You have probably heard that “fat makes you fat.” And you actually believed it. But truth be told, being fat has nothing to do with the amount of fat you consume. Well, mostly but it depends on the kinds of fat you eat. Healthy fats are different from commercial processed oils and foods that contain fats, sugars, and processed grains. Read on to learn about good fats and how they help you.
Okay, from a simple caloric standpoint, this misconstrued statement may somehow make sense. In fact, a gram of fat has 9 calories, whereas a gram of proteins and carbohydrates each contain 4 calories. Now, even though calories contribute to weight conditions, they are just the itty bitty bit of the whole story.
To clear up this popular calorie myth, here’s exactly what happens when you consume calories:
See, a calorie isn’t just a calorie. What your body does with the calorie you consume is what actually counts. And, like we all know, calories are what generates the energy that our body needs for normal functioning. From this statement, it’s apparently clear that fats have a higher calorie count, but the calorie you take from eating fats will never be more than what your body needs.
Let’s pick a carrot for example. Once you’re done eating that one carrot–which of course has a lower calorie count, you’d have enjoyed your snack and that’s the end of it; no more carrots, unless you have a thing for carrots.’ The same illustration can also be used on fats.
On the flip side, try picking a potato chip. Once you’ve finishing snacking that single serving of potato chips, you’ll probably not be satisfied until you’ve cleared out the whole bag which is a number of servings. Far worse, your satisfied salt fix would in turn start yearning for something sugary to balance it out. And before you know it, you’ll be stuffing your body with that one thing that should be avoided at all cost—sugar.
What’s even more scary about sugar and starchy carbohydrates is the chemical substance stuffed in them—the excitotoxins. For you information, this is the chemical substance that usually blows your appetite, making it impossible for you to survive on a single serving of sugary products.
Although the fats we consume share a name with the fat that’s responsible for our big bellies and chunky thighs, it categorically doesn’t spur the hormonal dance that’s responsible for the formation of this fat. What triggers the creation of such fats is either the sugar or the starchy carbohydrates we consume and the emotional stress that triggers the craving in the first place.
Here’s a clear picture of what usually happens…
Every time you eat anything sweet, your blood sugar level rises too quickly, triggering your pancreas to secret insulin—the hormone responsible for getting rid of excess sugar from your blood. Now instead of carrying this sugar away into, say, your urinary track or somewhere else where it would never become a problem, this insulin usually converts the excess sugar into fats before storing it in our bellies and thighs. To be clear, it starts by storing the sugar as glycogen, and once the glycogen stores are full, it stores it as triglycerides—or fat, in layman’s language.
Besides stimulating the production of insulin, sugar also prevents glucagon from being operational in your body. Sorry for being a little technical here but its helpful for you to know. Glucagon is the hormone that mobilizes the stored sugar back into your blood stream blood for energy use. These two hormones are never present in the bloodstream at the same time. In simple words, if insulin in activated, glucagon will definitely not be there to stop it from using the excess sugar in your bloodstream to create the lumpy thighs and the chubby belly you dislike.
Fat doesn’t mobilize insulin…
Instead of helping sugar to stimulate the release of insulin, what fat does is slow down your sugar spike, thus reducing the sugar surge and mitigating on some of the ill-fated effects of sugar. That said, anyone who advises you to go for a fat free desert is literally advising you to let the excess sugar in your bloodstream make you fat.
Fats make your stomach feel full…
Unlike sugar, fats reduce your appetite. Their digestion triggers your satiation mechanism, thus reducing your hunger pangs. In fact, it’s for this reason that anyone who ever suggested a low-fat diet to you actually directed you down the wrong road. The truth is that your body needs fats to stay satisfied, despite the number of calories you take.
For sugars or foods that quickly convert to sugar in your blood stream (starchy or processed carbs like cereals, pastas, bread or potatoes), there’s no satisfied feeling once eaten. That’s to say they will be inspiring an overeating binge the moment you eat them. Actually, when the insulin has fully converted all the sugars in your bloodstream into the disdained belly and thigh fat, you’ll instantly start craving for more sugar. And by getting more… you’ll be making fat storage a continuous process, thus gaining more and more weight as days go by.
So not matter what the medical field and the food marketer tells you, biology says avoid sugars and processed foods. Eat good quality fats like avocados, nuts and seeds, fish, coconut oil, and olives. Avoid sugars and processed foods and your body will begin to lose the fat you don’t want.
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