Our body pretty much works as a machine. We need to consume food and beverage, convert
it into “body fuel” and use it for our day to day activities. Technically, our body
burns a combination of glucose, fat, and carbohydrates. The amount of these important
body fuel components that we have depends on what we eat and what physical activities
do we frequently engage in. In general, people will only burn their stored fats and
carbohydrates if the body fuel is not enough.
Even if you are not exercising, your stored fat can be burned if you consume less
than the amount that you need to burn for your daily activities. This happens when
you starve yourself or when you engage in some diet plans.
Genetics and body fuel
It should be noted that your body’s natural “energy burning” capability largely depends
on your genetics make up. Technically, some people are genetically predisposed to
have a plump body while others will have very slender ones. That is why people should
largely analyze their family history before setting an ideal body figure.
Body fuel burning largely depends on one’s genes. Your genes will usually determine
the initial rate of your “energy deficit” or that amount of body fuel that your body
stores regularly. Your genes will also play an important role in determining your
metabolic rate. If you have increased metabolic levels, then your body will be able
to burn fat and cholesterol at a much faster rate. Thus, higher metabolic levels
often equate to slimmer bodies.
The basic body fuel components: Glucose, fat and protein
The fastest – but definitely the worst way to lose weight is to starve one’s self.
When a person starves, the body automatically begins to break down its own cells
and tissues in order to make body fuel. The first body component that is burned is
the stored carbohydrate, which is usually referred to as “glycogen”. After the glycogen
is consumed, the body then eats up the fats that are stored around our internal organs.
Eventually, fat stored in as our “flesh” is also consumed. Muscle protein is also
broken down so glucose can be created.
Basically, the main components of our body fuel are glucose, fat, and protein.
Fat comes from the cholesterol components that we consume. On the other hand, glucose
comes from the starchy foods that we eat such as rice, bread, potatoes, and other
foods that are rich in carbohydrates. As for protein components, these come from
beans, meat, and some dairy products. Note that the primary body fuel ingredients
are fat and glucose. Proteins are just converted into glucose just in case your body
runs out of stored glycogen. You also have to note that the amount of the fat and
glucose that will be burned will largely depend on the intensity and duration of
your physical activities.
Some notable fat burning facts that you should know
1) You will burn more of your body fuel if you do something at longer duration of
time. For example, you can burn more of your body fuel if you walk for thirty minutes
as compared to walking for just ten minutes.
2) At the same duration, you will burn more body fuel if you do something at increased
intensities. For example, you will burn more by running for thirty minutes as compared
to just brisk walking for the same time duration.
3) So, the secret in burning more body fuel is by doing something at higher speeds
and intensities over a long period of time. However, you should note that the amount
of energy that you burn will largely depend on your body’s metabolic processes and
your overall physical endurance.