How to Get Maximum Fat Burning with Exercise

Dave_BettyeJo_logoLooking for a fat burn boost? You’re not alone. Virtually every client I’ve seen over the last decade wants to know how to burn more fat. Whether you lift weights, prefer yoga, love cardio, or would rather stroll in the woods for exercise, here’s something you must know about burning fat.

Research suggests that if you exercise while your blood sugar and carbohydrate stores are low, your body will tap its fat stores for energy.  This means your body burns more fat when it has less carbs for fuel.

However, what the research doesn’t tell you is that if you exercise with a low blood sugar level, your ability to exercise will be compromised. Additionally, you may feel horrible and can get dizzy if your blood sugar drops too low.  

So to get the maximum fat burn during exercise, you have to have a relatively lower blood sugar level.  Unfortunately this makes exercise more difficult.  And not only is exercise more difficult when you have a low blood sugar level, but you won’t feel too good.  

This begs the question…

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What then, is the best way to burn fat and still get enough carbs for energy so that you feel good?

The key is to manage your insulin level (fat storage hormone) with foods that keep your blood sugar levels relatively stable and low.

The way to manage your insulin levels for experiencing a fat burning state during exercise is to consume lower glycemic foods like apples, peanuts, peaches, and avocados, instead of high glycemic foods such as bagels and pretzels. High glycemic foods spike your blood sugar. Blood sugar spikes elicit a rise in insulin, which tells the body to store fat, rather than burn it for fuel.

Low glycemic index foods, however, keep the blood sugar down to support a more optimal state for fat burning.  As discussed more extensively in Competition Nutrition Now, low glycemic foods are the key to getting sufficient carbs to maintain energy for effective workouts.  And, low glycemic foods help you burn fat and feel good during any type of exercise.

Discover the Carbs That Will Help Give You the Energy You Need with a Fat Burning Boost! 

 

 

 

 

About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is a true health expert. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 18,000 hours of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 20 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his beloved) began writing evidence-based Wellness Newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various small businesses throughout Connecticut.

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