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The key to health is eliminating toxicities and deficiencies! - Dr. William R. Kellas

Healthy Habit # 1 — Be a Fat Burner

Be A Fat Burner Learn why fat burning is a major key to longevity and freedom from disease.

Your Body is Like a Car

only one car for a lifetime
one and only body

Question: If you knew that using one particular fuel in your care would increase your car engine's life span by 30 percent and give it more horse power would you use that fuel?

Answer: Of course!... then do the same for your body!

Burning The Most Efficient Fuel In Our Cells Is A Key to Long Term Health

wrong fuel

Consider what would happen to the gasoline engine of an automobile if you were to fill the fuel tank with an inappropriate fuel such as diesel or high octane, aviation fuel?

You can correctly predict that the engine would be damaged much more quickly and not last as long as it could have.

It’s the same with the cells of your body. They are designed to efficiently burn fat. And if they don’t burn the most appropriate kind of fuel, namely, fat, they will be damaged much sooner than if the best fuel had been burned.

Correct Fuel Is Important for the Long Life of Both Cars and People!

Human cells obtain four things from food, namely, water, fiber, nutrients and fuel:

Water

Water rich foods are best. In some places people get most of their water from food.

Fiber

Fiber keeps our gastrointestinal tract clean and slows the transit of food so that our digestion can extract every possible bit of nutrition.

Nutrition

Nutrients (minerals, vitamins, proteins, etc. are used to maintain cell structure and function). We discuss these elsewhere.

Fuel

Fuel is burned in the mitochondria in the presence of oxygen. Fuel is what makes energy in our mitochondria so that we can live and function. There are only a few types of fuel, chiefly fat or sugar. Protein can be broken down into sugar and burned as sugar. Fat can be converted into ketones and burned (but ketones are still just a modified type of fat) .

Fuel gives human cells the ability to make energy with which to function, think and move.

  • FAT is the optimum fuel that our mitochondria should primarily burn in our bodies to make energy to live because burning fat for energy does much less damage to our bodies than does burning sugar.

    Therefore, establishing habits that will ensure that the cells of your body primarily burn fat is something that everyone needs to learn to do.

According to Dr. Ron Rosedale:

“If I were to summarize in a single sentence what practice would best promote health, it would be this:

"Health and life span are determined by the proportion of fat versus sugar people burn throughout their lifetime and so the more fat that one burns as fuel, the healthier a person will be, and the more likely he or she will live a long time; and the more sugar a person burns, the more disease ridden and the shorter a life span a person is likely to have."

dr ron rosedale - longevity

Ron Rosedale is an Internationally known expert in nutritional and metabolic medicine whose work with diabetics is truly groundbreaking. Very few physicians have had such consistent success in helping diabetics to eliminate or reduce their need for insulin and to reduce heart disease-both without drugs or surgery. Dr. Rosedale was founder of the Rosedale Center, co-founder of the Colorado Center for Metabolic Medicine (Boulder, CO USA) and founder of the Carolina Center of Metabolic Medicine (Asheville, NC). Through these centers, he has helped thousands suffering from so-called incurable diseases to regain their health. One of Dr. Rosedale's life goals is to wipe out type II diabetes in this country as a model for the world. He also has written a book, "The Rosedale Diet", covering his proven treatment methods for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases of aging.

What If My Body is in the Unhealthy Sugar Burning Mode?

— Most people don't choose this on purpose, but nevertheless become sugar burners because of their lack of knowledge regarding how food choices determine metabolic mode. If your body operates in the sugar burning mode, this is what you'll get:

  • You'll live 10 or more years less than you could have lived.
  • You'll eventually experience significant difficulty in remembering things. This is because your brain tissue will cross-link with sugar, making it impossible to retrieve your memories. You may experience Alzheimer's.
  • You'll eventually lose a great deal of your muscle tone and bone density because while you're sleeping, your body will dismantle proteins to make sugar to keep your heart beating.
  • You'll eventually experience high blood sugar and its hosts of unhappy challenges — cardiovascular disease, joint stiffness, kidney disease, etc.
  • You'll be more prone to addictive behavior, because your Hypothalamus will constantly be stressed (see below) and will seek to remedy this stress through other stimuli.
  • You'll eventually become overweight (unless you constantly diet or exercise).
  • You'll be irritable if you miss a meal.
sugar burner versus fat burner

What If My Body is in the Healthy Fat Burning Mode?

