Do any of the following describe you?
- A couple of hours after eating, you are hungry again
- You struggle to lose weight
- You are holding on to belly fat
- You experience spikes in energy, followed quickly by crashes
If so, then it is likely that you are a sugar burner as opposed to a fat burner.
Sugar burners eat small meals throughout the day that are often high in carbs. Due to this, their bodies use glucose as its main fuel source. When you give your body a steady stream of glucose, it is never required to reach into its fat stores for fuel.
This means, you hold onto fat and burn the glucose that comes from the foods you are eating. In addition, your body becomes reliant on carbs for energy, so when your body runs out of carbs, you crash and need to eat more to keep your energy levels up.
Sugar burners often eat foods that are high in sugar, which spikes their insulin levels only to have those levels eventually bottom out. When your insulin levels are raised, your body goes into fat storage mode. This can negatively affect your fat regulating hormones. High insulin levels block leptin levels, which means that your brain will likely have trouble registering when it is full. This obviously leads to overeating and eventual weight gain.
Let’s compare this to fat burners.
- Can go hours between meals without feeling hungry
- Have increased energy levels
- Can lose weight around their midsection
- Don’t experience sugar spikes and crashes
Fat burners still eat carbs, but they do so at the right time, for the right reasons, and in terms of fueling a workout. Fat burners also often space their meals more than sugar burners to regulate insulin levels.
Because you aren’t giving your body a steady stream of glucose, it is then able to reach into its fat stores to begin using fat as fuel. You won’t experience the crashes that come with spiked insulin levels, and will be able to listen to your body’s hunger and satiety cues.
So it does matter what you eat if your goal is to switch from sugar burning to fat burning. You do NOT however have to eat as soon as you wake. I have created a list of my top 10 best foods to eat in the morning (or whenever your first meal may be each day) to become less of a sugar burner and more of a fat burner. The link is below:
DOWNLOAD MY TOP 10 BEST FOODS TO EAT IN THE MORNING HERE
Need more guidance?
If you need more guidance on how to convert your body from burning sugar to burning fat, you may want to consider joining my BURN FAT AND FEAST program. We will spend 6 weeks implementing new nutrition strategies as well as learning how to work out according to how you eat each day. At the end of the program, you will be well on your way to burning fat for life!
Here’s a Facebook Live video on becoming a FAT BURNER: