Whether a gym obsessive or you’re just a casual observer of this diet obsessed society, you’ve probably heard about what our bodies need to exercise and the best food to get that into your body. However, many people probably don’t see fat as being something that you want to make sure that you’re getting the most from your workout and yet you’d be wrong. Fat is essentially the component our body needs to make sure that you’re getting the best amount of energy possible, so if anything it’s the most important thing for exercise!
Let’s start with looking into how you can trick your body into thinking that it needs to start burning fat over other forms of energy. The best way to start is to cut out the carbs. As many of you will know, carbohydrates are your bodies preferred form of energy, meaning these are what your body will go to for sustainable energy throughout a normal day and quick energy when you need it for exercise. Once you start cutting these out, your body will realise it has to start going to other places for energy when you push it to the limit.
Without anywhere else to turn, your body will start to attack the fat when you’re exercising. While it isn’t literally attacking it, the exercising body will go for fat when it’s running low on carbohydrates to spend for energy. This is why many people lose weight when they cut out carbs, but start to pile them back on once they bring them back into their diet. This is why it’s best for you to just lower the amount of carbs that are in your diet rather than cut them completely. However, if you’re exercising, it shouldn’t make much of a difference as long as you don’t completely neglect your body by placing it on a truly extreme diet that provides you with either too much or too little of anything.
One of the problems with this form of diet is the worry that instead of fat, your body will start to go for your muscle when you’re working on the cardio. Heavy cardio can really affect your body, especially when done on a consistent basis throughout the weeks, so you need to make sure that you’re bringing in a good amount of fat, in healthy ways. If you don’t and you’re also cutting out the carbs, then your body will start to attack the muscle you’ve probably worked very hard to protect.
This might come as a surprise to a lot of people, the idea of the body going for something that we as a species work very hard to cultivate, but when it’s looking for energy then your body isn’t that picky to be honest. If you want to keep your exercise regime within a level that stops your body from eating up that hard earned muscle, then not only should you be constantly working on both muscle and cardio, but you need to be filling your diet with healthy foods filled with fats. A simple Google search will help you find many meals that can offer you a high level of fat that won’t lead to you piling on the pounds. Hard to believe that there’s actually a healthy form of fat in this world, am I right?
Hopefully you can now see exactly how important fat is when it comes to making sure that you don’t burn yourself out while you’re exercising as fat is the only thing you want to be burning. Maybe now you can balance your diet better so that you’re getting the most out of your exercise routine and build up your fat in a healthy way. Make sure that you don’t overdo it, but don’t leave it out of your diet entirely either.