Why does a person lose weight safely and quickly? (Part 1 of 2)
Our program works by putting your body in a “fat burning state”. This is more technically known as a controlled mild “dietary ketosis.” Ketosis is a stage of metabolism where your body has depleted the reserves of its main form of energy – glycogen. Once those reserves are gone, your liver will begin breaking down stored fat in the body for use as energy. Breaking down the fat yields fatty acids and three types of ketone bodies (hence, the name ketosis). The ketones are then burned by the cells in your body as an alternative fuel. This name “ketosis” is not to be confused with the term ketacidosis, which is an unrelated condition that occurs in uncontrolled diabetes) So, to avoid confusion, we will call it “Fat Burning” or the “Fat Burning State”.
Getting Into the Fat Burning State
Switching your body from carb burning to fat burning can be a little challenging for some. Our bodies have done what they’ve always done for millions of years – they’ve adapted to life as they know it. Our lives have led to us being overweight by indulging in bad foods in bad quantities. Our bodies are now used to that type of existence. Introducing a new nutritional paradigm (fat burn) to our bodies will necessitate it’s adapting to the new condition.
First, your body will notice a drop in caloric intake. We’ve gotten our bodies used to abundant calories and carbohydrates for long periods of time or to an up and down pattern of calories/carbs which our bodies see as “feast or famine”. Either way, when we decrease the calories/carbs , our bodies may react:
•Hunger – you may feel hunger because your body is used to having more than it has now. Some people find that the close spacing of fuelings keeps them from feeling hungry.
•Fatigue – you are taking in less fuel (food) than you used to and your body will probably try to compensate by getting you to slow down your expenditure of energy. It does this by decreasing your metabolic rate. This can make you feel tired, even dizzy. It’s a type of warning that your body’s giving you saying “if you don’t get some food, I’m going to start burning fat!”
•Headache – some report headaches associated with “carbohydrate withdrawal”. Whether it’s truly withdrawal or not, I don’t know. However, it certainly seems that way to those who suffer its effects. The typical headache relief methods (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin.) Try to use such products soon after having a meal and drink plenty of water.
•Irritability – when you’re hungry, tired and/or have a headache…you can be understandably irritable. Try to keep in mind that you may be more inclined to react negatively to things during this short time. Just know this will pass.
The good news is that getting into the Fat Burning state usually takes only 3-4 days. Once you’re in fat burning, you’ll 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! This is really something to celebrate- and it’s important if we are health coaches, to be checking in with our clients each day, making sure they are following the program correctly until the Fat Burning state is achieved!
tomorrow we will talk about being in fat burning/ breaking fat burning and resuming fat burning