Be A Fat Burner

Health Habit # 2 is to be a fat burner.

HOH_CarThe body can only burn two types of fuel: Sugar or fat.

Although either fuel will work, FAT is (by far) the best energy source. It is the the fuel we should primarily utilize in our bodies because it does far less damage to our bodies than does burning sugar/carbohydrates. Ensuring that your body primarily burns fat is something that everyone needs to learn how to do.


  1. Creating energy in our cellular mitochondria, by burning fuel, is necessary, but is destructive to our mitochondria (cellular engines), just as burning gasoline in an automobile engine is necessary, but destructive to the engine of the automobile.
  2. Fat is a more efficient energy source than is sugar (releasing more than twice as much energy than is released by burning sugar), so when fat, is burned for energy, FAR fewer free radicals (damaging elements) are released than if sugar is burned.
  3. Our bodies can be described as being in a sugar burning mode or in a fat burning mode, depending on Leptin levels (see below).
    • Sedentary (whether they appear to be skinny or fat) are almost always sugar burners (unless they know exactly how to maintain fat burning mode). We teach how to do this in a free E-booklet , which you can download below.
    • If our body is in a sugar burning mode, then the cells of the body will mostly ignore fat molecules as a source of energy and will wait for sugar to be available to be burned as fuel.
    • Conversely, if our bodies are in sugar burning mode, the cells will favor fat as fuel, instead of sugar.
  4. Comparison points regarding burning fat versus sugar in the human body:
    • Sugar Burning
      • Burns very fast and produces a lot of wasted energy in the form of damaging free radicals.
      • Most of the body’s cells (brain cells are an exception) were designed to burn sugar only temporarily in times of exigency, when the damage from free radicals is not as important as dealing with the emergency.
        • If our bodies had been designed to primarily burn sugar as a fuel, then we would store sugar cubes within our bodies, but we don’t, we store fat. We store only minor amounts of sugar (in the form of glycogen) — enough to last for 30 to 60 minutes of extreme exertion.
        • If our bodies are in the sugar burning mode (meaning that they will ignore fat and wait for sugar to burn for energy), then, when we are asleep, since, there are no incoming sugars, our bodies will break down bone and muscle tissue to make sugar, in order to burn for energy. The breaking down of bone and muscle during the night is what causes muscle loss and bone loss, and is a primary factor in osteoporosis and aging.
      • Being in a sugar burning mode causes an elevation of sugar in the blood, which causes glycation (alteration of our proteins) damage to our tissues. Glycation damage on the outside (unsightly brown spots) means that there is glycation damage on the inside as well.
    • Fat Burning
      • Greater energy is furnished for the amount of material burned
      • The amount of free radicals released as byproducts of energy creation is less.
      • Fat can come directly from food eaten or the body can get fat from our stored fat. This is very important, because then we won’t lose muscle tone or bone density while we sleep.

Unfortunately, most people’s cells are in a sugar burning mode, i.e. have been ‘conditioned’ to burn SUGAR, with a whole host of resulting bad consequences.

  • The signs and bad consequences that you will have if you are a sugar burner include:
    • Abdominal fat or high percentage of body fat (anything over 20%)
    • Cravings for sugar
    • Age spots on your skin (these are actually glycation or sugar cross-linking marks)
  • Sugar burners often have large pantries of stored fat, but the cells of their bodies ignore that fat and look only for sugar.
    • If there is no sugar available, such as when a person is sleeping, then the body will dismantle bones and muscles and convert those proteins in sugar to be burned for energy. This is the major cause of loss of muscle and osteoporosis as we get older.

Hypothalamic sensing of Leptin determines if one is a fat burner or sugar burner

The unhealthy situation of being a fat burner is the result of the hypothalamus (energy controlling gland in the brain) signaling the cells of our bodies to ONLY burn sugar, instead of fat.

  • This is the result of leptin hormone levels that have gone so high (above 9.0 ng/ml) that the hypothalamus has become unable to understand the leptin signals.
    • Leptin is a messenger molecule made in fat cells that communicates to the hypothalamus to inform how much energy is stored in the body.
  • Unless leptin levels go lower and stay between 4.0 ng/ml and 9.0 ng/ml, people will find that they continue to gain fat over the years until their fat cells become resistant to leptin and insulin. Then they will then become diabetic because their cells are no longer able to convert excess sugar to fat.
  • So, Leptin levels are THE KEY to everything regarding body fat management.
  • When leptin levels are above 9.0 and the cells of the body become both leptin and insulin resistant, that person will then find it difficult to keep their blood sugars at normal levels and will begin to:
    • age much more quickly
    • and soon become diseased

Changing Back Into a Fat Burner

One of the wisest health habits anyone can adopt is to lower the leptin levels and repair the damage done to the hypothalamus so that it will instruct the cells of the body to burn fat instead of sugar. In simple terms, the way to do this is as follows:

  1. Eat generous amounts of good fats
  2. Eat sufficient amounts of protein
  3. Eat high amounts of low calorie vegetables
  4. Eat only enough carbohydrate to perform daily labors.
  5. Eat very little sugar.

For a fairly in-depth discussion about doing this, please request our Becoming Leptin Sensitive Booklet.

For most people, training the hypothalamus to be sensitive to leptin again is a matter of retraining oneself to eat a better way.

A great method of beginning the process of forcing your body into a fat-burning mode is the Eight Day Cleanse. The Eight Day Cleanse is simply unbeatable at creating a positive change in one’s health.

Following the Eight Day Cleanse with our new Glycemic Support product and with L-Arginine are great ways to help heal hypothalamus damage so that the body will stay in a fat burning mode.

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Health Topics
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Think About Your Health
Be a Fat Burner
Practice Internal Cleanliness
Maintain Nutrient xReservoirs
Be Active

About becoming
a fat burner,
by Dr. Ron Rosedale,
Author of
The Rosedale Diet:

Dr. 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.”

The above sentence is perhaps the most IMPORTANT statement you will ever read in regard to health and longevity.

Here is a simplified discussion on how to ensure proper hypothalamic functioning so that our cells can turn back into fat burners instead of sugar burners.

  • We become sugar burners by eating sugar and carbohydrates until our leptin levels go so high that our hypothalamus stops listening to leptin and assumes that we are starving.
  • If we are presently sugar burners and want to become fat burners, we must avoid sugar/ carbohydrates completely for a whole month, while simultaneously reducing our leptin levels by all means possible until our hypothalamus is able to put our cells back into the fat burning mode.
  • We stay fat burners by not overeating sugar and carbohydrates.

Changing from sugar burning to fat burning:

To break our cells’ habit of eating sugar, we have to completely stop the supply of sugar and carbohydrates.

We also have to strive to get our leptin levels below 9.0 ng/ml so that our hypothalamus will assist by turning off the mandate to burn sugar. We can get our leptin levels lower by supplementation by lifestyle change (outlined in our E-Booklet).


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