Five Simple Steps To Turning Yourself Into A Fat Burning Machine.

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Fat Loss, Podcast

Almost every day, I get an e-mail, comment, tweet or Facebook message about how to become a fat burning machine. And the fact is, become fat-adapted goes way above and beyond adding a stick of butter to a cup of coffee or eliminating carbohydrates from your diet.

So in today's podcast, I've brought back Greenfield Fitness System's performance nutritionist Barry Murray, who was originally a guest on the episode “The Ultimate Guide To Combining Fasting and Exercise: Everything You Need To Know. In this episode, Barry gives us five simple steps to becoming a fat burning machine, including:

-How to increase your ability to use your body's own fat stores…

-Why it's actually a good thing for your muscles to have fat stored in them…

-The best menus, recipes, meal plans and all the “coping” strategies you need to make the shift into fat-burning…

-The best way to time your meals for fat oxidation…

-How to structure your diet so that you can trigger the adaptations you need to increase the rates of fat oxidation…

-How to benefit from depleted training and intermittent fasting…

-How stress or inflammatory factors inhibit overall physiological fitness, and which hidden lifestyle factors keep you from becoming a fat burning machine…

-How to compete or do hard workouts in a fat adapted state…

-And much more!

Do you have questions, comments or feedbacks about these steps to becoming a fat burning machine? Leave your thoughts below, and click here if you'd like to hire Barry for a consult or nutrition coaching!

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38 thoughts on “Five Simple Steps To Turning Yourself Into A Fat Burning Machine.

  1. mikej says:

    The cardinal sins: article is only in a video or audio, not text format, audio does not allow fast forwarding past slow, plodding sentences, advertisement in audio cannot be fast forwarded. Pass.

  2. tblee3250 says:

    Digging my own grave? I am concerned about what you and Barry said about fasted work outs. I am using Mark Devine's SealFit program to train for Obstacle Races and workout Tu-Fr morning at 5am before work. I don't eat before because I don't feel the need nor do I want too much in my belly while working out.Then on weekends I eat when I wake up and then work out later usually long runs, rows, etc. Then I have eggs and some Ezekiel toast afterwards, big salad with fat and protein and a low carb dinner. Should I eat before my early morning workouts? If so, what? Thanks for the podcasts and thanks for Obstacle Dominator as well. Great stuff.

      1. tblee3250 says:

        Perfect thanks. I have enough problems without making things worse by trying to make them better.

  3. wpvandieu says:

    This was a fantastic "catch all" podcast, and it very clearly answers the difference between nutritional ketosis and fat adaptation.

    My question is that once you have achieved a high level of fat adaptation, what are your thoughts on how quickly you can destroy or down-regulate your fatty acid beta-oxidation by reintroducing too many starchy carbs so your body switches back into carb-burning mode?

    It seems to me that becoming well fat-adapted is a gradual, long term process, while going the other way and switching from fat to carb burning can be done very quickly, and once you have done so then your fat-burning mechanism will very quickly down-regulate. Life is unfair like that..

    1. barrymurray says:

      Going back to a high carb diet does down-regulate things, it doesn't destroy the adaptations however. So having a day or two of high carbs, will reduce the rate of lipolysis/beta-oxidation and certainly ketosis for maybe a few days, but back to LCHF/IF etc.. and the adaptations switch on again. Also remember, carbs and fat adaptation and even ketosis (see Peter Attia's article on this) can co-exist

      It all depends on the context… like everything

  4. Feili29 says:

    Hi Ben and thank you for that AWESOME podcast. :)

    I am 23, and go to the gym like 3 times a week for intense cardio or light weight muscle-toning training, and whenever I'm not at work I love walking and keep moving. Actually I also hacked my working space to turn my miserable intern desk into a kinda standing desk (and feel so much better now!).

