I’m tacking a controversial topic today….Why do we get fat?
How can this approach possibly be a valid one to lose weight and to stay healthy? This is to assume that all calories were created equally, yet it doesn’t take a degree is physics to know that this is not the case. Were it true, we could all eat 5- 2 oz Snickers Candy Bars and copious Diet Cokes daily to be healthy and even to lose weight! Heck, I could eat even more with running my daily 6-10 miles! WOW! Folks, it’s just not true.
The quality of the food we eat is at the root of obesity, diabetes, and the myriad health issues in modern society.
Right now you’re thinking, “How can FAT make me FAT?” In a nutshell, when we eat food, such as bread or pasta, insulin is spiked because the food is quickly and easily broken down into sugar, which enters the bloodstream. With an excess of carbohydrates or sugar in the bloodstream comes an excess of insulin, and the action of excess insulin is to stimulate fat storage in adipose (fat) cells. As Rosalyn Yolow and Solomon Berson noted, “Insulin is the principal regulator of fat metabolism.”
Then the key to what makes us fat comes down to one principle…getting our bodies and cells to work correctly! Willpower, counting calories, exercise, gimmicks and fads – all the ideology upon which we typically rely are ineffective! Instead, it’s time to shift the paradigm to one of inclusively eating real, whole foods, rich in vegetables, some fruit, clean protein (for example pasture raised beef or chicken/wild salmon), and healthy fats (for example coconut oil, almonds/walnuts, flax seeds, and pasture raised beef, eggs, dairy), and some whole grains. In so doing, there is an absence of simple and processed carbohydrates such that insulin levels drop and fat is capable of escaping from fat tissues. The absence of insulin releases fatty acids from fat cells! It’s that easy!
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