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Getting Rid of Stored Fat – Fat Loss Insight

Fat loss is whats on everyone’s mind, as you go about your day most likely you fit in a few meals and a few snacks. Lets say cereal, or toast in the morning a sandwich at lunch time then dinner with some rice some pasta or some bread. In between you might have a granola bar, fruit and a nice coffee from your local Starbucks. All these foods have a certain type of nutrient, carbohydrate.

Foods can be made up of carbohydrates, protein and fat. Different foods have different amounts of each. Meat for example has mostly protein with some fat. Bread is largely made up of  carbohydrate with a small amount of protein and barely any fat at all.

As carbohydrates are eaten they get digested and converted into a form of sugar in your bloodstream. This sugar called glucose is then used by the body for energy. The level of glucose in your body needs to be balanced in a certain range. Your body uses a clever way to store excess glucose, it does this by releasing insulin into the bloodstream which tells the body to use some of the glucose as energy and the excess is stored in the liver and muscles.  The liver and muscles, store any excess glucose as a substance called glycogen. If you eat more calories from carbohydrates or other sources than your body can use, the cells store the excess as fat. Muscles have a limit to how much can be stored. Muscles can store approximately 500 g of glycogen. The liver can only store about 100 g of glucose in the form of glycogen. Therefore the resulting excess is stored as fat.

Burning the Fat

If you are serious about burning the stored fat then reduce your calories gradually don’t go cold turkey  as this will only result in the body clinging onto those fat stores. Your calorie intake should be varied so to keep the body guessing and keep your metabolism up, this will also help you avoid any dreaded plateaus. It is important to cut the bad carbohydrates out such as:

  • Refined grains like white bread, white rice and enriched pasta.
  • Processed foods such as cake, candy, cookies and chips.
  • White potatoes.
  • Sweetened soft drinks.
  • Sugar.

Protein is a key in any diet to lose the fat. Protein is used as building blocks for muscle in your body and won’t turn to fat. The intake of protein needs to be increased. Protein can be:

  • Eggs
  • Whey Protein
  • Leafy Greens (Spinach, Broccoli, Kale)
  • Salmon
  • Vegetables
  • Lean Beef
  • Chicken Breast
  • Tuna
  • Beans and Legumes.

The fundamentals of getting rid of the stored fat is to eat regularly and have small meals often. eating spikes up your metabolism. I know what your thinking eating more is not going to get rid of the fat but eating smaller meals every 2-3 hours results in the body burning more, make sure you’re eating the same amount, just breaking it up and eating more often. There are foods that can keep the body going, these are the type of foods that can help in getting rid of the stored fat. Foods such as Oatmeal, Low fat Greek yogurt, Eggs and Nuts to name a few. They control your hormones and, quite frankly, that’s half the battle. So stock up!