June 21 2017
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We all have different relationships with food. However, one thing is often a common thread in all of our minds, and that is the desire to use any consumed fat for energy rather than have it stored in our body.
If it is harder for you to burn off fat, you may be one of 35% of Americans suffering from a condition you may never have even heard of: Metabolic Syndrome.
Gale Bernhardt, co-author of Fat-Burning Machine, explains that the syndrome—also known as MetS—is a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other health problems. Your doctor can look for five key risk factors including a large waistline, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure and high fasting glucose levels.
“This condition causes the body store the food people eat as fat rather than burn it for energy,” she continues. “Carbohydrates and simple sugars are the biggest problems and even highly active people are not excluded from this condition. If you have MetS, you are insulin resistant.”
Bernhardt shares that insulin shuttles glucose into cells to be used as energy and when you have insulin resistance, you can’t get sugar into the muscles as efficiently as something without MetS. Even further, MetS can be a big problem for runners and other active women who consume high amounts of carbohydrates and sugars in the name of training.
Fat-Burning Machine addresses one health myth in particular—that everyone has control over their weight—when looking further at MetS.
“For people with insulin resistance, hearing all you need is willpower, low calories, low fat and exercise is a recipe for disaster,” she asserts. “People need to be more strategic about when to consume carbohydrates and what kind and they need to eat more good fat, which is a scary thought for many. Using specific interval workouts in combination with other exercise and nutrition strategies improves the body’s ability to burn fat.”
When it comes to burning fat, Bernhardt xx that there is a good place to start. First, she suggests identifying what foods in your diet are causing you to either burn or store fat (which you can do with the help of Fat-Burning Machine).
“I would then get over the idea that any food and drink product that’s marketed to people who exercise is important to use in all exercise situations,” she adds. “If you find yourself ravenously hungry after your workout—and you’ve been trying hard to keep up with someone else during your workout – you might think about doing more short intervals with generous recovery and not pushing yourself so hard all the time.”