Would you like to burn fat for energy?
I’m sure you would.
The ‘metabolic switch’ refers to the process of the body switching from burning carbohydrates as its primary energy source to fat – what a sweet deal!
Becoming a ‘fat-burner’ involves controlling carbohydrate consumption so that your body adapts itself to using fat for fuel.
The end result of this is a beautiful thing called lipolysis i.e. the breakdown of fat for the body’s energy needs.
The opposite is true for high-carb diets where unused glucose is converted and stored as fat in the body, this is called lipogenesis – down with lipogenesis!
As wonderful as the end result is, the journey can be a little tough for some people. Unfortunately these people sometimes conclude that the metabolic switch is how they will always feel on a low-carb diet.
This is simply the transition period, nothing else.
A lifetime of eating a carb-laden diet will require an adaptation period of anywhere from 2 – 14 days when switching to a fat-metabolism.
Here’s why it happens.
A fat metabolism requires different enzymes to function than a carbohydrate one. Synthesizing the correct enzymes in sufficient quantities to become a fat-burner takes a little time.
Some people won’t even notice it, others will feel tired and foggy until the process has completed. You’ll know you’re a certified fat-burner when energy levels return to normal or even surpass what they were before.
If you notice the above symptoms, hang in there. The Promised Land is not far away!
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This is the start if the atkins diet. You can also purchase keto-stix to test your urine to see if you’ve switched. When your body is burning fat for energy a major byproduct is ketones in your urine.
I have done this before and it is a quick way to lose fat but its not something one can or should do for a long period of time as it reeks havoc on your kidneys. Also, once you stop the fat comes back fast.
I’ve been following your program for about a month now along with your workout schedule and I feel great. I’ve lost 6 lbs. It’s hard to really see much difference in my body though? How long does it usually take to see a noticeable difference when looking in the mirror? A few months?
Thirty odd years of weight training, and eating for health and fitness have taught me that we all respond a bit differently, among other things. I can say with total confidence my experience with an eating style really similiar to Mark’s, because bottom line first, I followed it to the letter, and second I did it, to the letter, for over a dozen years.
Once, when I fell off a roof, I had an emergency operation on my hand, and doctors told me to expect a loss of normal use and feeling. The medical staff got a bit annoyed when I followed my eating style in hospital, and demanded the food I required. They quickly pointed out the ‘ketones’ in my blood. This was after around 9/10 years constant, stringent eating this way. I had blood tests then. The same doctor was at least honest enough to be amased at my urine samples. His own words were that my urine was ‘unbelievably clear, not cloudy in the slightest’, and that it indicated really remarkable kidney function. I have had blood tests since, same thing. That’s my experience at 52.
I ate that way seeking optimum health, longevity and fitness. My fitness levels soon became a talking point. I don’t say this to brag, but because it happened. It was/is my experience. I honestly felt like I was cheating, eating that way, as I could literally trample my opponents, or grind them down, both in competition and training, and I regularly trained with top athletes from all fields. That was my aim, a fitness level that freed up and promoted a tireless skill level. I stopped competing, injury free, surrounded by associates and teammates nursing all sorts of debilitating injuries.
My ‘to the letter’ point. This may offend some people, but the reality of what I have seen is most people say one thing, yet do another. Heaps of people wanted to know about and ‘follow’ my diet. I never saw one person do it, not one,’to the letter’. Not one. Arnold described it as his greatest advantage, his ‘secret’. He remarked how everyone, many much more naturally gifted than him, would get fired up, plan their whole ‘Olympia’ strategy and campaigns, but sure enough, slowly but surely, none would stick to it.
One last thing. I built up from super, super skinny, a genuine ‘hard gainer, to 225 lbs muscular build. Totally naturally. Anyone with a lot of training experience will tell you its easy, fairly easy to reach a certain weight. But to go beyond that, everything has to be right. Growth equals health, thriving, or you just won’t grow, you’ll fold up in one way or another. And thats from experience. You heal amasingly. Just afew weeks ago I almost chopped a finger off. My mate is a doctor, he freaked, ‘you need an op, or you’ll lose it’. Everyone had the same reaction. A massive, deep gouge, a flap exposed to the bone. I wanted to surf, I didn’t want to miss the deluxe surf we were about to have. I know I heal. So I wrapped it up and went surfing, for days. To peoples disbelief, it’s already virtually healed, gone. My eating style (promoted and attracted by my thinking/belief style) promotes healing, health.
Anyway, thats my experience. I’m 52, still eat very similiar to the style presented here, and I feel deluxe. Most people assume I’m a really fit guy in my thirty’s. Thats all I know. The other thing I know, is I see a guy, impressive abs, impressive development, impressively alive and healthy looking, fired up, passionate, saying, ‘look, this is why, this is my actual experience’. More, much, much more than I can say about most ‘experts’.
Again, truly sorry if this come’s across the wrong way.