April 19, 2017
In this guest blog post, the founder and CEO of VEEP (the Visual Eating and Exercise Program), Joel Greene, discusses another non-time-intensive way to get lean and live longer: finding and harnessing your body's natural daily rhythm. VEEP is now available at all YMCA of Metro Chicago membership centers, either as a standalone program or a free addition to our Y MaxTraining System® and Advanced Y MaxTraining System® options.
Throughout the month of April, the Y is also hosting a series of free VEEP webinars (see the bottom of this post). To view this week's webinar, click here. Here's Joel Greene:
New science tells us the human body has a natural daily rhythm and cycle, which is directly tied to your ever-changing metabolism. The next step in breaking the time and energy paradigm is to figure out how your body regulates time! Once you understand how your body works with its own clock, you’ll see that timing can be very powerful.
First, your body self-regulates its need for energy over a 24-hour period. Sometimes it expends more energy than it has, and other times it stores energy as fat. What is important is to understand both of these things (burning fat and storing fat) happen in a single 24-hour period.
When you wake up, are you burning fat or storing fat?
If you answered burning fat, you’re correct. You body is trying to raise its blood sugar by making hormones that burn fat.
After lunch, are you most likely burning fat or storing fat? Most of the time, you store a bit of fat after lunch, but it can vary depending on what you eat.
During the long stretch of the afternoon, you start to feel hungry because you haven’t eaten in several hours. Are you most likely burning fat or storing fat?
Correct again. You’re probably starting to burn a little fat. Hunger is a signal that your body needs energy and this signal correlates to rising blood sugar and burning fat.
What about after dinner? Or while you sleep? As you can see, the burning fat vs. storing fat cycle can happen several times during a single 24-hour period. Once you learn about the body’s 24-hour cycle, you also learn the times your body is most likely burning fat. And once you learn those times, we can actually extend the fat-burning periods and make the fat-storing stretches shorter.
How? By listening to the signals of the food you eat. Once again, this isn’t time-intensive. It’s based on learning, and it’s permanent. The upshot of learning how to work with your body’s 24-hour cycle is freedom. VEEP gives you the freedom to eat the kind of food you want and still burn fat.
Want to learn more about VEEP? Register for the following FREE webinars throughout the month of April.
VEEP Webinar #1 - The Time and Energy Problem
Wednesday, April 5
We recorded this webinar for you right here. How to overcome the most common barrier between you and a leaner, healthier body: finding the time and energy to exercise and eat smart.
VEEP Webinar #2 - Optimal Gut, Optimal Life
Wednesday, April 12
We recorded this webinar for you right here. Did you know that the kinds of bacteria in your stomach can make a huge impact on your long-term health? We'll teach you how to use widely available foods to "recolonize" your gut with healthier bacteria.
VEEP Webinar #3 - Finding Your Natural Daily Rhythm
Wednesday, April 19
We recorded this webinar for you right here. How to understand your body's unique 24-hour cycle, and harness it for more energy and better health. Click Here to register. You can attend the webinar from your computer via the link above, or dial in on your phone to listen to the audio (415.655.0060, access code 656.161.356).
VEEP Webinar #4 - Listening to Food Signals
Wednesday, April 26
Instead of tracking units of energy like calories, we'll teach you how to read the signals of the food you eat and plan your meals accordingly. Click Here to register. You can attend the webinar from your computer via the link above, or dial in on your phone to listen to the audio (631.992.3221, access code 149.818.280).
Interested in learning more about VEEP? Contact your local Y for more details. It’s available at all 20 of the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s membership locations.