Start Managing Diabetes Today by Using a Simple Concept

Start managing diabetes today by using a simple concept: how to become a fat burner

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ne misunderstood aspect of diabetes and its management – is how our bodies produces and uses energy we make from foods. Most of our attention is dedicated to lower sugar levels. But how we generate energy from foods can directly impact diabetes and glucose control much more efficiently. Most anti diabetic diets are focused on calorie count as a way to control glucose levels but this might not be the most efficient way to do it.

To control diabetes with calorie count is like trying to empty a bucket while you simultaneously poor water in it. We have to think in terms of not producing our energy from glucose and using instead a different way our body posses. If no carbohydrates are consumed the body is forced to use another way in order to make energy. This is something our bodies are perfectly capable of doing. This is not as radical as you may think.

Think of a hybrid car which run on either gasoline or electricity. Your body is also a hybrid and can produce energy from fats or carbohydrates, and that depends on what you eat.  I like to compare carbohydrates to electricity, and gas to fat because they share some similarities. Electricity can vary in intensity, and has to be used immediately or it can dissipate. Gasoline on the other hand deliver the same amount of power weather the tank is full or almost empty. These comparisons are not the point of my discussion and should only give an idea leading to a better understanding of what happens under the hood.

Propensity for diabetes can be seen as an intolerance to glucose, or a malfunction on energy production when it comes from carbohydrates. If you can’t process carbohydrates and continue to eat them a problem begins. If you’re diabetic it would be like your hybrid car electric system is needing repair so you may want to switch and run on gas almost exclusively. That is not a problem and in fact might bring great benefits in many ways even for non diabetics.

Your body have been living on energy from fats for millions of years. When there were no fruits, nuts, or seeds during the winter, our bodies survived by making energy from the fats we stored during the summer. So we were able to switch modes several times a day, but this ability have been compromised. The good news is that we still can do just that, and we should. Our ability to switch modes is associated with overall health and has an inverse association with diabetes.

Diabetes is the true indication that some of us are more sensitive to glucose and should consider alternatives. Diabetes is characterized by glucose intolerance or insulin resistance. This is caused by an overload of glucose from carbohydrates 24/7 until your metabolism becomes intolerant. Diabetes and obesity have also a strong association, as 95% of diabetics type 2 are obese. When you burn fat for energy you do just that: burn fat. So the other benefit is that you develop the best ways to weight control there is. You’ll be burning fat even if you don’t exercise, but if you do you’ll burn even more fat.

Why burning fat for energy is better for you overall

There are many benefits when you are on “fat burning” mode. When you burn fat for energy there is no need to manage glucose and therefore no need for insulin production. It is an entirely different system. The liver produces ATP from fats. Your fat storage is stable and consistent so there is no urgency to eat all the time. It gives you energy for the long haul, and it does not require you to stop at the “gas station” too often. For diabetics this can be a game changer. With little insulin being released on your blood there is less chance for insulin resistance to develop. When you burn fat you also have more energy and a more steady output of energy and you don’t need to eat all the time which means; weight loss.

When you switch your body main mode of energy creation to “fat burning” you become a lean and mean machine. You become more energetic loosing weight in the process. The simple production of energy from fat calories takes calories. This system also promotes energy expenditure by making you more energetic and for longer time. So you burn more energy, spend more energy metabolizing energy, lose weight and trim fat both adipose fat and organ fat including liver fat. This is a win win situation and the hallmark for diabetes reversal.

What makes our system switch to fat burning

The main precursors of a “fat burning” mechanism are two: ingestion of fat, and absence of carbohydrates. By eating a meal where 70% of your calories come from fats and proteins you can provide a good signal. Your body will sense the need to switch because it knows your carbohydrate load is not enough to support activity. So it is all about the volume and ratio of fats, protein Vs. carbohydrates rather then the calorie count. Remember: a calorie is not a calorie. They all behave differently and its impossible to measure how many you spend and consume. Calories from carbohydrates behave one way and calories from fat in another. Fat has 9 calories per gram and protein and carbohydrates has 4. But to produce ATP from fat it takes energy, so some of it will be burned on energy creation.

Why changing the types of carbohydrates wont help you much

A common diet practice to control diabetes is to cut carbohydrates that are considered bad. Rice, pasta, white rice, white potato and white bread. Even though it is certainly better to cut these foods and eat wholesome grains, in the end a carbohydrate will give your body the glucose it craves. This will not signal your body to start burning fat. Carbohydrates will always be turned into glucose sooner of later. Of course is better if they burn slower, but better is if they don’t burn at all. We need to have a handle on carbohydrates by restricting it and replacing them with proteins and fats.

How do I know I’m on fat burning mode?

Good question. It’s very simple, after you had your fatty meal you should feel full and satisfied. The kind of satisfaction is different, you fell you can’t overeat: you are not stuffed in fat, the opposite is true, you don’t feel stuffed but you feel satisfied; you’ll not reach for more food. You’ll not feel hungry for hours. Your level of energy is high, you are not tired or sleepy, you fell you can just keep going. So when you think what are you running on, it can only be fat because you didn’t eat enough carbohydrates, so that energy can only be coming from one place. The other for real sign is that you lost some weight. By eating more fats your stomach will not stretch to much, a smaller stomach will trigger less desire to eat.

Try for yourself it’s free

Don’t take my word. This should be simple and pleasurable. All you have to do is to control your fat, protein Vs. carbohydrates and induce the fat burning stage. See if you lose weight, see if you feel better and with more energy, see if affects your blood glucose control. It wont kill you if you try for a while. If it works you should feel better, you know your’re in the right track. If on the other hand you fell lousy and bloated you know something is wrong. Remember, only wholesome fats will work. Eat cold cuts and meat with fat, cheese, eggs, whole milk, olive oil, coconut oil, butter. Don’t eat hydrogenated vegetable oils, margarine, fats used to bake sweets and fried foods.

References

  1. Understanding and Addressing the Epidemic of Obesity: An Energy Balance Perspective

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  • jocelyn May 31, 2015, 7:35 am

    Our body’s natural fuel are veggies and fruits. Without it’s natural fuel, it will gradually lose its health. Thanks for the great read.

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