What? Fat Helps You Burn Fat?
Yes, it’s true.
The fact is fats have been demonized by many in the food and medical industry because of bad science.
When the food pyramid was being fashioned in the last 70s, the thought at the time was in order to lose weight you had to cut your fat intake.
“Experts” incorrectly assumed that fat, being higher in calories per gram, was to be avoided if you want to lose weight.
And so they created dietary guidelines around this thought.
Too bad it’s not true.
Take a look at “Fat 101.”
Your body is actually designed to run off of fat as its main energy source.
That’s because when fat is broken down it forms ketones, and ketones are used as an extremely efficient way to energize your body. When the body uses fat as its primary energy source it’s called ketosis.
On the other hand, carbs are an inefficient fuel source. Truth is, when your body encounters carbs it “tucks” them away to use as energy later on. Those carbs actually turn into fat.
Even your brain, which typically uses glucose to operate, does well when it’s deprived of carbs.
Thats because when your body is using only ketones your liver produces a ketone-like substance called beta-hydroxybutyrate (or beta-hydroxybutyric acid). And beta-hydroxybutyrate is an extremely efficient fuel source for your brain.
But to understand how eating fat makes you lose fat you just need to think of your body as a “fat burning machine.”
Most people who eat a diet that is high carb will have constantly fluctuating levels of blood sugar (glucose). When your blood sugar moves up and down as often as it does with a high carb diet, you’ll eat more (because of insulin spikes) and you’ll create more fat.
You see, eating fat doesn’t cause you to store fat. Eating carbs causes you to store fat.
Insulin spikes make your body believe that the food you just ate needs to be stored (as fat) immediately. That’s why carbs are so dangerous for people who want to lose weight.
When you want to lose weight you have to keep your insulin levels flat.
The only way to accomplish this is by eating a diet that is high in both fat and protein, and low in carbs.
Ideally, you’ll want a ratio where fat and protein are 80-90% of your total calories ingested.
And typically you’ll want to consume more fat because it’s easier for your body to turn into energy.
Now you can’t jut eat any kind of fats to make this work for you.
First, you need to eat animal fats, or other healthy fats like coconut oil or olive oil. You also need to avoid inflammatory fats like vegetable oils (soy, grapeseed, canola, soy, peanut). That’s because inflammatory fats like this can cause other adverse health effects, as well as limiting your ability to lose fat.
Animal fats that come from wild caught, pasture raised, grass fed animals will be high in Omega-3s, CLA (a type of fat) and other nutrients that are all associated with weight loss.
And while you’re at it, you need to reduce your intake of one of nature’s hidden “fat makers”…