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Eating Fat Burns Fat!

Eating Fat Burns Fat! 960 640 Janie

It seems to contradict logic but a very effective way to burn fat is to eat fat.

Well, before you quote some government agency or health care professional that has told you to eat less fat, take a look around you. We are consuming less fat than ever, and do you see too many healthy people? The truth is that the “low-fat” experiment has not worked – in fact it has made things worse, and here’s why.

Whatever you eat the most of, your body will do whatever is needed to burn and store that food as efficiently as possible. If you eat a lot of carbohydrates your body will become an insulin-making glucose-processing machine focused on storing glucose in fat and muscle cells for future use. It is using pretty much all of its processing energy to tuck the sugar away as fat (because glucose is toxic at high levels), instead of breaking down fat. Eating carbs makes you fat because it turns on the pathways to convert glucose to fat, and turns off the pathways that breakdown fat into energy.

If you eat a lot of fat on the other hand your body happily utilises this for its main source of energy. Healthy real fats are not toxic to the body at all, so there is no need for the body to focus on storing it all away immediately. In fact the body doesn’t particularly like to store digested fat as fat – it would much rather use it for energy instead of spending precious energy tucking it away somewhere unless it absolutely has to. Eating fat also down-regulates the enzymes that convert glucose into fat, so those carbs you do eat actually get used more for energy than fat storage.

If you eat low-fat your body becomes a fat storage machine. If you eat fat your body becomes a fat-burning machine.

There is a happy medium with enough fats to keep you burning fat, and enough carbohydrates to keep your metabolism going.

For optimum health you need to get 50-55% of your energy intake from healthy fats like those from organic, free-range meats, eggs and fish, full-fat butter, cream, yoghurt, lard, tallow, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, olive oil, nut butters and avocado oil for example. In addition to those fats you get from your meat, fish and eggs, add other fats into your meals, like butter onto your vegetables or olive oil onto your salad. And go for full-fat varieties and non-lean meat – we NEED fat to absorb fat soluble vitamins like vitamin D and K2.

For weight maintenance get 25-30% of your energy intake from safe carbohydrates like vegetables, white rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes – most people are getting well over 50% of their dietary energy from carbs so halve your current carb content. Eat your carbs with fat and vinegar to reduce the GI so that it is broken down into glucose even slower. Avoid sugar and wheat and other gluten containing cereal grains (rye, spelt, millet, barley) and other grains and legumes (dried beans, lentils, chick peas, quinoa, oats, buckwheat, amaranth) should always be soaked or fermented according to traditional practices to eliminate toxins – otherwise you will find that you will be consuming more anti-nutrients than nutrients and your carbs become part of the problem instead of the solution.

For weight loss, or if you have insulin resistance, you will need even less carbohydrates – and so accordingly you need more fat! Limiting your carbohydrate intake will stabilise insulin levels which will promote the use of stored fat for energy and lead to fat loss, not weight loss. It will also help heal from pre-diabetes or diabetes type 2 as these conditions are a disorders of carbohydrate metabolism.

Of course everyone is an individual and some people need more or less carbohydrates to sustain their metabolism at an optimum level. And the more active you are, the more carbohydrates you may need. So you may need to experiment yourself to find the right amounts that turn you into a fat-burning machine. Or THRIVE Health can help you with this – contact us for more information.