Body fat weighs you down.

Fat to an athlete is like attaching a trailer to a NASCAR, or an anchor to a boat.

Excess fat slows the athlete down.

How do you get rid of it?

If you starve something it dies. If you feed something, it lives and grows.

Body fat, adipose tissue, the yellow, nasty dead weight that slows athletic performance, is fueled by sugar.

Most people would agree the reason for gaining weight and excess body fat is because more calories came in then went out.

While this is true, it is not the whole story. Imagine walking by a room jam packed, full of people.

You poke your head in the door and ask, “Why are there so many people in this room?”

The reply comes back, “Because, more people walked in then walked out.”

Annoyed by the simpleton response, you ask, “But, WHY did all these people walk in, and none are walking out?”

That is the question we should be asking about the accumulation of body fat.

Fat cells are getting full because more free sugars are going in than are coming out.

But, WHY are they going in, and how can we get them out?

The answer is complicated, yet simplistic at the same time.

When there is too much sugar in the bloodstream to be healthy, a hormone is released by the body called insulin. Insulin carries excess sugar in the blood and stuffs it in the fat cell as storage for another day.

This is the “why” there are so many people stuffed in the room.

Now, how do we get them out?

When the blood stream is too low on sugar to be healthy, the body releases a hormone called glucagon.

Glucagon grabs triglycerides in a fat cell, turns it into free fatty acids, and then the liver makes it into glucose (sugar) for the body to use for energy.

When blood sugar is balanced and stable, void of periodic overdoses of sugar, the body can activate glucagon and use stored fat as energy.

When the blood sugar is spiked, you are feeding the fat cells and can expect the fat cells to grow.

Starve the enemy and it will go away.

How do you starve the fat?

Eliminate sugar, nutrient deficient grains and dairy, and alcohol. Feed the muscle with lean meats, fish, fruits & vegetables, nuts & seeds.

Here are a few simple nutritional actions to improve performance:

Eliminate simple sugars: soda, candy, desserts, breakfast cereal, etc

Limit/eliminate nutritionally deficient grains and dairy: white flour, white rice, sugary yogurt, etc.

Eat large amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables

Eat lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds

Here is a great article on the many kinds of sugar found in foods: http://fitbie.msn.com/eat-right/tips/10-sneaky-names-sugar

Next performance nutrition tip I will talk about top fuel for building lean, strong, powerful muscle.


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