Understanding the Fat-Burning StateFat Burning

Basics:

The Secret behind Rapid Weight Loss

Getting Into The Fat-Burning State (FB)

Breaking Fat Burning

Resuming Fat Burning

The Secret behind Rapid Weight Loss
One of the objects of the meal replacement program is to reduce carbohydrate consumption to a point where you enter what we call the fat-burning state This state is commonly referred to as ketosis, but is better termed lypolysis. Lypolysis means breaking down fat.

When the body taps into our energy stores for extra calories, it usually utilizes glycogen. Glycogen is stored in the liver and is easily broken down into glucose (sugar) for quick energy. If we limit our calorie intake and reduce our carbohydrate consumption, we use up our glycogen stores and switch to fat as our source of energy. This is the fat-burning state, lypolysis, which is highly effective for weight loss and in particular fat loss.

In addition to fat loss, insulin levels are greatly reduced in fat burn. Insulin is essential for moving excess sugar, which can be very toxic to our body, out of the blood stream into our fat cells creating more fat. The typical western diet, high in refined carbohydrates (sugar and white starches), results in high sugar levels. High sugar levels trigger high insulin levels and thus large amounts of fat deposition, especially around the waist.

Lypolysis and ketosis have been used as a means of weight loss for several decades now. Most notable was its promotion by Dr. Atkins in his book "Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution" (1972). His diet was heavily criticized for the unhealthy fats it promoted and for pushing people into an extreme state of ketosis which can cause dehydration, impaired mental function, muscle damage and fruity smelling breath. In addition, the Atkins diet prohibits the consumption of vegetables, a rich source of fiber and micronutrients. Such extremes are unhealthy and unnecessary to achieve the desired weight loss benefits. Our program produces lypolysis by reducing carbohydrates just enough to get into the fat-burning state. Top of page

Getting Into the Fat Burning State (FB)
One of the challenging parts of our program is moving into the fat-burning state. Initially, our bodies are not used to using fat for energy so some individuals may feel side effects as they transition into fat-burn.


The good news is that this transition generally lasts only 2-4 days. Once you are in fat-burn you will feel a difference in your energy level. It will go up significantly as your body begins to enjoy having an alternative fuel source – fat stores! Top of page

Breaking Fat Burning
To stay in fat burn, you must avoid excess carbohydrates. Any extra carbohydrates such as a cookie, a slice of bread or a piece of fruit will move you out of fat burn. You can tell you have moved out of fat burn because you will experience:

Resuming Fat Burning
If you fall out of FB for some reason, the best response is to get back on program. Resume the program as if you had been on it all along.

You do not have to be perfect to succeed on this program, you need to be persistent. We all make mistakes and the key to success is to learn from those mistakes, make changes and try again. Keep on your meal schedule and get in your 5 MF meals and a Lean and Green. Do not abandon the day, the weekend or the week. The sooner you get back on program, the smaller the setback will be.

Getting right back on program shortens the amount of time it takes to get back into FB. It will take up to 3 days to get back into fat burn. Balance your expectations with your actions, so do not expect your weight to change until you have been back on program for a few days.

To learn more read Chapter 11 in "Dr A's Habits of Health". Top of page