— This is a great situation, and most likely it means that you're very wise and that you understand how food choices affect metabolic mode. Being a fat burner isn't common in our modern world. So, you somewhat unique.

  • You'll live 10 or more years longer than most people.
  • Your brain will function better and, especially, your memory will remain sharp at and advanced age. This is because your brain tissue will NOT cross-link with sugar, making your memories irretrievable. You will NOT experience Alzheimer's.
  • You'll your muscle tone and bone density because your body will burn fat at night while you're asleep instead of your muscles and bones.
  • You will be less likely to experience high blood sugar and its hosts of unhappy challenges — cardiovascular disease, joint stiffness, kidney disease, etc.
  • You'll be less prone to addictive behavior, because your Hypothalamus will NOT be constantly stressed through fluctuating Leptin levels
  • You will NOT be prone weight gain.
  • You'll NOT be irritable if you miss a meal because your body's cells will continue to burn fat even if your blood sugar is low.

Having a Low Amount of Leptin Circulating in the Blood is the Key to Being in the Fat Burning Mode Instead of the Sugar Burning Mode

  • Leptin is a signaling molecule made in fat cells that tells the brain how much stored energy exists in the body. The purpose of Leptin is to prevent starvation.
  • If Leptin levels are too low, IE, below 4 ng/ml (see graph), the brain (Hypothalamus gland) perceives a famine ir illness and signals the body to store fat and burn sugar in order to raise fat levels (stored energy).
  • If Leptin levels go too high, IE, above 9 ng/ml (see graph), this would be because one has gained too much fat, the Hypothalamus gland can become deaf to Leptin and believe that the Leptin level is zero. When the Hypothalamus cannot measure a Leptin value it believes that a famine or illness is occurring. It will then signal the body to go into the fat storing, sugar burning mode, and will lower the metabolic setpoint in order to conserve energy. This creates a huge challenge because it's difficult to get fat burning to occur while the Hypothalamus believes a famine is occurring and is signaling for the body to conserve energy and to store fat.
  • We will show you "methods" to reverse Hypothalamic deafness to Leptin and to cause Leptin production to decrease even before fat goes away, thus coaxing the brain into signaling for fat burning. This is the main secret of the WIN diet. Keep reading!
  • Getting and keeping Leptin levels low, but adequate, so the Hypothalamus doesn't believe a famine is occurring, and doesn't signal for sugar burning, is the single most important factor of health.
leptin level meter

Understanding the Hypothalamic Leptin Switch For Fat Burning!

The all-embracing key to being in the fat burning mode is ensuring that the Hypothalamus correctly reads the amount of Leptin in the body... which amount needs to be adequate so that Hypothalamus will signal the body to burn fat. If the level is too low or if the Hypothalamus cannot read the level of Leptin because the amount of Leptin in the blood is too high (deafening Leptin receptors), then the Hypothalamus signals the body, instead, for sugar burning to occur. That means that the first order of business for ensuring fat burning mode is repairing the Hypothalamus's Leptin receptors and then maintaining one's serum Leptin level in the fat burning range. This is done by ensuring the following six things:

  • Repair Leptin receptors in the Hypothalamus by consuming Risotriene, Iodine and Embla Arginine.
  • Avoid high glycemic foods and generally eat the type and amount of foods that will maintain low blood sugar (between 70 and 92). High blood sugar accelerates Leptin production in fat cells. Low blood sugar decelerates Leptin production in fat cells. The importance of low blood sugar cannot be overstated. If one is going to seek to enter the fat burning mode while Leptin is high... blood sugar has to be significantly lowered.
  • Burn up blood sugar in exercise or work so that it doesn't get stored as fat. Physical exertion is a powerful method to lower blood sugar that lasts for several hours after the exertions end (if one doesn't immediately eat).
  • Don't eat before bed. Don't eat during the three to five hours just prior to bedtime or else blood sugar and Leptin production will rise. Food eaten close to bedtime raises Leptin during sleep.
  • Get adequate sleep. Serum Leptin is cleared during sleep. So, for Leptin to get into fat burning range, adequate sleep is quite helpful.

