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What Does Burning Fat Have To Do With Immunity?
For years, you’ve been hearing me talk about the advantages of a fat-burning metabolism for weight loss and overall health. (My own signature program—The Metabolic Factor—is all about changing from a sugar burner to a fat burner while watching yourself get leaner and healthier.)
So while you’re probably familiar with how great being a fat-burner is for weight loss, you might not be familiar with how great it is for your immunity.
So let’s do a little thought exercise together.
The Underlying Conditions That Spell Disaster If You Get COVID
What are the “underlying conditions” that spell disaster for people who test positive for COVID-19?
Don’t bother to look it up, I’ll save you the time:
Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, asthma, chronic kidney disease, and liver disease.
Now riddle me this: What do they all have in common?
Here’s the answer: Insulin resistance.
How do we treat insulin resistance? All together, class: with diet!
Yup, a simple, high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet is exactly how functional medicine practitioners—from the Scripps Institute in San Diego to Duke University in Durham—treat insulin resistance when they see it, and they see it constantly.
So let’s do some coronavirus math. Six of the main conditions that put you at risk for dying are significantly benefitted by a high-fat, low-carb diet. That’s in the published research.(1,2,3,4,5,6)
Those conditions are made worse with a sugar-burning metabolism and better with a fat-burning one.
And a low-carb, high fat diet is the exact prescription for developing a fat-burning metabolism.
So just to be clear, the very same diet that helps you lose weight, reverse or stall the progression of diabetes, and lower your risk for heart disease is the very same diet that may help you survive a challenge like COVID-19, because it will reduce the likelihood of having the very underlying conditions that spell disaster if you get the virus.(7,8)
What Kind Of Fat Burner Are You?
If you’d like to find out more about how effectively you burn fat for fuel, I developed this free quiz. It will determine what level of fat burner you are (they range from 1to 4), which is important, because the type of program you need will be different depending on where you score.
To take the free fat-burning quiz, click here