My energy fluctuates and doesn’t flow evenly throughout the day (classic Wired or Tired Syndrome).
- I fight cravings and don’t feel satiated, even after eating. It’s as if something’s missing from the meal.
- I’m either revved up after a meal, or just plain tired.
- I find it very diificult to fast. The need to snack is overriding.
- I run out of steam during endurance activities.
- I am unable to shed excess weight.
- I feel irritable before mealtime.
Human physiology is biased toward fat-burning. It provides sustained energy, creates fewer free radicals, is more efficient, and takes away cravings.
Benefits of being a fat-burner include freedom from dizziness, brain fog, and mood swings.
So how do you change your metabolism? Try adjusting your eating rhythms in this manner: After dinner, don’t consume anything else for the rest of the day, except water and herbal tea.
The next morning, eat only fats and proteins, such as avocado with eggs. See how long you can go on that energy. Don’t eat again until your fuel drops off. Then have a meal and call it lunch. You may have carbs, but try to limit them to vegetables: For example, enjoy a salad with wild-caught salmon and a homemade vinaigrette of olive oil, vinegar, herbs, and perhaps mustard.
Refrain from eating again until your next experience of hunger. Then eat your dinner. It should be your smallest meal of the day. You might try something like grass-fed steak, and organic sauteed vegetables in butter. Now, don’t eat again until breakfast.
This regimen is challenging because it demands no snacking, but it re-regulates your blood sugars and enables you to get off the energy roller-coaster. After a couple of weeks, when you are feeling a renewed sense of wellness, you can experiement with bringing more natural carbohydrates moderately into your diet, such as whole fruits, or soaked and sprouted grains and legumes.