Why Your Body Stores Fat – And What You Can Do About It
If you’re trying to lose weight, again, you know how difficult it can be. Dieting is hard and even more so for women. Maybe if you understand fat and why we have it, you’ll also understand why it’s so hard to get rid of it.
Our bodies store fat as a means of survival, dating back to a time when our ancestors were hunters and gatherers. They did not know where their next meal was coming from, so our bodies learned to store fat as emergency fuel to survive until the next meal.
Today, your next meal is as close as the drive up window or telephone, we are surrounded by an abundant supply of cheap, fast food but our bodies continue to store fat for the famine that never comes. Then you decide to lose weight and stored fat by dieting, but your body interprets this sudden calorie restriction as “famine” and will do everything it can to maintain your emergency fat supply. When you diet, your body will “fight” you to keep that stored fat necessary for your future survival.
Avoid Starvation. To avoid this fat fight with your body, avoid starving it. Don’t skip meals or severely restrict calories as this will cause the “famine” fat storage cycle to kick in. Eat smaller, healthier meals more frequently, and restrict unhealthy, calorie dense foods, not calories.
Start by replacing the highly processed fast foods with healthy, more natural food choices. You’ll minimize your intake of fats, added sugars and toxins like artificial flavors and colors. Eating healthier foods will also reduce your intake of genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones from your diet. While eating more natural foods, choose organic alternatives when possible.
Eat smaller meals in smaller portions. Serve smaller portions of these new healthy foods on smaller plates and in smaller bowls. Portion control can greatly reduce the number of calories you eat at each meal and throughout your day. Don’t skip meals or go longer than 3 – 4 hours between meals or healthy snacks as your body will release hormones that promote fat storage as it slows your metabolism and holds on to stored fat.
Drink more water. Drink a glass of water about 30 minutes before each meal and you’ll eat fewer calories. The more water you drink throughout the day, the fewer calories you’ll eat daily and you’ll feel full longer. Water will also help you flush and eliminate toxins and burned fat from your system. Replace any sugary drinks like frappuccinos, bottled juices and colas with water – the easiest and most effective step you can take to lose weight safely and permanently.