Burn Fat or Store Fat?

Burn Fat or Store Fat?

Have you ever wondered if foods, and habits have an impact on your body’s fat burning? It’s true. You really can have control of fat burning, and conversely, fat storage by the foods you eat. The diet decisions we make will determine whether we burn fat or store fat.

Certain foods and behaviors ignite hormones like leptin that tell your body to either burn fat or store fat.

Behaviors that tell your body to burn fat.
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Sleep is important in fat burning.

Sleep  It is vitally important to our overall health, and fat burning efforts that we get at least 7 hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep per night. Ideally, at least 5 consecutive hours of uninterrupted sleep. This means not getting up to go to the bathroom, to put the cat out, of for any other reason. Without this sleep, burning fat may not happen. This is also important for our overall health.

Melatonin

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Exercise can enhance fat burning.

Exercise

You ask if exercise can burn fat or store fat? Lower intensity exercise such as walking, outside or on a treadmill,  is good to burn fat.  If it has been a while since you have exercised at all, it is important to start with walking until you build up to a sustainable level, like walking for a half hour to an hour at a time.

You can increase the aerobic benefit of walking by adding hills.  Once you have achieved a reasonable level of fitness from walking, you can then add interval training to increase the level of fat burning.

Interval training is short intense periods of exercise with rest in between.  In fact, interval training can bring about 4 1/2 times more fat burning than sustained exercise like walking on a treadmill.

Foods that tell your body to burn fat.
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Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli tell your body to burn fat.

Cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, and cabbage, can help liver function, and can lower and balance estrogens that are unhealthy,  They contain potassium, and other minerals, and vitamins.

Protein

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Proteins like salmon in small portions can increase fat burning.

Protein can generate fat burning if you eat less than 6 ounce servings per meal. Some examples are beef, salmon, and eggs.  Your liver must be functioning well or your protein intake should be less. If so, consider detoxing your liver with coffee enemas, and anti-infective herbs.

Foods rich in Potassium

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Potassium rich foods like avocados assist fat burning.

Potassium rich foods allow sugar to be stored as sugar rather than stored as fat. Sugary foods or foods that convert to sugar will be stored as fat without the presence of potassium.

Potassium is needed to keep blood sugar levels balanced, and to eliminate sugar cravings. People that have a sweet tooth, are probably deficient in potassium.  The RDA, recommended daily allowance of potassium is 4,700 mg., which is the equivalent of 7-10 cups of vegetables.

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Artichokes are high in fiber,and can speed fat burning.

Fiber

Fiber, preferably from veggies, can speed up your fat burning metabolism, and decrease or slow your hormones that store fat.

Fat

Fat doesn’t burn fat or store fat. Fat neither causes fat storage, or fat burning. It would take a diet of 5% carbs, or carbohydrates, and 70% fat to bring about the fat burning state of ketosis.

Foods that tell your body to store fat

These foods answer the question burn fat or store fat, as store fat.

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Breads are from grains, and can signal insulin to store fat.

Grains and Starches

Grains like muffins, breads, cereals,  and crackers, and starches, such as rice, and potatoes all trigger an increase in the production of the fat storing hormone insulin.

Fruits

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Figs are high in sugar, and can slow fat burning.

Fruits contain more sugar than vegetables, and as a result can increase insulin levels, spike blood sugar levels, and decrease the fat burning process.

Fruits do however, contain fiber, which is pro fat burning, so very light intake of some fruits is acceptable, and will have a neutral effect. Check the glycemic index for very low sugar containing fruits.

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Sugary foods like honey will hinder fat burning.

 Sugars (including hidden sugars)

Many foods, especially American foods contain added refined sugar.  Always check the label before you buy any food product to be sure it is not high in sugar content.  Beware of juice, deli meats, alcohol, yogurts, and many other processed foods, and drinks.

In the presence of sugar, all 6 hormones that burn fat are negated or rendered ineffective.  The worst culprits are brown sugar, table sugar, honey, and syrups. The exception is wild, raw, untreated, unheated honey. Even this wonderfully delicious, nutritional superstar should be eaten moderately to guard against fat storage.

To make matters worse, if you add a protein like meat or fish to sugars, you can increase fat storage by two times, or 200%.

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Large amounts of protein over 9 ounces will negate fat burning.

Too much protein

If you eat more than 9 ounces of protein at a sitting, you will increase the fat storage hormone insulin by double or 200%.  If you can keep your protein intake to 6 ounces or less ideally, you will be able to burn fat instead of store it.

MSG – Monosodium Glutamate

MSG or Monosodium Glutamate, is a flavor enhancer that is designed to increase your appetite. Quite often, MSG is in certain foods, but is hidden as another name on food labels.

Some of the other names for MSG are modified food starch, or natural flavors. MSG can increase the fat storing hormone, insulin by 3 times or 300%.

MSG is also considered an excitotoxin, and can excite nerve, and brain cells to death. Needless to say, avoid this food additive like the plague.

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Some soy products like this bean curd can help with fat burning.

Soy protein isolate, soy protein powder, and soy milk

All three of these soy foods can increase estrogen, and as a result, increase insulin by 300% or three times, and store more fat.  Sprouted soy, and fermented soy like tempeh, tofu, and miso, in small portions is healthier to eat, and won’t store fat.

Stress

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Too much stress can activate the fat storing hormone cortisol.

Too much stress can activate the fat storing hormone known as cortisol.  Stress has a cumulative effect on the body, and it’s fat processes.

Inflammation, and pain may also spike cortisol levels. There are many ways to help decrease stress, such as proper sleep, massage, meditation, exercise, vacations from work, and B vitamins.

Learn these hormone triggers, and which foods burn fat, and you will be on your way to a slimmer, healthier you. Which would you rather do, burn fat or store fat?

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6 thoughts on “Burn Fat or Store Fat?”

  1. The hidden sugar in food is really bad. I think the reason foods contain added refined sugar, is because it is addictive. You end up eating “just one more”, i.e. the producers can sell more. And that is not only bad for burning fat, but also for your wallet. 😉 Thanks for this excellent post!

    1. Hi Marika, thank you for your comments. Yes, the processed food makers can be quite sneaky with the way they label ingredients. I agree. It is all about profits, not about providing a healthy product for their customers. Glad that you liked the post. Tom

  2. Hi, Very useful information. We are vegetarian and consume a lot of soy products, such as soy bean, soy milk, and tofu etc. Recently, my wife’s blood test showed that her blood sugar is slightly high, early phase of diabetes. Is this related to the consumption of bean products? Thanks for shareing.

    1. Hi Anthony, thank you for your comments. Not knowing your wife’s complete diet, it is difficult to say what may be causing her slightly high blood sugar. I would be surprised if you could attribute it to bean products exclusively. Good luck, Tom

  3. Thanks so much for this info! I’ve beed doing the low-carb life for a couple of months now and have had much success. Exercise as well by walking daily. I’ll refer to your site often!

    1. Hi Daniela, thank you for your comments. I am glad that you found the information useful. Good for you for living a healthy lifestyle. Tom

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