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The Relationship Between Fat and Fatigue and Three Things You Can Do About it
Author: Dawn Flemming
September 8th, 2018
Categories : Nutrition

Fat and fatigue isn’t so much about metabolism but more so about your lifestyle. Check out our three tips on how to reduce tiredness and body fat.

By Dawn Flemming

There are two main ways that we burn calories. The first is through breaking down proteins and carbohydrates and the second is by breaking down fat in our bodies. One of the major reasons why we don’t lose weight and why we are tired all the time is not how many calories we burn, but how we burn those calories.

So what’s the story here? The first and most obvious thing is that if you’re not burning your calories through fat, you’re not going to lose weight no matter how many calories you burn. If you’re constantly burning your calories the other route (namely proteins and carbs) you’re likely to have a very hard time losing weight.

What is not so obvious is the relationship between how we burn fat and tiredness. Burning calories through carbs does not produce much energy in the body. The energy runs out quickly and may even make us more tired. However, when we burn calories through body fat, not only do we lose weight, but this kind of calorie burning releases lots of energy and it lasts much longer than the other route.

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So what can we do about this? How can we start burning calories through fat?

The answer doesn’t seem to be our metabolism but more so in what kind of life style we lead. Look at what CBN has to say:

The problem with fats – is not that you can store up a huge reservoir of fats around your tummy, rear and hips.  The problem for many people is that their metabolism is so out of balance and not functioning properly – that it can’t burn stored body fats.  This is why so many people are dieting and exercising, and cutting calories and still not losing those unwanted pounds.  Their body is burning the wrong calories.  They are burning calories from the breakdown of carbohydrates and protein – not stored body fats.

Here are three potential solutions that you may want to look at if you’re looking to burn calories through fat and gain more energy.

1 ) Don’t skip your meals, especially breakfast. When you skip meals, your blood sugar drops and your stress hormones, namely cortisol and adrenaline go up. These two hormones are responsible for making your body burn calories through carbs and protein rather than body fat.

2 ) Eat high protein and high fat foods, not refined carbs. High fat and high protein foods regulate blood sugar in the body. Refined carbs like sugar and bread create insulin spikes and cause those pesky stress hormones to peak as well.

3 ) Watch out for stress. Yes, stress will cause the stress hormones to peak in your body. When those hormones are peaked, you burn calories more from carbs and less from body fat.

These three pointers are not exhaustive, but they will help you burn more fat and thereby not only lose weight but also gain more energy throughout the day.

Before you try out anything, make sure to talk to your doctor first.

Dawn Flemming is Director of Business Services at Geriatric In-Home Care in Fresno, California.

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