    Now; I have been living in Bangkok for the past 6 months and I discovered the wonderful feeling of refreshment and rehydration you get from sipping a young coconut (I mean: This http://www.rawguru.com/html/coconut7.jpg is a young coconut, right?) . I also happen to love the meat and am starting to feel guilty about getting one to two every day… Am I getting healthy fats and enhancing my metoblism or simply putting a lot of fat in my body? Do you think I can gain weight from that? Also: I was wondering if there is a “most strategic” moment to get a coconut? I go to the gym after work so I would usually grab one as a pre-workout snack; should I wait for after the training? Is it such a good idea to get one as a dinner dessert, or before sleeping?

    Well. I sound like a damn addict, don’t I? x)

    Thanks again and keep it up, I love your podcast so much I would even give up on a coconut in a hot hot Bangkok day for that! :P

    1. You should take a look at this http://blog.ehealthinsurance.com/2014/03/ben-greenfield-coconut-oil-fact/ … it'll help you out.

  5. apwUSA says:

    Hey Ben – listened to this podcast this morning (in Seattle), and towards the end Barry touches super-lightly on fueling for ultra-endurance, relatively-constant effort racing. He notes that his 20-30g natural CHO strategy isn't designed for bike racing – either multi-day events or one day intense efforts. So it begs the follow-up question: what *would* be a good in-race fueling strategy for that?

    I ask because I'll do another Leadville 100 at some point in the future but will do it fat-adapted this time. And I have a very good friend hitting the Cape Epic next year in a very fat-adapted/fasted-trained state – he was a top 100 rider when we rode together, then a top 50 rider for the past two or three Epics, and I'd be curious to hear your/Barry's take on fueling for something like that.

    1. That would make a great podcast question! Would you mind calling it in as an audio question? http://www.speakpipe.com/bengreenfield

      1. apwUSA says:

        Done – but it stalled on the "send" page. Let me know if the question came thru.

  6. klivezey says:

    Have been on this diet/lifestyle change for about 1.5 months now and loving it, you're podcasts are very helpful! I am not a high volume exercise athlete. I am wondering, and I know this will vary from person to person, but how do you determine your fat intake to exercise output ratio? In my mind if I take in loads of fat cals to help burn fat, I need to put in some sort of equivalent in low intesity and high intensity exercise. But how do I determine what that should be/look like?

    1. This page should help you out https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2013/07/how-m… if you still have questions, I would be happy to go over it all in a one-on-one consult http://greenfieldfitnesssystems.com/product/ben-g…

  7. EpicShelli says:

    Sorry for the rambling… Mine is not a case that can be explained in a short paragraph! :) Do you think Barry works with many women? I need to know that he does. I guess I'll reach out… If nothing else, my firsthand experience is proving, beyond a doubt, that there is significant difference in men and women, and what their bodies need in terms of nutrition, and how their body responds to particular ways of eating, not eating, etc. – especially women are age 40-50…
    Thanks for your suggestion though.

    1. sdcuth says:

      interesting post – you may want to check out Bob Seebohar at Fuel4mance.com He may have the expertise you need

  8. EpicShelli says:

    I love this podcast. I do have to say, though, I'm coming off following a ketogenic diet for 103 days and have not lost, but gained weight. This is very frustrating. I have followed all steps… keeping my carbs to 20g or lower, and only eating moderate protein and plenty of (healthy) fats. I had blood screens before starting and nothing stood out.
    I'm a life coach, personal trainer and wellness coach… I self experiment often with all kinds of eating. A quick backstory: In 2009, I was overweight and out of shape… First and only time in my life, but it lasted 2 years. I had lots of great excuses at the time… mother of 3 young sons, entrepreneur and owner of a business that was thriving (but consuming my time and energy). I gave up all grains overnight, and hired a personal trainer. In 1 short year, I lost 30 pounds, including 14% body fat. I got the local gym record for pullups (I did 21 in a row — regulation!), set records in deadlifts… I did 39 consecutive lifts of 135# (my "new" weight at the time), bench pressed my bodyweight (135#) 5 times, did 31 dips, blah blah blah. :) The reason I mention these stats is they proved that you can be stronger AND smaller. I didn't believe it myself until I experienced the aforementioned feats…
    Oh, and most important of all, I had more energy than I knew what to do with!
    For almost 5 years, I kept all the weight off. And, for the record, I haven't lost any of my high energy. I still have a surplus of it! But, at age 46, without changing anything to my diet, and making only slight changes to my training, I am up 10 pounds. My OB doctor (a man) says "It's your age. You're premenopausal). This makes me mad – as in crazy, mad. I get that it's harder to keep the weight off, but there must be something a woman can do to not just accept she's going to get pudgy again… especially if she eats a pure diet with nutrient dense, real foods. I remain extremely active… as a family we are in the outdoors every weekend and most weekday evenings, and I hike 1000 miles a year.
    So, intrigued by the Ketosis and Ketogenic posts you've shared, and others (Dr. Peter Attia, Dave Asprey, etc.), I went all in. After 100 days of feeling amazing, metnally alert and energetic as ever, I have for the first time a muffin top/soft tummy, can't fit into my size 6 jeans… I had to buy some size 8s.

