Just imagine for a moment that the energy the body uses to function, equals the money you spend on a daily basis.
When we eat food, it gets broken down into glucose and glucose provides the body with an immediate source of energy.
Treat glucose like the money that’s readily available in your pocket. It’s there on hand to fulfil an immediate exchange for something in return.
Glucose is the exchange currency for energy in the human body, much like money is the exchange currency for goods and services.
When glucose enters the bloodstream, it is transported and converted in a reservoir of energy known as glycogen.
This energy reservoir is located in the cells of your muscles and the cells of your liver.
Glycogen sites are a bit like your wallet, a depository where money (stored energy in this case) is put aside for later use, yet accessible whenever you need it.
Similar to your wallet though, these sites have a limited storage capacity.
Whatever we can’t store in our wallet, we take to the bank right?
Yes, well in like manner, whatever the body cannot store away as glycogen, is taken away to a larger storage facility – fat cells, where it gets converted and stored as fat.
Fat cells are the body’s excess energy banks. They are a repository with an infinite storage capacity. This is why people can reach astronomical levels of fat gain.
The body is innately designed to store excess energy as fat and will not hesitate to do so, forever. Human beings are a biological, fat-storing organism – unfortunately.
Now just imagine that a famine is a bit like a recession.
If stored fat represented hoarded money, those who carry lots of fat would be the wealthiest in energy, during times of famine. Think of it as the concept of the rich getting richer during an economic crisis.
An individual’s fat reserves has the potential to provide them with endless energy, without the immediate need for food. They have enough money in their banks so to speak, to last them many months on end throughout a recession.
Case in point Angus Barbieri, the then 27-year old Scotsman who went without food for a total of 382 days straight! This extreme feat resulted in him losing more than 120 kgs in weight, from his starting frame of 207 kgs.
This is the power of intermittent fasting. It’s a means of creating your own fat recession. By cycling between periods of fasting and feasting, it tricks the body into believing that food is in short supply.
This sporadic famine forces the body to tap into its stored fat reserves for energy.
It literally thinks:
“Looks like there’s a rainy day coming on. Not to worry, we have plenty of fat reserves stocked away to fund this famine.”
When we eat food incessantly however, that rainy day never comes around. It puts the body into constant depositing mode, storing away excess food as energy for later use.
The body becomes spoilt for choice as to which energy source to draw from and here’s the thing – it will preferentially draw energy from food calories first, long before tapping into stored fat for energy.
In other words, it spends the money it has in its pocket and wallet first, prior to taking a visit to the bank.
Wouldn’t you if you needed the money?
Wanting to burn fat for energy, is another way of saying – wanting to withdraw more saved money from the bank.
Yet, why would the body want to use fat for energy, if there is readily available energy elsewhere?
Abstinence from food is what puts the body into fat withdrawing mode. Two thirds of the day not eating, is two thirds of the day getting leaner. Intermittent fasting gives the body no other option but to burn up more of its fat reserves as energy.
Now you’re a fat burner.