Would you like to burn fat for energy?
I’m sure you would.
The ‘metabolic switch’ refers to the process of the body switching from burning carbohydrates as its primary energy source to fat – what a sweet deal!
Becoming a ‘fat-burner’ involves controlling carbohydrate consumption so that your body adapts itself to using fat for fuel.
The end result of this is a beautiful thing called lipolysis i.e. the breakdown of fat for the body’s energy needs.
The opposite is true for high-carb diets where unused glucose is converted and stored as fat in the body, this is called lipogenesis – down with lipogenesis!
As wonderful as the end result is, the journey can be a little tough for some people. Unfortunately these people sometimes conclude that the metabolic switch is how they will always feel on a low-carb diet.
This is simply the transition period, nothing else.
A lifetime of eating a carb-laden diet will require an adaptation period of anywhere from 2 – 14 days when switching to a fat-metabolism.
Here’s why it happens.
A fat metabolism requires different enzymes to function than a carbohydrate one. Synthesizing the correct enzymes in sufficient quantities to become a fat-burner takes a little time.
Some people won’t even notice it, others will feel tired and foggy until the process has completed. You’ll know you’re a certified fat-burner when energy levels return to normal or even surpass what they were before.
If you notice the above symptoms, hang in there. The Promised Land is not far away!
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