Fatigue Linked to Weight Gain

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Every day, you hear about people struggling with arthritis, depression, insomnia, allergies and indigestion. But the biggest problems that afflict more people are fatigue and weight gain. Those two ailments by far outdistance any other problem.

Unfortunately, many doctors and health care practitioners haven’t realized that these two problems go hand in hand for one simple reason: A person’s metabolism is burning the wrong fuel—or more specifically, they are burning the wrong calories.

To produce energy—energy to walk, run, dance or simply to keep your heart beating—requires your body to break down calories from either carbohydrates, proteins or fats. Those are the three fuel sources or options your body can turn to in order to produce energy. There are no other options; it’s one of those three fuels.

The key to successfully taking the weight off, to keeping your energy up and cravings and moods swings down, is to make sure your body is burning calories from stored body fats. Those who constantly struggle with their weight and energy level as well as cravings, mood swings and irritability are usually burning carbs and proteins throughout the day.

The energy we produce comes as a result of the calories we burn from the foods we eat as well as the calories we have stored on our body. Our food is loaded with carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Our body has the ability to store carbohydrates, proteins (lean muscle) and fats.

The important thing to understand is that you don’t have a huge reservoir of carbohydrates to pull from. You can quickly burn through all the carbs in your body, which leads to cravings, low blood sugar, mood swings, irritability and more because your metabolism is burning the wrong fuel.

Burning calories from the breakdown of lean muscle (protein) can be done, but it is not the best option. You will see people lose weight very rapidly, but the weight they lose is really the lean muscle they lost. This happens a lot with fad diets and rapid-weight-loss programs that make all kinds of claims.

Burning or Storing Fats?
The problem with fats is not that you can store up a huge reservoir of fats around your tummy, rear and hips. The problem for many people is that their metabolism is so out of balance and not functioning properly that it can’t burn stored body fats. This is why so many people are dieting and exercising and cutting calories and still not losing those unwanted pounds. Their body is burning the wrong calories. They are burning calories from the breakdown of carbohydrates and protein—not stored body fats.

The reason why fatigue and weight gain go hand in hand is easy to understand. When you burn 1 gram of fat, you produce two-and-a-half times more energy than you do when you burn a gram of protein or carbohydrates. Think about it—you get more than twice as much energy when you burn calories from fats than you do when you burn carbs and proteins. Not only that, but you also tap into that reservoir of stored body fat, which helps keep your weight down.

Unfortunately, many people who struggle with these two issues as well as cravings, mood swings and irritability are always burning the wrong fuel. Those who are successful at keeping the weight off and energy up are constantly burning calories from stored body fats.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Len Lopez

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