Let me ask you a personal question. As you read these words,
right now-- are you burning fat?
If you don't know the answer, you need to know about a simple,
inexpensive way to make sure. Every time. Every day. And I'll
show you why and how this simple, doctor-proven technique can be
your most powerful weapon in your fight against fat.
No matter what weight loss program you are currently on,
wouldn't you like to know whether your plan is producing
results? Most of us step on the scale, or wait until our clothes
fit more loosely, before we really know whether our latest
miracle diet pill or plan is working. And as a veteran dieter,
you know that can take many days or weeks.
But there is a way to know for certain-- within hours-- whether
or not you're burning fat. To see if the food, or the pills, or
the exercise is really returning benefits. Immediate benefits.
Are you starving?
There are really only two ways your body loses weight (by
non-surgical means). You are either burning fat, or "burning"
muscle. If you are burning muscle, watch out! You have actually
begun to starve. For safe, healthy weight loss, you must
preserve your muscle tissue (including heart muscle) and burn
Here are the medical facts: any time your body burns fat,
chemicals called ketones are produced. Ketones are byproducts of
burning fat. Robert C. Atkins, M.D., the famous low-carb diet
expert, states it clearly. "When your body releases ketones,"
says Dr. Atkins, "it is chemical proof that you're consuming
your own stored fat."
And burning your own stored fat is exactly what you want to do.
Dr. Atkins goes further. "If you're not in lipolysis (ketosis),
you're in glucosis." It's one or the other, period. Your body is
either burning sugar, from simple and complex carbohydrates you
are eating, or burning your own stored fat. Both produce energy.
But only one will help you lose weight!
Prove it to yourself
You may have heard about this simple method of testing for
ketone release before. But have you actually used it? It really
is a marvelous tool to help you see the biological proof of your
diet program, quickly and easily.
Ketone test strips are available at any pharmacy. Originally
developed as a testing tool for diabetics, they are sold under
various brand names, including KetoStix, LipoStix, Keto-Thin,
and others. They all work essentially the same way.
The test strips are simple to use. Just place the tab end of the
test strip in your first morning urine stream, and note the
color change. Match the color to the chart on the bottle, and
know immediately whether you are burning fat-- or not.
The beauty is- it’s all about you!
Perhaps the best part of this test method, aside from the ease
of use, is that you get to see what is really working for you.
Everyone’s body is a little different, and now you can customize
your food and supplement intake from specific results of your
unique body and metabolism.
The other very important benefit of this easy test method is
that it can help protect your health. As stated earlier, loss of
muscle can be dangerous, and eventually even fatal. If you are
dropping pounds but you are not burning fat, you are risking
your health. And the ketone test strips can provide this
To recap Doctors' Proven Weight Loss Secret #1: test for ketones
daily. If the reading is too dark, you can increase
carbohydrates to balance into the “trace” to “small” range. If
you see too little or no change, decrease your carbs, increase
your protein intake.
Whether you are low-carb dieting, trying a new fat loss
supplement, or starting a new exercise regimen, this simple,
inexpensive test method can be the most important tool you have
to make sure your program is safe, effective, and actually
Katrina Kern is an author, women's health counselor and former
practicing nurse. Get more exciting health and fat-loss
discoveries, and 10 more Doctors' Proven Weight Loss Secrets, in
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