    So, time to try something new… again. What will it be?
    I've read The Hormone Cure, I follow JJ Virgin and Sara Gottfried, and other women who are experts on the subject… have experimented for 30 days each with what they recommend, and still, same result: a muffin top and tight jeans. (BTW, I've also read compelling articles suggesting women need more carbs. So I have even experimented by increasing my carbs while being on a Ketogenic diet… and, surprise, to no avail.)
    And yes, I've given up chocolate and caffeine for 30-day stretches. No visible benefits resulted. Also, for the record, I drink tons of water, so that's not it either. I also do a mindfulness practice … have done this religiously on weekdays for 18 months, so that's not it either.
    I know feeling alert and having high energy is HUGE… and trust me, I don't take it for granted. However, I'm also a public speaker and if I feel soft and pudgy it affects the way I show up. I burned the boats back in 2009… and yet, it seems the alarms are going off and I don't know what to do or where to turn to keep this creep from creeping on… Like I said, I'm 10 pounds up right now…
    Help? Want to use me as an experiment? There is a SIGNIFICANT LACK of representation for premenopausal women like myself. At least personally, the Ketogenic diet isn't turning me into a fat-burner… how can I explain this? (Note: I use the Ketonix Sport… and 102 out 103 days have reported only trace ketones… there was only a single day (!!!) where it reported yellow//moderate ketones. Not sure if this matters… but it did make me scratch my head… that I could never, try as I might, get past "trace ketones.") More importantly, it's hard to accept… Help?
    I really am experienced and knowledgeable… I'm no novice… Over the years, I've experimented with many ways of eating… Including a 24-hour intermittent fast I did every Wednesday for almost a year in 2013.
    Sorry to sound desperate. In reality, my life has never been better. But when it comes to my changing body, I'm frustrated that it would appear that nothing I do can positively affect it… ?
    I'm committed and dedicated to my health, and I coach others on theirs. I work with many many many women across the U.S. who are age 40-55 and having same struggles. I want to be able to crack this nut not only so I can feel better about my physical self, but so I can better serve them!
    Thank you for listening. :)
    Shelli

    1. Wow! That is a lot of info. I think you would be best off booking a consult with Barry by going here – http://greenfieldfitnesssystems.com/product/barry…

    2. cmans6282 says:

      Wow. Time froze when I read your post. I went keto in Feb 2012, lost all the weight (25#) in a couple of months. Thought 'it' was over. Packed up all my fat clothes. Caved in 2013- 2 months ago. Went keto~the good: all congestion disappeared, satiety achieved. Not good: no weight loss. Bloodwork confirms I've just crossed the threshold into menopause. That's the only difference. I only found one other post 'similar' to yours where the lady had plunked down hundreds of dollars to work with Maria Emmerich to no avail. I spoke to a very wonderful lady at another website (Nourished Caveman) who's program costs $1,300. Probably well worth it but I'd rather spend the $ on labs~ Going to have doc run toxicity panels on my liver, heavy metals, anything that might be blocking the hormones from working. If you've found an answer, please let me know. With much admiration and commiseration, Monica

