Fat Only Makes You Fat When Paired With Carbohydrates – Truth Or Myth?
Wait a minute. So you mean to tell me fats are not the bad guys? That they are merely “accomplices,” or the subject of peer pressure?
Yep, chances are you’ve been wrong about fat your entire life.
As a caveat, let me just say that the fat I’m talking about here is the healthy kinds. Not the lard, trans and other garbage stuff… just the healthy fats.
For decades we’ve been ‘feeding on’ misinformation. (See what I did there?)
To illustrate, a great example would be to say, “People that are born have a 100% chance of dying.” We know that we all have to die, but being born is not the direct cause of death.
That sums up the similar assumptions made on fat. That whole idea of, “You are what you eat.”
You and I were told if you eat fat, you’ll be fat.
Interestingly, fat began to get a bad name the same time the introduction of readily available carbs appeared. Think breakfast cereals, and snacks. Thanks Dr. Kellogg and General Mills.
At the same time, cases of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, a range of metabolic disorders and obesity began to spike.
Studies involving fats weren’t blindly done. They were done with a biased eye. The verdict was decided before having a fair trial.
So what is the truth? Read on and find out yourself!
Insulin Calls The Shots Behind The Scenes
When we ingest foods, be it fats, carbs or proteins, the molecules contained in them do not magically turn into fat, or new cells or whatever. They must be “shuttled” to their final destination. On their trip through your body, the conductor is insulin.
Under normal circumstances (by normal, we mean occasional stimulation), insulin is the prodigal hormone. It’s important for ensuring nutrients get where they have to go, so that cells and subsequent organs function like they’re supposed to.
However, following the consumption of carb heavy foods, insulin started working overtime, “hoarding” nutrients into cells. Specifically into fat cells.
As these fat cells grew, and insulin lost sensitivity, a dangerous cocktail of elevated blood sugar and fat levels resulted, setting the stage for diabetes and high cholesterol.
Fat Does Not Like To Be Stored
Research has shown that our ancestors were very lean and healthy, all thanks to a primary fat metabolism.
Their diets consisted mainly of wild animals with the occasional berries and roots.
The result was a metabolism that used fats for fuel. The way we were meant to function but altered via means of mass produced cheap carbohydrate foods.
Under the influence of insulin, however, fats are powerless to be burned directly as fuel, and will only be called upon in cases when sugars are low.
So if our fuel source, sugar or more accurately glycogen stores are never used, how do we get rid of fat once we start storing it?
There are two ways to get rid of stored fat.
1.) Deplete your glycogen storage so that the body will turn to fat for energy
2.) Exercise like crazy and make the body give it up.
The second choice isn’t that much fun but the first one… now that’s the ticket. Ketosis
is a wonderful thing!
Low carb and ketogenic eating plans allow the body to go after fat stores for fuel. The true beauty of using fat as a primary fuel source is revealed, along with your abs!
Fats Do Not Stimulate Insulin Release
Fact: you can literally eat a whole cow and not experience a surge of insulin, causing your body to begin oxidizing the fat directly for fuel.
However, the typical idea of a meal includes both carbohydrate and fat, resulting in storage of both in cells until needed (if ever).
Without the influence of carbs, and associated insulin spikes, fats are easily burned off and not stored in fat cells.
Truth: healthy fat is not bad for you by itself but let insulin get involved and oh boy… problems.
What’s even more revealing is the fact that the ketogenic diet; one high fats, moderate in proteins and low in carbs, promotes weight loss and leads to improved health.
Keto based eating is far and away better that the “approved diets” of the world’s governments and their leading medical advisors.
A deliberate ploy to enrich pharmaceutical companies and food manufacturing? Hmmm I hope not!
The many studies that have shown low carb diets to be more effective in actual pounds lost and reducing cholesterol levels than low fat diets support the theory, that low carb is more effective for weight loss and burning body fat.
Of course, you can also ask the thousands of people, many of whom were obese, who have successfully lost weight and kept it off with a low carb diet if you’re still not convinced.
There are many low carb based diets and Ketogenic eating plans. The challenge with many is that they are regimented and hard to follow.
When I was looking to lose weight after having my children I turned to Keto for fast and effective results.
I’ve developed what I did into a great program; The Flexible Keto System for Weight Loss.
I’m sure you will love it if you are looking to lose weight, improve your health and do it in next to no time with incredible ease and support!
Take a look and see what you think. Maybe Flexible Keto is just what the Dr ordered!