The latest addition to the “boost fat burn and build muscle and lose weight” club is a program that promises to speed up your metabolism and boost fat burn. At first glance, it may seem like an over-the-top gimmick with no real bearing on either weight loss or muscle building, but this product has been around for quite some time. Dr. David Palmer, one of the co-founders of the diet and nutrition firm Natural Caffeine, made it famous in his book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle. The idea behind it is that carbs (the same things you eat while dieting) have a double effect on our bodies: they can increase insulin levels (which causes us to be sluggish) and decrease it (which makes us feel full).
The problem is that there are more fats in our foods than carbohydrates. We don’t want to ingest more carbohydrates, so we go for high-fiber foods (such as beans and nuts) and low-fat foods (such as meats). These diets are fine for most people, but Dr. Sisson says there is a secret to getting rid of stubborn fats faster: Eat the right kinds of fats! Dr. Sisson says our body’s two major fat-burning organs, the fat cells and the liver, don’t burn fat but convert it into glycogen (a sugar that supplies energy) – this is what we need to maintain our normal body weight.
Eat less high-carbohydrate foods
So how do we get our bodies to burn up more of these healthy fats instead of storing them? For starters, we eat less high-carbohydrate foods such as bread and pasta. Instead, we should eat carbohydrates that come from plant sources such as whole grains, oats, beans, coconut milk, and tomatoes. Eating a lot of these natural healthy fats will lead to increased levels of energy. And who doesn’t want more energy?
Add more healthy fats to your diet
A second trick to make your body burn fat faster is to add more healthy fats to your diet. Dr. Sisson says that three major factors affect how efficiently your body burns fat: your genetic makeup, your physical activity level, and the total amount of carbohydrates you eat. By taking two tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil and flaxseed oil per day, you can make your body burn fat more efficiently. These fats are also easy on the digestive system, it makes them better for your body than other fats that may take longer to break down in your system.
Increase your consumption of carbohydrates
The last tip is to increase your consumption of carbohydrates, but don’t go too far by choosing starchy carbs like bread and pasta over-healthy fats. By choosing low-glycemic index carbohydrates (which convert to glucose at a lower rate), you can keep your blood sugar levels stable and keep your insulin levels low, which keeps your body burning fat all day long. Adding whole grains to your diet, as well as vegetables, fruits, and lean meat will also help. Dr. Sisson recommends consuming about sixty grams of carbs a day, which is about two cups of pasta and three eggs.
Boosting Your Metabolism
In addition to boosting your metabolism, these tips will help you lose weight more effectively. However, they’re not a miracle cure. To boost your fat-burning process, you should also cut out simple carbs, such as white bread, pasta, and potatoes. While they do have some nutrients in them, such as fiber, they also have almost no nutritional value and should be completely dismissed while on a fat-burning diet