Before you burn fat, you have to “release” the fatty acids into your bloodstream through a process called lipolysis. They then get transported to the mitochondria where they will be oxidized into energy.
It could take time to become “fat adapted” depending on your eating history and even genetics. If you are always used to snacking and eating high carb / sugar there will be an adjustment period. Could be a week to months. On the other hand, if you have some experience with fasting and eat pretty clean then getting into fat burning mode will be easier and take less time.
There is no reason to be concerned about malnutrition unless you are underweight because our fat stores can deposit an almost infinite amount of calories. In order to have enough electrolytes be sure to add some quality sea salt to your food and perhaps in your water. Also, tea and coffee along with sparkling water will help get you through hunger cues. It also helps to stay busy during a fasting time as well.
I hope this helps explain a bit about fasting and fat loss. Fasting is a powerful tool that can help you get into fat burning mode and lose that body fat we all strive for!
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Hello, and welcome to the get lean and eat clean podcast. My name is Brian grin. I’m a certified health coach, trainer and author. And this podcast is for middle-aged men and women looking to optimize their health and get their bodies back to what it once was 10 to 15 years ago. I will give you simple, actionable items to get long-term sustainable results. Thanks for listening and enjoy the show.
All right. Welcome to the get lean eat clean podcast. Hope you’re having a great Tuesday. My name is Brian grin, and today we’re going to discuss a fun topic, fasting and fat loss. I know fasting to you might not be exciting, but it’s one of my favorite topics. And today we’re going to discuss a little bit about the science behind it, and then I’ll give you some tips. At the end. The bottom line is fasting. In my opinion, is one of the healthiest and easiest ways to reduce obesity, but also to get in what’s called fat burning mode. And essentially this mode could take time depending on your eating history regarding the science behind it.
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Before you burn fat, you have to release the fatty acids into your bloodstream through a process called lipolysis. Now this process gets transported to your mitochondria and then from there, it gets oxidized into energy. So I know you probably don’t care too much about the science behind it, but this process of lipolysis can take time depending on your eating history for hips, a bit genetics, but the bottom line is getting into fat burning mode could take a week. It could take a month. You know, if you’re, if you were very dependent on, you know, high carb eating all the time, relying on glucose, you never really used your fat stores for energy.
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This could take some time. And then on the other hand, if you have done some fasting and you’re eating pretty clean, then it’s a lot easier to get into fat burning mode. So for me, when I first started fasting, it did take some time. I had some ha a lot of hunger, hunger pains through the process, but once you get sort of through that sort of, I don’t know, like that window and you, and you start getting into fat burning mode. A lot of the times you sort of control when you want to eat. And it really just gives you freedom, freedom, and flexibility. You’re not tied down by the clock. And it’s something that I think is so powerful with fasting.
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So what, what is, you know, what’s behind this and one of the hormones that’s so important when it comes to fasting and life in general is something called insulin. And essentially in order to control insulin, you have to sort of take two things into account. One is what you’re eating. Okay. That’s going to determine high, your insulin is going to spike. And then the second thing is when you’re eating and that’s going to determine how persistent insulin is throughout the day. Now, insulin is not a bad thing. First of all, it does a lot of great things with cells. It’s, it’s antibiotic helps you grow, but if you’re getting too much of it, then that’s not a good thing.
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It’s just like anything else. So essentially, how can we control insulin? Well, one is, is, is what we eat, which gets talked a lot about, right? And like I mentioned before, second thing is when we’re eating, if you’re snacking all the time and you sort of get up and eat right away and then eat until before you go to bed, that is not a good thing. I would say a first tip would be maybe just pick a time to stop eating at night. And that could be seven or eight o’clock I would say, give yourself at least two to three hours before you go to bed. I definitely don’t like to eat too late. So essentially there’s a lot of talk about, you know, what you’re eating.
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And if you just focus on, when you’re eating right off the bat, it’ll make things a lot better. And then you can get into what you’re eating, because essentially if you’re having, you know, let’s just say a lot of vegetable oils and high-fructose corn syrup and sugar and things that are going to raise insulin. It’s going to make the fasting a lot more difficult. And I’ve talked about this in the past, but if you can just base your meals around quality, protein, and healthy fats, it’s going to make fasting easier. And you’re going to be able to get into fat burning mode and to eventually lose body fat. And that’s the whole goal. That’s the goal with this podcast. And essentially if you can learn how to do to control those two things that I mentioned, it can go a long way.
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You know, one of the things that gets brought up to me quite a bit is, you know, when they talk about fasting, people think of malnutrition, well, by no means, are you going to be malnourished unless you’re underweight less than, let’s say 4% body fat and pregnant, and let’s say under age, then, you know, fasting is a great tool to use. Obviously you want to have a coach or a health professional to help guide you, especially if you’re brand new to it. I came out with a 21 day fasting challenge.com. If you want to check that out, back in that sort of eases you into the fast, and that’s what I recommend for all my clients. There’s no reason to jump head first and have a bad experience.
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You want to sort of, let’s say push-back breakfast, stop eating dinner at a certain time. And then, you know, take advantage of the overnight fast that we all do, obviously when we’re sleeping. So the bottom line is ease into it and essentially you’ll, you’ll start getting more used to it for me. I remember it took time and essentially I was a healthy eater at first and never did fasting, but once I did sort of was a game changer and it sort of took my health to the next level. So I would just say this, the only thing that you want to keep an eye on is micronutrients, essentially potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus.
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You know, these are, these are micronutrients that perhaps when you start fasting, you might lack, but for, unless you’re doing like really long-term fast, I wouldn’t worry so much about it. I would say that an easy, easy sort of tip to not have to worry about that is just start adding some good quality salt to your meals and perhaps into your water. I do some mineral drops from time to time. So it’s, it’s just, it’s easy. And you know, essentially you’re going to get those micronutrients from that. Also, the last thing I’ll say is that with fasting is you want to stay busy, right? If you have a day where you’re just going to be, you know, not a lot going on, you’re going to probably want to eat more.
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But if you have a busy day, that’s a good time to sort of do some fasting. So keep that in mind, you know, drink plenty of tea and coffee. I would say, you don’t have to go crazy with it, but obviously you don’t want to drink too much caffeine before bed, but those are great tips. Also, sparkling water does well to sort of help those hunger cues come and go. Cause that’s what they do. These hunger cues will come and go. And eventually that’s not to say, you’re not going to be hungry from time to time when you do fast and you will, but you’ll be able to control it more and it’ll come and it’ll just go. But within, let’s say 30 minutes now, maybe even less, so fasting and fat loss, it’s a powerful tool.
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Give it a try. Let me know if you have questions and I hope you have a great rest of the day and yeah, thanks so much for listening and I will talk to you next week. Thanks.
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