My Weight Loss Program: The Science Behind It

Some of you have been asking what my program consists of and why it seems to work so well for me over other diets/programs out there.

Well, I already spoke about what specifically I am eating and the supplements I am taking here.
I wanted to also throw out quickly the science behind the program I am on, and why the science of my program makes it so successful.
(This is not to say that other programs are not successful, but the science behind this particular one seems to work best for me.)

First off, every time I go to weigh in at Metabolic, my Ketone Bodies are checked.
As soon as I go in, I pee on a little stick that measure the amounts of stored fat my bodies is metabolizing and, therefore, secreting through my urine. Sounds kind of gross when you say it like that, but basically if I am burning off my stored fat then trace amounts of it will show up in my urine.
The ideal results are that Trace – Small amounts of Ketone Bodies are present in my urine. If there are no Ketone Bodies present, then I am not doing my diet program properly. If the amounts  of Ketone Bodies are too high, then I won’t continue to burn my stored fat because my body will detect the high amounts of stored fat being burned and initiate a protective mechanism that holds onto my stored fat to protect me from dying in a famine or some kind of weird Apocalypse scenario. This is bad because my body will begin to shut down the metabolism of stored fat in an attempt to save my life from starvation and, therefore, my weight loss will completely stop. This often happens when girl’s attempt to get skinny by starving themselves. They will eventually continue to lose the weight, but only through a constant state of starvation during this “shut down mode” which causes severe damage to their bodies.

I love that Metabolic is constantly monitoring my Ketone Bodies because they are checking to make sure I am not only eating the right foods, but also that I am eating ENOUGH in order to maintain a consistent burning metabolism. It is also very encouraging to see that my results are always within the optimal range! 🙂

Another thing is the consumption of essential fats.
Good fats are the kind found in healthy foods that are crucial for your brain, body, and overall health.
I have been taking them in the form of Fish Oil supplements, but they can also be found in foods.  

These are also essential for weight loss and here is why…

The stored fat on your body is a sticky, gooey, yucky substance that stubbornly attached itself to the bones, muscles, and ligaments around it.
Even with copious amounts of exercise, your body’s stored fat will stubbornly hold on as long as it can making it difficult to lose the stored fat on your body – especially in certain areas.

Essential fats come to these areas of the body with stored fat and literally slick them up. Like any good dose of WD40 on a rusty hinge or like oil in your car, essential fats lubricate the sticky gooey stored fat on your body. This allows the stored fat to break up more easily and detach itself from the bones, muscle, and ligaments around it. It always makes me think of Dawn dish soap going into a sticky pan that was used to cook something like lasagna. Washing it with just water is difficult and takes forever, but as soon as you add Dawn dish soap the cheeses and greasy sauces break apart and wash away easily!

SO, if you are wanting to lose weight AND inches faster, take a daily fish oil or flax-seed oil supplement.

Even if you don’t need to lose weight, these essential fats are sooooo good for you and provide a wide array of health benefits!

WATER WATER WATER.

Drinks lots of water!
How else would I be flushing away all that stored fat I am now metabolizing?
How else would my body stay hydrated and energized with this new active constantly running metabolism?

Metabolic says a TYPICAL person should get 640z of water daily.
For every 25 lbs you’re overweight, add another 8 oz to that!
For every 30 minutes you exercise add another 8 oz!
Don’t over-water yourself because that can be bad too, but most people don’t even come close to getting enough water, so over watering isn’t  a concern for many people. 🙂

The most important thing that makes a huge difference in my weight loss is the way my meals are structured. The point of this Metabolic plan is to reprogram my metabolism to be more efficient. The typical American diet does the exact opposite, so it is a huge lifestyle change in the way I eat.

This is how it works:

Whenever you eat proteins your body is unable to break them down for digestion without an aid. Usually this aid is a carb. These helpful carbs can come from grain, veggies, fruits, etc.
Carbs are sugar, but complex carbs from whole grains tend to burn stronger and slower for longer burning energy and metabolism.

If you eat exactly the same amount of carbs and proteins, your body will use the carbs to help break down and digest the proteins. A few hours later you’ll probably be hungry again. It is also very unlikely that you will eat the exact amount of carbs and proteins to the gram, especially since carbs and proteins burn calories at different rates per gram.

The typical American diet eats twice as many carbs as proteins, and usually these carbs are the bad, quick burning, short-lived, sugary kind.
When you eat this way your body will still use the amount of carbs it needs to break down and digest the protein you just ate, but now you have an excess of carbs left and no more protein to attach them to. Your body takes these extra carbs and unless you’re about to go exercise your body STORES THEM ON YOUR FRAME AS FAT.

Disgusting, right?!

With the Metabolic Program I am on, the idea is to only eat the carbs required by my body for the digestion of proteins, and THEN eat extra proteins.

What does this do?

Well… it is amazing. Your body digest the carbs with equal amounts of proteins. THEN you have extra proteins, but your body cannot digest them properly without an aid. SO guess what your body does? IT PULLS FROM YOUR STORED EXCESS BODY FAT to help digest the extra proteins you ate!!
Amazing!

Here is a picture I drew to try to help you visualize this:

SO basically, a diet high in lean protein with veggies and fruits and a few complex whole grains will begin to digest stored fat for energy leading to weight and inches lost.
A diet high in carbs will do nothing but add-on the pounds, unless you’re an Olympic swimmer or something.

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Hope you enjoyed reading about the science behind my weight loss! 🙂

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5 comments on “My Weight Loss Program: The Science Behind It

  1. Colby says:

    Very, very interesting.
    I’m glad you’re geeking out on it a bit too.
    =)
    -Colby

  2. Tina says:

    Thanks for sharing! That is really interesting! And you did such a good job of explaining it. :o)

    Tina

  3. I love all this great info!! My Dr was very familiar with the metabolic research place and he said while he doesn’t necessarily want me to follow your plan, he wants me to glean off of it all the valuable info and life tools everyone should know and do anyways! Good job wording this! loved reading it all. I am definitely going to be doing the shake thing that Michael is doing, my Doctor liked the ratio of the carbs and protein it had, kind of like what you were explaining here. Without it being too much protein, which he said would hurt your kidneys! so yay for weight loss for us all!! LOL

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