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How the body uses energy

FITNESSINFOGRAPHICS.COM PRESENTS

SCORCH BODY FAT!

SAVE MUSCLE!

WHY LOW-CARB DIETS REALLY WORK! Read on to see what carbohydrates do, how your body uses them and why you should add a low-carb strategy to your fat-burning diet.



THE BODY USES THESE MAIN SOURCES OF FUEL FOR ENERGY



DIETARY (FOOD) BODY (STORED)

DIRECT FUEL RESERVE FUEL

CARBS MUSCLE (PROTEIN)

DIETARY FAT BODY FAT

PROTEIN

[FOOD YOU EAT TODAY IS USED FOR DAILY ENERGY NEEDS OR...]

[...FOOD YOU OVERATE IN THE PAST IS STORED AS MUSCLE OR FAT]



YOUR BODY USES DIETARY (FOOD) FUEL FIRST, AND BODY (STORED) FUEL SECOND

THE BODY USES DIETARY FUEL IN THIS ORDER:

CARBS

DIETARY FAT

PROTEIN



1 FIRST, YOUR BODY WILL USE CARBS FOR FUEL AS IT'S THE EASIEST TO CONVERT INTO ENERGY

2 WHEN CARBS ARE DEPLETED YOUR BODY WILL THEN USE DIETARY FAT FOR FUEL (BUT NOT BODY FAT!)

3 IN THE ABSENSE OF BOTH CARBS AND FATS, YOUR BODY WILL THEN USE PROTEIN FOR A SOURCE OF FUEL



AFTER YOU EAT, YOUR BODY WILL ONLY BURN DIETARY (FOOD) FUEL. IT WILL NOT USE BODY(STORED) FUEL UNTIL ALL FOOD IS DEPLETED!



FED STATE

AFTER YOU EAT YOUR BODY IS BURNING ONLY DIETARY (FOOD) FUEL! EXERCISE IS ONLY CANCELING OUT WHAT YOU ATE!

CARBS

DIETARY FAT

PROTEIN



FASTED STATE

AFTER BURNING ALL DIETARY FUEL YOU WILL NOW BURN BODY (STORED) FUEL! ONLY NOW CAN YOU SCORCH BODY FAT!

MUSCLE (PROTEIN)

BODY FAT



AFTER YOUR BODY IS EMPTY OF DIETARY (FOOD) FUEL, YOU WILL THEN BEGIN TO BURN BODY (STORED) FUEL FOR ENERGY, NAMELY ...



BODY FAT



BUT HOW DO YOU BURN ONLY BODY FAT AND NOT MUSCLE (PROTEIN)?

AND YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO BURN THOSE CALORIE-BURNING MUSCLES!



IF YOUR MUSCLES NEED PROTEIN TO GROW AND HEAL, YOU WILL ONLY BURN BODY FAT!

SO EAT ONLY PROTEIN, PREP YOUR MUSCLES FOR THE PROTEIN (WEIGHT TRAINING), AND MELT THAT BODY FAT!



EAT ONLY PROTEIN

PROTECT YOUR MUSCLES FROM BEING USED AS FUEL!



FED STATE



EAT HIGH PROTEIN SOURCES SOURCES WITH MODERATE FAT AND MINIMAL CARBS. WATCH YOUR CALORIC INTAKE!



WEIGHT TRAINING

GET YOUR BODY HUNGRY FOR PROTEIN!



MUSCLE SAVING TIME!

FED STATE

[IF YOU'RE ON A FAT-LOSS DIET, YOU LIKELY DON'T HAVE THE HIGH CALORIES TO GAIN MUSCLE RIGHT NOW. SORRY!]



30 MINUTES OR LONGER OF WEIGHT TRAINING WILL DEPLETE YOUR MUSCLES ENOUGH TO HOG THE PROTEIN



LOW-INTENSITY CARDIO

BURN ONLY BODY FAT FOR FUEL!



BODY FAT BURNING TIME!

FASTED STATE

PROTEIN-PROTECED MUSCLE!



BRISK WALKING BURNS BODY FAT STEADILY WITHOUT USING PROTEIN (MUSCLES) AS A SOURCE OF FUEL



OH, WALKING'S FOR SISSIES? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GO HIGH-INTENSITY:



HIGH-INTENSITY CARDIO ON AN EMPTY STOMACH



YOUR BODY WILL BURN FAT BUT ALSO MUSCLE! YOUR BODY CANNOT CONVERT BODY FAT FAST ENOUGH TO FULFILL THE URGENT DEMAND FOR FUEL. WITHOUT MUSCLE, YOU'LL BECOME ...

SKINNY FAT!



HIGH-INTENSITY CARDIO ON A FULL STOMACH



YOU'LL ONLY BE BURNING DIETARY FUEL! YOU NEED TO DEPLETE THAT SOURCE BEFORE YOUR BODY WILL BEGIN TO BURN BODY FAT. SO IF YOU'RE NOT AN ATHLETE YOU'RE JUST ...

WASTING TIME!



REMEMBER: YOUR GOAL IS TO BURN FAT. ATHLETES HAVE AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT GOAL AND SO BALANCE HIGH CARBS WITH HIGH-INTENSITY TRAINING TO INCREASE THEIR PERFORMANCE OR BUILD SPECIFIC MUSCLES.

YOU ARE NOT AN ATHLETE! DO NOT FOLLOW THEIR DIETS AND TRAINING METHODS!



IN CONCLUSION: Carbs aren't evil. They're the best source of fuel for quick energy! But when your goal is to burn body fat, ditch the carbs until you reach your goal. If you're eating lots of carbs, your body will use those carbs as fuel first instead of using body fat!



THE EVIL TRUTH: Any low-carb diet that doesn't restrict calories (for fat loss) is lying! If you eat more protein or fats (or anything) than your body burns off, you will still gain fat! Both calorie restriction and a low-carb diet are necessary to be successful at burning fat while saving muscle!

How the body uses energy

shared by fitnessinfographics on Sep 04, 2012 in Health

How the body uses energy

shared by fitnessinfographics on Sep 04, 2012 in Health

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