How to Program Your Body to Burn FatJun 27, 2018
It is a proven fact: You will either program your body to burn fat all day long, or you will program it to store fat all day long with this one, simple action…
What you eat for breakfast (or don’t eat) has the power to either turn on fat burning, or turn on fat storing. It’s truly as simple as that.
What’s really exciting is that you have the choice!
Here’s how it works…
After you’ve fasted and detoxed overnight during sleep, your body’s fuel system is on empty. As soon as you sit up in bed, stand up, and begin moving around, your heart rate begins to rise.
As your heart rate increases, so does your body’s need for fuel.
And contrary to some popular ideas that are floating around out there, your body’s preferred fuel during an active day is carbohydrates.
Your brain runs on carbs. Your liver runs on carbs. Your muscles run on carbs. Your adrenal glands need carbs.
By finding the right amount of carbs to eat each morning, you will literally program your body for fat burning all day long.
If you skip breakfast, or choose something that is low in carbs, you will program your body for fat storage ALL. DAY. LONG.
I’m not making this up. This isn’t some kind of “Holly Perkins Method” that I created based on my own notions and preferences. This is basic, human biology and nutritional science that has been proven for ohhhhhh, 50 years?
When you get the right mix of Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fat (the three Macronutrients) you will stabilize your blood sugar in an instant. This programs your body for stable blood sugar all day long. It tells your body that it’s safe to burn calories and fat, and sets in motion a cascade of beneficial body processes (balanced hormones, reduced cortisol, increased eicosanoids).
The two mistakes you might be making are…
- Skipping breakfast all together
- Eating the wrong foods for breakfast
Both of these will lead to imbalanced blood sugar for the entire dayand therefore cause your body to store more calories as fat all day long.
If you can find a breakfast that works for your lifestyle that has a balanced mix of Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat, you will be able to get all of the benefits of stabilized blood sugar, including the freeing up of fatty acids to be burned as fuel for your whole day.
There are a million options that you could eat for breakfast to achieve this. Maybe you like a protein smoothie? Or maybe you like eggs and toast? As long as you get a balanced mix of carbohydrates, protein and fat, you can literally eat whatever foods you like.
In my personal quest to find a breakfast option that supports me, I knew I needed something that I could make ahead of time, something that was sweet in nature (as compared to salty things like eggs or turkey bacon), and something that was easy to make with few ingredients.
My Protein Perfect Breakfast Cake was born! I first published this recipe over a year ago and many of my clients still use this recipe every day!
You can see the original recipe by clicking HERE.
The original recipe (Raspberry Oat) includes oats and egg whites and is by far the best version. It’s the closest to “cake” that you’re going to get in a healthy, protein focused version. This recipe produces 4-6 pieces of cake that have a fantastic balance of macronutrients (45/25/30).
This year I’m taking a break from eggs and egg whites, and wanted to create a new version of my famous cake. So tah-dahhhhh, I’ve created an Egg Free version of the original Protein Perfect Breakfast Cake!
The new recipe includes “flax-egg” and protein powder in place of the egg whites. #brilliant
This version is a bit more “wet” and more like a fudge cake, but it’s really delicious and will keep you fueled all day long.
Check out the recipe here…
- 2 Tbsp butter or ghee
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 scoops protein powder (I've been using Julien Bakery beef protein)
- 3.5 cup frozen raspberries
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Step 2: Add 2 Tb of water to flaxseed, stir, set aside to gel
Step 3: Spray 9x9 pan with non stick baking product like Pam
Step 4: Blend oats into a fine powder (or purchase oat flour)
Step 5: Mix dry ingredients in bowl, set aside
Step 6: Cream together ghee and flex gel
Step 7: Add ghee/flaxseed mixture to dry ingredients
Step 8: Stir in water
Step 9: Fold in frozen raspberries
Step 10: Pour into baking dish
Step 11: Bake for 40 minutes, checking for dryness
You can find the macronutrient breakdown for this recipe on MyFitnessPal! Simply search "Holly Perkins" and you'll see an entry for Protein Perfect Breakfast Cake EGG FREE (4 pieces)
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