Leptin is the Key to Metabolic Mode

  • The amount of the signaling molecule Leptin that exists in the blood stream is the main trigger for which metabolic mode your body operates in, IE, fat burning or sugar burning metabolic mode.
  • Learn how to manage Leptin, and everything else falls into place.
Habits of Health

Six Habits of Health

If you implement the Healthy-Living six habits of health, you will be on a path that leads to a longer and healthier life. We recommend that you seek to understand the Six Key Habits of Health. Click on each link below to learn why this habit is critical to help ensure that your body stays as healthy as possible for as long as possible:

Six Habits of Health

  1. Be a Fat Burner
  2. Detoxify Your Body
  3. Nourish Your Body
  4. Stress Your Body
  5. Be At the Cutting Edge
    of Health Practices
  6. Change It Up Periodically

Why is Being a Fat Burner So Important?

  • Burning fuel in our cellular mitochondria to create energy necessary to life, but, also, destructive to our mitochondria — by releasing free radicals (oxidants) that do damage to our mitochondria and cells. This is very similar to how burning gasoline in an automobile engine is necessary, but destructive to the engine of the automobile (by releasing heat). Fat burns more efficiently than sugar. In fact, for the same amount of free radicals released, you can get twice as much energy from fat as from sugar. That means that being in the fat burning mode instead of the sugar burning mode will "age" you much more slowly than being in the sugar burning mode. In other words, at age 70 chronologically, you can feel and look decades younger if you had been a fat burner your whole life.
  • Fat burners get to avoid most of the problems typically associated with high blood sugar, such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, joint pain, etc. Having a life more free of pain and discomfort is the main reason a person should want to be a fat burner.

The Fat Burning Way of Life —

Secrets Regarding the Kind of Life That Ensures Fat Burning

  • A human body burns fat or burns sugar in its cells based on lifestyle and food choices. Technically, whether a person functions in a sugar burning mode or in a fat burning mode depends on the condition of one's Hypothalamus and how much Leptin (messenger molecule made in fat cells) is in one's blood and how much Insulin is in one's blood.
  • People who are fat burners have low Leptin levels, low Insulin levels and a Hypothalamus gland that is sensitive to Leptin. They live longer and have less inflammation and disease.
  • People who are sugar burners have high Leptin levels, high Insulin levels and a Hypothalamus gland that is insensitive to Leptin. They have higher levels of blood sugar, free radicals and inflammation. They will have a reduced longevity and much more incidence of disease conditions.
  • The main secret, therefore, of the fat burning lifestyle is maintaining low blood sugar, low insulin and a sensitive Hypothalamus. In addition to a lifestyle of eating foods that don't raise the blood sugar (or immediately burning of the blood sugar with exercise), this kind of lifestyle includes not going to bed with significant amounts of food in the stomach, which would cause elevated blood sugar, elevated Leptin and fat storage during the night. Here's the salient points:
    • Eat meals that don't spike blood sugar. Such meals consist mostly of healthy fats, proteins and non-starchy vegetables. That means uncooked, non-starchy, non-sweet vegetables and sprouts are great to eat in virtually unlimited amounts. Also, uncooked, undamaged, unsaturated fats would be great to eat.
    • Sleep sufficiently. The body uses sleep to repair itself and clear Leptin from the blood.
    • Fast 13 to 20 hours daily. Having 13 to 20 hours daily of no eating time (including sleep time) is about the most powerful thing one can do to reset metabolic systems. 13 hours is doable for anyone, but longer times are difficult.
    • Exercise daily. Exercise is very helpful for establishing the fat burning mode, by helping to keep blood sugar very low, which keeps Leptin production low and forces fat burning to occur. Exercise should be significant enough to promote deep breathing and should continue for 30 minutes or more in order to ensure that the body enters a fat burning mode. (When all blood sugars are used up, the body must burn fat to continue its exertions.) The graph below shows the effect of exercise duration in terms of stimulating fat burning.
    • Lastly, repairing damaged Hypothalamic sensors (the ones that detect Leptin) can be critical for quickly moving from sugar burning mode to fat burning mode. Two supplements that help repair these sensors include: Embla Arginine and Risotriene.

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