Do you experience any of the following symptoms in one given day:
If so, you may be experiencing the effects of being a sugar burner. Metabolically, if you have adapted to using sugar as your primary fuel source then you must continue to replenish those blood sugar levels or you’ll experience an interruption in energy. I like the way this article describes this process and the analogy they give; see below.
“If we are to look at the macronutrients in our diet (carbohydrates, protein and fat) strictly from the standpoint of the energy they provide our “metabolic fire”, then carbohydrates in this context can be viewed as a form of metabolic “kindling”. Brown rice, beans and whole grains could effectively be viewed as “twigs” on our metabolic fire. White rice, cereal, potatoes, pasta and bread would be “paper” on the fire and substances like alcoholic beverages would readily constitute “gasoline” on that metabolic fire. If all you had to feed that fire was kindling (twigs, paper and gasoline) you could certainly do it. The problem is that you would be able to think of or do little else but stay perched in front of that stove, loading it up with handfuls of twigs and wadded up paper all day long just to keep it going. The flames would flare and die down relatively quickly and you’d need to add more fuel with fairly constant regularity.”
It’s taken me about a year of constant, gradual work but I have finally turned myself into a fat burner and away from being a sugar burner. I used to get so hangry (angry + hungry) if I didn’t eat every 2 hours and my husband nicknamed me the hulk because he said I literally would turn green! haha Well, I’m happy to report that IT IS POSSIBLE to make eating a choice rather than a constant necessity.
Now, instead of the symptoms previously listed my new symptoms are:
less of a need for caffeine
minimal sugar cravings
I can now go 5+ hours without eating and not think about food once during that time! It’s truly amazing!!! I can’t say enough positive things about fat and how critical it is in our diets.
Not everyone’s bodies are programmed the same way so what works for me may or may not work for you. So I can’t stress enough the importance of listening to your body and what it is telling you!! After you eat something pay attention to how it makes you feel and figure out if it does or doesn’t agree with you. Check for bloating, cramps, fatigue, brain fog, etc.
Note: as mentioned before, I do not eat a strict Paleo diet and I am not advertising a Paleo lifestyle to be necessary to obtain these results. I have found that many of the Paleo diet principles simply work for me so I have incorporated them into my lifestyle. You may or may not have the same result and could find something else that works better for you. Just do you and find what works best for your own body.
The most common sources of fat in my diet are: avocados, nuts, seeds, butter, full fat coconut milk, olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, and dark chocolate.
Interested in learning more? Check out this podcast with Tony Federico as he talks about his journey, exercise addiction, food sensitivities, and much more!
(photo by: primalblueprint.com)
Last but not least, check out more from Mark Sisson on how eating fat doesn’t actually make you fat. Yes, you can overeat and accumulate adipose tissue, aka fat. However, fat is very satiating and if paired with a low carb diet then it’s difficult to overeat.