Imagine that you are going to start your car, but you do not have gasoline or electricity (if it is ecological) to start it. Obviously, it will not move until it has the necessary energy.
The same goes for your body. That perfect machine, designed for you to exercise, work, digest, go shopping, walk your pet and even sleep, needs enough energy.
The good news is that there are several ways to obtain it. And one of them is while burning fat. Excellent news!, right?
In this post you will learn how to use fat as a source of energy and be in shape at the same time.
How the body gets energy
1. Your food and drinks
Eating is not only tasty, but what you eat and drink is your main source of energy.
The foods that most provide that impulse to complete everything you do are carbohydrates or sugars.
These are stored as glycogen (reserve energy) within your liver and muscles.
The point is that the liver only stores 100 grams of glycogen, which lasts for about an hour of activity. And muscle can only hold about a pound.
Therefore, they are not a lasting source of energy.
2. Stored body fat
When your body notices that glycogen is depleted, it takes stored fat from your body and turns it into energy. Isn't it amazing?
Yeah! That fat that ruins your waist, legs and hips, waits in your cells waiting for the moment when you need energy to burn it.
And that's how you not only feel super energetic, but you shed a few pounds!
This process is what you know as metabolism. In simple words, it is the chemical and biological changes that take place in your body to convert food into energy.
How is body fat burned for energy?
Fat is stored in your body in the form of triglycerides which are made up of a glycerol molecule linked to 3 fatty acids.
In order for fat to move through the blood, the triglyceride is broken down.
The body breaks down fats so that you can absorb them .
It is transported:
- Fat travels through the bloodstream, looking for a cell to transform into energy.
It oxidizes, or as the popular saying “burns fat”:
Through carnitine, fat enters the mitochondria of the cell, which is a kind of factory where energy is created.
ATP is produced there , the only molecule that the body can use as energy.
ATP carries its potential energy for everything you do and for your body to function.
Finally, fatty acids become smaller, reducing adipose tissue.
9 ways to boost your energy while burning fat
Frequent exercise: So that you don't have a lack of energy when you exercise, your cells consume energy to produce movement. And that energy you will get while burning body fat.
Increase your muscle mass: Muscle burns a lot of calories, even when you're resting. Get more muscle mass with strength training like lifting weights.
Drinking water speeds up metabolism : in a study published by the National Library of Medicine , it was found that drinking water speeds up metabolism by 30%. Click to learn how to drink enough water .
Reduces stress: stress affects your hormonal balance and you secrete more cortisol than normal. This causes you a continuous state of alarm that causes you to accumulate fat "to protect yourself."
Do not eat after 8 pm : while your body rests, you spend little energy and it will be difficult for you to burn fat.
Eat more protein – It takes your body longer to digest protein than other nutrients. And during that slow digestion process, you need energy.
Take advantage of omega 3 fatty acids: they are healthy fats that benefit the acceleration of metabolism. Fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and herring are a good source.
Consume a touch of spice : Seasonings such as curry, peppers, chili and pepper contain capsaicin, a natural fat burner that causes greater energy expenditure.
Coffee as a source of energy: Caffeine has many effects on metabolism. And it is that it stimulates the central nervous system, with which you feel more awake and gives you a boost of energy.