Have you hear all the hoopla about fat burning diets? If you have, then you may even be thinking of trying them. Many people have had success with these diets. Are you wondering exactly how they work? Well read on and we will explain how these diets work.
These fat burning diets work because they are based on manipulating your carbohydrate intake. This in turn controls your glycogen stores in the body and they work for you instead of against you. Glycogen is the glucose that you get from carbohydrates.
Only a portion of the glucose you eat is burned for energy in the body at one time. The rest is stored away for later use for fuel. The two main storage places for this glycogen are your liver and muscles. While your muscles release the glycogen during exercising or other physical activity, the liver slowly releases it.
When the glycogen stores get used by the body we typically fill them back up. When the glycogen stores are there though, the body does not burn as much fat as when they have been used. Therefore by controlling how you eat carbohydrates helps to manipulate these glycogen stores, so that your body burns more calories. This helps you lose fat faster.
You accomplish this by alternating the days you eat a low-carb diet with days that you then eat a high-carb diet. This way you let the body deplete its supplies of glycogen, which sets your body into burning fat for energy.
There are different versions of these fat burning diets. One has you eat a low-carb diet every other day with one day free for eating anything you want. The other version has you eat the low-carb diet for three days straight and then eat the high-carb diet 3 days in a row, still having one day as a free day.
Now low-carb and high-carb does not mean ONLY carbs are eaten. You still need to eat your protein and other food groups for nutrition. Also you should not go on low-carb only for too long, because then the body gets too low on glycogen, which can cause the metabolism to slow down.
Also pay attention to how much water you drink, at least 90 ounces daily in between meals on low-carb days, and 110 ounces on high-carb meal days. So drink up! This is vital to the success of the fat burning diets.
Along with eating healthy foods to make your diet successful, make sure to exercise too. Thirty to forty-five minutes a day of walking and some weight training is enough to help boost your metabolism along with the food.
Remember that eating the correct foods is important for this diet plan (as with any of them) to be totally rewarding. Also consuming these right kinds of foods will help bring your metabolism rate up, which helps your body burn the fat in your body more naturally and rapidly.