Based on countless studies, it'll store the most concentrated source of fuel supplied to it via the foods & liquids consumed in the diet! And what do you believe is the most concentrated form of energy the body can store? Yep... it's FAT! And how does the body store this concentrated form of energy? As fat cells!
So if you have an abundance of fat, you're in a better position than one who has no fat. It's easier to build muscle if you already have an abundance of stored fat energy. That's why weighing yourself is a bit of a time-waste when one embarks on a weight loss program that involves resistive weight work! When you start building muscle, your body measurements can go down but your overall body weight can go up. That's simply because muscle weighs more than fat!
So presuming you're lucky enough to be abundant in concentrated energy... fat, what's the best way to transform this fat into lean muscle not bulk muscle?
First and foremost by removing the judgement that fat is bad! Fat is more of a friend to you on so many levels it's ridiculous.
Fat can also help prolong organ health by storing toxins that the body has been exposed to so these toxins don't circulate throughout the blood stream thus polluting and/or hindering the vital organs purpose of maintaining life/health/vitality that if not removed from the life-stream (your blood stream) can result in the worst case scenario... abstraction from the body!
So instead of judging fat, as fat is the most concentrated form of energy your body can utilise, the most best way of moving & using this wonderful blessing of energy is by using it. Move your body! Nothing hard core, just walking and breathing deeply will give you the positive results you're looking for and help keep you on track.
Once the practice of regular walking has been implemented, it is the slowing down of your body's fat storing habit by speeding up your body's processes of assimilating/burning fat contained in the foods you consume. This process of digestive assimilation (speeding up your body's fat burning potential) is called your metabolism.
Let's use a simple analogy to see a little clearer and get a glimpse of the bigger picture!
Imagine you're going to camp out for the night. You know, the tents, the stars, the mozzie's and best of all the camp fire. There's nothing quite like a camp fire to keep you warm once the sun goes down, cook up some food and heat water for a warm broth, soup, cup of tea (and to keep the parasites called mosquito's away).
To produce this heat (energy) to perform all these functions, you'll need to start a fire and keep this fire alight.
Obviously to build a fire up, your first step is to have access to fuel (in your body's food) in the form of small twigs and sticks. Once you have a small flame burning, you can continue adding easily combustible fuel to this small fire of twigs and sticks until you have a small fire that is burning well.
And as every good boy scout and girl guide know, the best way to build-up the heat and energy of your fire (so you can burn more fuel (fat), is to build-up a good thick layer of red-hot coals under your fire. You do this by feeding your fire regularly and also making sure there is a good supply of fresh oxygen (here's the exercise walking bit) available to feed and support your fire.
Over time, once you've built up a good bed of hot coals, your fire can then easily cope with the more concentrated forms of fuel being bigger branches and bigger logs (that's more complex foods and sugars in dietary terms).
Not in a literal sense, but with any fire and especially the digestive fires of the human body, if your digestive fires have been smouldering for various reasons for a prolonged period of time, digestive function will lose burning memory just like a candle!
Observe the way a candle burns when you first light it up. All good instruction will tell you to let the wax burn out to the outer rim and then blow out the flame. This action of letting the wax burn out to the outer rim will instill in the burning process a memory that can be easily repeated. Otherwise the outer reaches of wax won't be drawn into the centre of the fire.
Hence if your metabolic flame has lost its memory of drawing in and utilising the nutrients contained in the foods and liquids you consume, it's a sure sign that your bed of coals that ultimately supports your digestive fires (your saliva's) has been compromised.
If this is the case, then just like a camp fire, when you wake up to this fact (like waking up in the morning when you're camping), the way to rebuild your fire up with your coals in smoulder mode, isn't to add big branches and logs!
If you add big logs & branches like you did the night before straight onto smouldering coals (that's foods that are hard to digest) your coals (your metabolism) will unfortunately labour thus causing your fire to labour creating a sense of nutritive crisis that your body will address, with or without your conscious involvement.
Understand that the first function of your digestive fires starts in your mouth... your mouth saliva! This is why chewing all your foods into a liquid solution is the key to ALL digestive health. Apart from the well masticated consumables, every morning at breakfast (when you break-the-fast), tis best to return to the beginning of your camp fire building by again adding small twigs and sticks to build up a fire.
Small twigs and sticks in human terms is fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains. This way you will help build your digestive saliva's up (the alkalising & digestive processes of your body) so you can metabolise as many of the nutrients contained in the food you have eaten with as little burden placed on your body as possible.
Consuming easily digestible food throughout the morning, means that by mid-morning and lunch time you will have a small fire that is again producing good heat and can easily burn more concentrated fuels like foods that contain lot's of fat.
After waking, when you feed your fire coffee, soft drinks, bacon, eggs, meat (saturated fats and trans-fats), some margarine's etc, it's just like putting big indigestible logs onto a campfire whose coals are still smouldering from the night before. Your internal fire is not fired up and will not maintain a sufficient heat to transmute the raw ingredients of these ingested foods and liquids, and as a direct result, your digestive process will labour leaving you wondering why you're holding the weight and still putting on weight.
The gastrointestinal tract of the human body is in no way designed to metabolise animal flesh. The human body's gastrointestinal is very long when compared to the animal that does eat meat. The most valid reason for abstaining from animal based products is not physical though... it's more more spiritual. There's no love in the mindless slaughter of other loving sentient beings. It an ignorance that in today's world can be easily transfigured with the abundance of vegetable based nutrition.
If one still does choose to live in the past, then practice the timing of your chosen path to consume animal flesh to the middle of the day. At night time your fires are starting to subside. When you're active during the middle of the day your digestive fires can be better suited to deal with the putrefaction that occurs as a bi-product of the solidified animal blood one chooses to ingest. For that's the reality of what meat is really made from! Animal flesh just like human flesh is nourished, fed and made from the blood and is of the blood.
For as the old adage states... Blood is Life!
There's an old rule of thumb when it comes to what foods to eat and when which states...
Another little tip for the efficient utilisation of fats has to do with the processes of metabolic waste removal. To keep it really simple, it is advised to abstain from eating anything in the morning until that you've experienced your first bowel motion for the day. It's like making sure your exhaust pipe is working before you start revving up your engine.
How the organic-based digestive system works (animal and human digestive process) is so simple yet so unfathomable in its intricacies it's mind-blowing. Yet it all starts with how and what you first build your digestive fires up with when you first arise in the morning. Hence why breaking-the-fast (breakfast) is the most important meal of the day!