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Bell Curve Metabolism – The Science of Burning Fat

By Kent Paul, B.S., Fitness and Nutrition Coach

 

I have been a nutrition coach for 19 years and I have been approached thousands of times about how to burn fat with foods.  We are bombarded by media with millions of ways to get fit with the latest and greatest fad diet or pill.  I am here to set the record straight on the science of how the body works and why.

It all starts with understanding the cycle of the sun and our sleep cycle.  We are created by nature to sleep at night and be awake in the sunlight.  Our bodies are made to move and function aggressively in the day time and recover and heal during the night.  Therefore, we use food (fuel) for the need and function of the state our bodies are in according to the time of day.

Man and SunsetTo illustrate the concept of Bell Curve Metabolism, I want you to envision the shape of a bell.  The left side of the bell is low and somewhat flat lined.  The shape of the bell then rises sharply to the peak, or height, of the bell in the center with the shape dropping back down again to the bottom of the bell.  This shape is similar to the pattern of the sun throughout the day.  The sun rises in the morning at the horizon and rises up to the peak at mid-day.  It then goes back down at dusk to the low point until its dark, just as the shape of a bell.

Now let’s compare this pattern to our metabolism.  We need to know how to eat, and what to eat, according to the speed of our metabolism in conjunction with the height of the sun.  When we first wake up in the morning, our body is in a fasting state.  We have not consumed food for 10-12 hours so our blood sugar is very low.  We need to amp up our metabolism as soon as possible with our digestion metabolism, called Dietary Induced Thermogenesis (DIT).  The best way to jump start our metabolism is to eat a balanced amount of protein, such as eggs; low glycemic carbohydrate, such as oatmeal; and a fast acting carbohydrate, such as fruit.  This combination will fire up your metabolism while at the same time give your body long-acting energy.  Three hours later you might want to have a protein shake (whey protein) with 12 almonds to slow the absorption of the protein.

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Chicken and PastaAs the sun moves to the peak of the day, around lunch time, our metabolism is at its natural high point. Because of this we can eat the most calories.  This is when we can eat rice, pasta, breads, etc, along with protein, such as chicken or fish.  Our body can use these calories and carbohydrates to help fuel the body and our muscles without converting them into fat.

As the sun begins its decline in the afternoon, our natural metabolism starts to slow down.  This is when we need to eat foods that will aid in this natural decline.  By mid-afternoon, you may want to have unsweetened greek yogurt, some almonds and maybe a piece of fruit if you have been physically active.  After 4pm you should not eat any carbohydrates, except for veggies.  A good dinner at 6pm may be grilled fish, broccoli and a spinach salad with almonds or olive oil dressing.  If you are still hungry around 8pm, you may want to eat low fat cottage cheese with a few almonds.  Do your best to not eat after 8pm because your metabolism is now going into a sedentary/sleep state and cannot metabolize foods at this point.

Once you understand the concept of Bell Curve Metabolism, the cycle of the sun and how we are scientifically made, you can adjust your food intake accordingly.  This will help you get fit and healthy very quickly and stay that way for the rest of your life!

Kent Paul CUKent Paul is one of the most driven individuals on the planet.  A baseball scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado introduced him to kinesiology, the science of human movement.  From there he pursued fitness and weight training, competed in bodybuilding to win the Mr. Colorado title in 1998, and became a world-ranked bodybuilder.  Kent’s ability to shape desire into purpose extends into the lives of the men and women he coaches and trains to achieve their fitness goals.  Through his Turbo Training™ program, Kent guides individuals to discover their own personal power and potential.  He is the author of the book Power from Pain and many fitness and nutrition articles.  He currently owns TURBO Training Fitness Center™ in Denver, the top-rated fitness studio in Colorado.  He can be reached at Kent@TurboTrainingFitness.com.

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