Can tomatoes burn fat? Can teas burn fat? Can pineapple burn fat? Can ANY food actually burn fat?
Endless websites claim they have discovered the wonder food that will solve all of your weight loss woes. You get to eat, AND lose weight? It sounds too good to be true.
That is because it is too good to be true.
If you are on a health and weight loss journey, it is important to bust myths and get the facts about what can help you lose weight. The truth is, it is not as easy as it sounds to get real, research-based information. There are so many misleading reports out there about weight loss foods and diets; it is normal to feel frustration when the advertised results just don’t seem to work for you.
The only solution is learning about how the weight-gain and weight-loss process works, which is why we have put together this handy guide for you.
First, a little bit about digestion
When we eat food, it gets broken down by enzymes and acids from the mouth to the intestines. The majority of the absorption from the takes place in the small intestine, where out body takes in external nutrients into the body via the blood stream. While all nutrients have different pathways (called “metabolic pathways”) in the body, in terms of energy, food compounds are absorbed and broken down into glucose, a form of sugar that is the primary source of energy for our body. Glucose can then be transported into cells for their use and function.
So, how do we gain weight?
In a simple sense, weight gain and weight loss iare about energy balance. All food is fuel; it provides calories (energy) that our bodies use to function. Fuel takes three basic forms: carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Our bodies can use all three of these forms as fuel in different circumstances.
The first form of energy our bodies process are carbohydrates. When carbohydrates are low, our bodies begin to use fat, which results in fat loss. In the last-case scenario, our body uses protein, which often results in muscle loss.
While there is more and more research about how different food molecules are metabolized in different ways, for the most part, weight maintenance is about the balance between energy consumed and energy used.
When you consume more calories than what your body needs, your body first stores it as glycogen in the liver and muscles. If those stores are filled up, your body then starts storing the energy as fat, which leads to weight gain.
When your body needs more energy than it has consumed (whether through exercise or eating fewer calories), it starts removing energy from where it's stored – first glycogen, then fat. This leads to weight loss.
The bottom line
Foods are consumed to give us the building blocks and energy we need to grow, develop, prevent illness, and stay healthy. All foods give elements to our body: be it energy, hydration, or substances to build up tissue and support important chemical processes.
While foods can directly affect our health in a plethora of ways, understanding how we digest and absorb food helps us understand that foods cannot burn fat. Fat can be burned as a result of the amount and form of energy we need to stay alive and keep up with our daily activities.
As a final note, foods are still an important part of weight loss…
How can this work for you?
1. Find out how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. This is based on your age, weight, sex and activity rate. While there are some websites where you can get a general idea of how many calories you need in a day, it is recommended that go to a licensed nutritionist or registered dietician for this, as they can also set you up with a meal plan to help you meet your target weight.
2. Increase the amount of calories you need in a day. If you don’t modify the amount of food you eat, but increase the amount of exercise you do, you will generally increase the amount of energy you need and eventually burn fat.
3. Make wise choices. Choosing foods that are low in calories but nutrient dense will keep you feeling full, feeling healthy, and help you lose weight.
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