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Cheresa and Charlie loving the new CrossFit Mom's class.

How do I increase my fat metabolism?

Perhaps the most dangerous and toxic substance that we put in our bodies on a routine basis is sugar and high glycemic carbohydrates (which convert rapidly to sugar when they are digested).

The average American eats about 21 teaspoons of sugar a day or over 3X the amount recommended by the new heart disease guidelines not including high glycemic carbohydrates.  It is easy to reach 21 teaspoons of sugar.  A 12 oz can of regular soda contains 8 to 10 teaspoons of sugar. Virtually all processed foods contain significant amount of sugars. Also most whey protein products contain significant sugar and high glycemic carbohydrates. These additives are empty calories, spike insulin and add no real nutrient value.  

The rapid absorption of sugar causes a massive release of insulin.  Insulin causes fat metabolism to cease and fat storage to commence.  Insulin increases cholesterol synthesis in the liver and raises cholesterol levels, particularly bad cholesterol (LDL Cholesterol).  Insulin increases inflammation. The constant presence of insulin in our blood leads to insulin insensitivity and this leads to high blood levels of sugar and a state of diabetes, vascular, kidney disease, heart diseases and neurodegenerative diseases.  All of these bad events from ingesting too much sugar! If you control sugar intake, you will without question improve your health.

Sugar also induces inflammation via a process called glycation or sometimes referred to as non enzymatic glycosylation.  This process is the chemical linking of a sugar molecule to a protein molecule, and this union induces inflammation.  This process is also called AGE (Advanced Glycation Endproduct). These sugar-protein products contribute to a variety of diseases such as diabetes (hemoglobin glycation results in increased levels of glucose binding to hemoglobin (Hb A1c levels correlate with diabetes), cancer, and even retinal dysfunction.  Collagen cross linking is the result of high blood levels of glucose.  Collagen leads to loss to tissue elasticity and aging.  Wrinkles and dark spots under the eye are outward examples of collagen cross linking.  In this case cross linking pulls the collagen together in lines resulting in wrinkles.

From a nutrition point of viewpoint, avoid high glycemic products such as all sugars, and simple carbohydrates including most grains which also affect insulin levels.  By maintaining low sugar levels one induces fat metabolism as a source of fuel.  The body will switch to fat metabolism in the absence of sugar.  However, the re-introduction of sugar will instantly result in the shutting down of fat metabolism.

-Reposted from Stronger Faster Healthier

TONIGHT – Verve is hosting a nutrition lecture and discussion.  Come one, Come all at 7:35pm! Free to the public.


  1. Ali :

    Awww! Charlie is so flippin cute!

  2. He’s getting so big!

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  4. Joylyn :

    Love this pair so much!

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