Hello all! Today we are going to talk about the difference between being a “sugar burner” and a “fat burner”. This also includes a quick self-quiz to determine what category you fall into!
First off, what do these categories even mean? A sugar burner is someone that runs off sugar (or glucose) for fuel. While this might not sound like a bad thing, this means that your body doesn’t go into your fat reserves when it needs energy because it already has a steady supply of carbohydrates. Being a fat burner is the opposite of this; your body shifts from using glucose as its primary fuel to using fat. This will allow you to go hours between meals, feel full and satiated, and your hormones will become balanced for you to lose weight and keep lean.
The holiday season is one that brings about excitement and joy, but it also comes with a heavy dose of stress. Between traveling to new places, getting out of your routine, and extended time with family (which may or may not be stressful) it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Below are a few tips to follow for the holidays so you can make sure that you enjoy this time fully but keep your stress levels at a manageable level.
Over the past few years, the Paleo diet has really gained in popularity. Even though some magazines and articles say that it’s “unrealistic” and “challenging”, most people can’t deny the fact that it makes them feel really, really GOOD (and spoiler alert- it’s really not that hard!). My journey to the Paleo diet started about 5 years ago. I came out of college feeling pretty rough; mostly from drinking too much, eating too little, and (literally) running my body to the ground. I went to a holistic doctor and she ran a bunch of tests. While most of my health markers came back in the normal range, my thyroid was underactive (hypothyroidism), my cortisol levels were tanked showing adrenal fatigue, and my hormones were non-existent. I left her office with a brand new protocol: stop the running, sleep more, and change your entire diet.
I often hear the question come up of “Do you really need to buy all your food organic?” Usually this is while I’m on the phone with my Dad, who sometimes just really wants the amazing looking (non-organic) fruit from Costco. And, while I often say to him “Dad, let’s be real, are peaches supposed to be the size of softballs in January?” the answer to the overall question lies in the gray area, and depends on the type of food you are buying and what your household situation is.
I used to be the queen of calorie counting. On my phone I had MyFitnessPal downloaded and every day I would track every single bite of food I consumed. I considered it “fun” and looking back it was kind of an addiction. I had a misguided goal of about 1300 calories which I would usually strive to be well under, even when I factored in working out (which I compulsively tracked as well).
This was a successful weight loss strategy for a while, but then I started to notice that I wasn’t losing weight anymore and my weight started to creep back up again. Even though I was eating the same amount of calories and working out consistently, I wasn’t losing weight anymore. What happened?