Burn, Baby, Burn: How To Turn Stored Fat Into Engery (And It Doesn't Include The Gym)
The general rule of thumb is that a normal meal takes 4-6 hours to digest. When you eat something before that previous meal is fully digested, it's like adding dirty clothes to a washing machine mid-cycle or raw pasta to a pot mid-cooking – it doesn’t work. Your clothes come out dirty, your pasta all sorts of funky, and your digestive system slowly chugs along.
Our bodies are smart and are proud owners of sophisticated digestive systems that are designed to efficiently digest clean, balanced meals before turning around and doing it all over again. The main energy source for our bodies is glucose, so any carbs you eat will be the first to go. Next are fats, which are not as efficient of an energy source, but get tapped into when glucose is unavailable. This means that if you take a break from snacking in between meals (aka cut off the glucose supply) your body will burn stored fat for energy.
Not snacking in between meals will also allow your digestive system to relax, restore, and rejuvenate, improving nutrient assimilation, boosting metabolism, and, of course, burning stored fat. With less energy spent focusing on digestion, your body is able to refocus its energy elsewhere – this is where the healing occurs.
Snacking is a hard habit to break. When we train our bodies to look forward to sugar fixes every 2-3 hours, our blood sugars drop without one and our energy levels plummet. These highs and lows create a stressful environment in the body. The repercussion is your body burning glucose and storing an even greater level of fat to deal with the emergency state hence created.
The good news is, your body is one smart cookie and can easily be retrained to nix the snacks and your fat storages all in one go. All it takes is a recommitment to 3 balanced, wholesome meals a day, with no grazing in between.
Sakaralite tip: make lunch your biggest meal when your digestive strength is at its peak. You will find that a mid-afternoon snack doesn’t feel so necessary and that a lean, healthy body is closer than you think.