      1. I have found the answer. I talked about it in the podcast. ;)

  9. zyzzyva57 says:

    Would you consider doing a pod on Ketones / going "ketonic," in a drop-dead format, e.g., feel free to use a lot of analogies and illustrations
    The term "Ketonic" is thrown all about with the assumption "I" know what the term means
    I have read and watched YouTubes on this, but the assumption is I have a background I do not
    For example, training a dog, these beginning assumptions work: you do not have to explain what a dog is
    Jimmy Moore, who is gun-ho on this topic (and eating sticks of butter) has done tons of pods on the subject with the assumption I am grounded in certain basics
    What, for example, are these foundational basics????
    Whether I agree with it or not, I get the basics behind eating a stick of butter, which I lack with "Ketonics"
    Help!!!!

    1. I think you might find what you are looking for in these podcasts: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2013/10/deep-… and https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2014/05/ketos… If you still have questions, feel free to call that in as a question for the podcast http://www.speakpipe.com/bengreenfield

  10. lchfmaniac says:

    I think we all look in the wrong directions. I`m also LCHF eater i have between 1.5 and 3 ketons in my urine. But i have a lot of fats around my belly. So this is not all. I think at first every person must make a full hormone testing and check in all hormones are ok. I think i have some problems. Because Most people in LCHF do not have fats. What you think?

    1. Yes, you absolutely have to add the fats in when you go low carb. People who miss that step often add in too much protein, which can cause a lot of issues. Take a look at this – https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2013/07/how-m…

  11. duncanclarkeiii says:

    Thanks Ben, that's what Skylar mentioned when he told me that Barry was unavailable.

    I think a consult with yourself combined with some testing like you recently explored with the Organix bloke would be great however what I liked about Barry's approach was that it was a 6 month plan. I can see how there are many ways to run into problems trying to implement big changes! Maybe that's something you and your coaches could consider instead of one-off consults?

    Duncan

    1. The coaches are all very flexible. Get Skylar to hook you up with the coach of your choice and explore your options directly with her/him.

  12. duncanclarkeiii says:

    Hi Ben,

    Great interview. I contacted Barry through your website a couple weeks ago unfortunately he is at full capacity and not accepting new clients, any other recommendations for similar "nutrition coaching"?

    Cheers, Duncan

    1. Yes, I'd be happy to help you via a personal one-on-one consult. Just go to http://greenfieldfitnesssystems.com/product/ben-g… and then choose a 20 or 60 minute consult, whichever you'd prefer. We can schedule ASAP after you get that.

  13. HIT_Trainer says:

    I was wondering… Barry mentioned the importance of decreasing EMF exposure. Couldn't agree more. I have found though when trying to convey these concerns to friends, colleagues and family, there's a lot of resistance. Could someone recommend a couple of good articles/studies proving the danger of EMFs? I have read Davis's Disconnect and I plan to check out Gittleman's Zapped, but any other resources would be super handy. Really appreciate it!

  14. Jamie_Hayes says:

    Ben, If there is interest in this topic, why not go to the source: Drs Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek? The test of a good interview is whether the listener come out with clarity (not confusion) and actionable items. This interview sounds "sciency" but didn't have much clarity. Sorry!

  15. Clkel says:

    So appreciate the information. Love this one!
    Two questions:
    Should we be turning off our wifi routers at night?
    If we are unable to find a grass fed source of meat and poultry are we screwed?
    Sincerely Ben, thank you.

    1. Turn the wifi off any time you can! Also, take a look at this https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2012/09/is-yo…

      1. Clkel says:

        Got a connection in Canada?Sent from my iPad

        1. Every coach at http://www.GreenfieldFitnessSystems.com will work with anyone, anywhere in the world. So yes. ;)

  16. michael says:

    If you are dealing with lot of inflammation in your gut and exercising, what can you to correct the problem and will it help you lose the fat and weight.

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