If you’ve been following Grow Fit for a while, you’ll know that the prized stallion of our stables is our Lean Machine diet. Designed to minimise your carbohydrate intake, keep your protein consumption moderate, while amping up healthy fats, Low Carb/Ketogenic Diets like this one have been shown to help people burn fat specifically and more rapidly than regular calorie restrictive diets.
Now we know what you’re thinking — how on earth does eating more fat help you lose fat?! We get that a lot. There’s a whole lot of science behind this, but we’ll spare you too much of the technical stuff (if you’d like to read all the science though, you can check it out here!)
As most of us would remember learning in elementary school, the body can use Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats for energy. Our body prefers to use the carbs & sugars (sugars are really sweet tasting carbs) whenever they are there available, as they release energy more easily and quickly during metabolism. That’s why whenever we would feel tired, ill, or faint, we were pumped with glucose or given something sweet. Sugars and carbohydrates are broken down quickly by the body, and converted to energy. Simple, right?
But do you remember that other source of energy we learned about? Fats? That’s right, For all the negativity that the word “fat” receives, it is actually a vital nutrient, and a great source of fuel for the body. So then why has it been demonised the way it has?
The true picture is one not many of us have ever been taught. While carbs & fats are both excellent sources of energy, carbohydrates tend to spike our blood sugar levels. Sudden spikes and crashes in blood sugar cause the notorious “food coma” that we experience post our favourite biryanis, and even moodiness & cravings. Repeated blood sugar spikes and crashes, day in and day out cause our bodies to become insulin-resistant, and eventually diabetic.
Fat, on the other hand, is cleaner burning and does not stress the body’s hormonal systems. Actually burning fat, however, needs a little work. The human body is conditioned to burn carbohydrates first. In a diet that has both carbs & fats, that often means that the carbs get used for energy, and the fat simply stored in the body.
Still confused? Let’s try comparing our body to a house. Imagine the house has two power sources: regular electricity (generated by burning fuel), and solar energy. The house, however, only uses the solar energy to power its backup generator, even though it could actually power all functions of the whole house. So on a daily basis, the house continues to use fossil-fuel-derived electricity, while saving the cleaner, more environment-friendly energy only for emergencies. In this picture, the carbohydrates are the fossil-fuel energy, and fats are like solar energy. All the house needs to do is a little rewiring, and it could run effectively on cleaner fuel.
What if our bodies too, could flip a switch like that? What if we could train our bodies to burn fat, instead of carbohydrates?
Well, that’s exactly what the Grow Fit Lean Machine diet does. By dropping your carbohydrate intake to minimal levels, and increasing your intake of healthy fats, the diet actually flips a metaphorical switch in your body, and trains it to start burning fat for fuel. The result: Rapid, healthy fat loss. Bonus? You actually have higher energy levels, you feel less hunger/cravings, your blood sugar levels are steadier, and even your cholesterol levels stabilise!
“That doesn’t sound right. Eating fats not only helps me lose weight, but lose it rapidly?! What’s the catch?” No catch, we promise. As long as you consciously keep your carbohydrate intake really low, and you consume healthy fats (this part is key!), you will lose weight, and in a healthy manner.
Still skeptical? We got fitness blogger and influencer Bombay Bellyrina to try out the Lean Machine diet, and share her experiences and updates. Follow her low-carb experience on Instagram to see what she’s eating each day, and for as-it-happens updates on how her fitness progresses through the month of November.
Got more questions about Grow Fit’s Lean Machine diet? Leave us a comment below, and we’ll be sure to answer them for you.