I have quite a few things to share regarding exercise and following a low fat, low carb eating plan. All of these words are meant to teach and train, and probably different than you have ever heard before.
What I am about to say will not make sense to you unless you understand the CHEMISTRY of your body! If you do know the chemistry, maybe you have not heard it this way before. So, here is my attempt at helping you really GET what you are doing, which, believe it or not, is NOT a diet! It is a chemical change to your system; biochemical, neurochemical, psychological, and physiological.
I know this is hard to comprehend: losing weight is not about the scale weight; it’s about the fat loss, while maintaining the muscle mass, remembering that muscle weighs more than fat. So, what we really want to use as a gage for our success is NOT THE SCALE, but your belly fat, your blood pressure, your cholesterol, and your percentage of body fat.
When you follow a low fat, low carb, adequate protein eating plan, the weight is coming off 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, especially if you are doing all you are suppose to do. However, that effort is not always quantifiable by the scale, it may be from the inside out. Please, try to get your old way of thinking out of your mind; this is NOT information you have heard before. This is more about changing your body`s CHEMISTRY! It’s about inches, and it’s about fat loss. Learn to trust your body. It is really happy when you do what your protocol says to do!
Now, that all being said here is the chemistry behind following a low fat, low carb protocol that you really need to get. It is not normal for humans to lose fat, so when the body sees itself in a state of “panic” it will NOT let go of the fat because it goes into survival mode, and hormones influence weight gain.
The pancreas is the main organ responsible for converting sugars into fat and storing fat in the body (fats and sugars converted into fat). The pancreas, which is an endocrine gland, produces the hormone insulin when stimulated by simple or complex carbs. So, you must eat carbs in order to produce insulin. Insulin has two roles:
1) To lower blood sugar
2) To store fat in the body (insulin is the hormone that stimulates lipogenisis
(the production of fat).
Unfortunately, the pancreas can go into overdrive, which then causes the production of too much insulin for the amount of sugar consumed (even whole grains, low glycemic fruits, and some starchy veggies). Since the pancreas is the culprit for fat storage, if this is the case, the body will start to accumulate fat in the body. If you give the pancreas a break, or a ‘rest’ by eliminating good and bad carbohydrates, temporarily, and force it to not produce much insulin at all, you can reset this endocrine gland! The pancreas is easy to upset, but can also be rebooted, much like a computer.
Now, that being said, to lose weight you must not only eliminate the foods that make you gain weight, but, also those that keep you from losing weight that you have already stored: this is a fundamental concept.
Now, I am getting the exercise part: once you get your body to physiologically convert your body’s fat into fuel, by not giving it all of the carbs and fats it’s use to, your body will go into ketosis and it will use your fat as energy! And the fat will melt away. On your eating program, the body uses the fat reserves for energy. If you ADD exercise, (gentle walking and movement is fine), the body will go after the muscles BEFORE the deep fat because you are not taking in enough carbohydrates to handle that kind of output! So, it is recommended that people DO NOT exercise while trying to get the body to burn the visceral fat. Not forever, but while in fat burn mode. The body cannot be anabolic (fat burn) and catabolic (muscle burn) simultaneously.
I hope this makes more sense to you, and that you get your fat off, then incorporate a healthy eating and exercise program for LIFE!