Fat Makes You Fat: Truth or Myth
Fat makes you fat: truth or myth? Hold on! Are you implying that fat doesn’t make you fat? Why, wifey, what a preposterous idea! Fats are our number one enemy, the government told us so! And Mrs. Thomas in our Basic Health Class told us the same information all the way back in elementary or middle school. That’s why the government put fats at the top of the food guide pyramid and said to use it sparingly.
That’s right, that is what the government has told us all of our lives, but they lied. Now, I’m not here to get into a political debate or get into a discussion of conspiracy theories, but I am here to tell you that they’ve been wrong.
Maybe the research is all wrong. Perhaps their scientists used old school science. Or maybe, most likely, they are in cahoots with the drug companies. You know, the ones who make cold hard cash off of all of your prescriptions.
For many decades, we’ve believed misinformation about what fat is, how it works and how our bodies use it.
We Used to Eat A Lot of Fat
Look back at photographs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. What do you notice? The first thing that sticks out to me (aside from the frilly skirts and funky, psychedelic clothes) is the fact that almost every person is so skinny!
Now, let’s continue our journey down memory lane and think back to simpler times. How many fast food restaurants were there, how many households had home-cooked meals, and how many foods were readily accessible? Our snacks and junk foods line shelf after shelf, as high as seven feet tall, across every grocery store in America.
Most families used real butter, ate three square meals a day and had very little processed food. Of course, the lady of the house probably made desserts (every once in a while) but sweets and sugary drinks weren’t the norm.
Their diet consisted primarily of real foods. Meats, cheeses, and vegetables.
There’s a reason why the keto diet is also known as “The Caveman Diet”. It’s how cavemen used to eat: meat and veggies (primarily, green veggies that grew in the wild).
When Fat Got A Bad Wrap Sheet
Interestingly, even though families all over America had been consuming large amounts of fat, it didn’t begin to get a bad wrap sheet until readily available carbs appeared. That is, all the processed foods we have today. Cookies, chips, bagels, sugary cereals, granola bars, and you get the point. It’s a never-ending list.
Around this same time is when metabolic disorders such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity began to spike. This was the birth of the epidemic we have today.
What Does the Government Have To Do With Fat Makes You Fat?
Ironically, indeed, the government approached studies involving fat with a biased eye. Thus, the fat makes you fat verdict was met without ever having a fair trial.
So, what are you saying, wifey? What’s the truth? Read on to find out for yourself!
How Insulin Calls the Shots In Our Bodies
When we eat food, foods of any kind, our body doesn’t just magically process and convert those foods into fat, or molecules, or new cells, or whatever. They must be “transported” (think of a “train” shuttling all of the food) to their final destination, and this conductor (the man driving the “train”) is called insulin.
Insulin is largely in charge of determining where nutrients go and how our body is going to use them: for energy or for fat. This decision is based on what our organs need, depending upon their function.
However, when our bodies are fed carb-heavy foods (bread, rice, sugar and starches), our insulin has to work overtime.
What does this mean?
There’s such an excess of carbs that our bodies doesn’t know what to do with all of the “extra”, and to work at its optimal performance, it begins “hoarding” these extra nutrients into cells. Particularly, fat cells.
A Dangerous Recipe
While our fat cells have continued to grow and grow (from being well fed with excess carbs thanks to the government recommendations), our bodies lost insulin sensitivity which causes elevated glucose (blood sugar) levels as well as cholesterol levels. This resulted in setting the stage for high cholesterol and diabetes. High cholesterol comes from all the fat stored in our bodies, clogging our arteries. Diabetes is the result of elevated sugar levels over a long period of time, almost on a constant basis. It also resulted in the belief that “fat makes you fat”.
Our Bodies Do Not Like Fat to be Stored
Earlier, I wrote about our ancestors, dating all the way back to the caveman days until about fifty years ago, were relatively lean and healthy. This is thanks to a primary fat metabolism.
Since their diet primarily consisted of wild animals and whatever vegetables they may have had access to, and maybe the occasional forage of berries, their bodies heavily relied on fats (from the meats) for fuel.
The end result is that our bodies are meant to function off of fats, and not the cheaply, massed produced carbohydrate foods that litter the grocery markets, gas stations, and convenience stores.
Under the strict influence of insulin, though, fats are powerless to be burned directly as fuel because our bodies are too busy trying to burn off the sugars and starches (all carbs) before it calls upon our fat reserves for energy.
Following a ketogenic diet (high fat, low carb), our bodies no longer have carbs to burn for energy and therefore, must switch over to burning fat for energy as nature intended for the human body. Still think fat makes you fat?
Fats Do NOT Trigger Insulin Release
Fact: You can consume a whole cow and not experience an insulin spike, which causes your body to oxidize the fat directly for fuel. Without the influence of carbs, and those nasty insulin spikes that lead to metabolic conditions, fats are easily burned off instead of being stored as fat cells.
Truth: Fat is not bad for you when eaten alone. Fat is only bad for you when paired with carbohydrates (sugars and starches).
Reasoning: Your body has to burn off the sugars and starches because nature never intended for our bodies to use them for energy, so it must rid itself of them right away before it can begin to use fat for energy.
Eating a ketogenic diet consists of a high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate diet, which puts your body into optimal fat-burning mode, and is one of the most “approved diets” of the world governments.
In places such as Europe, their sugar and starch consumption is far, far less than that of the “typical” American diet. Their residents are not as overweight or obese as Americans and their healthcare system works much differently than ours. Their government pays for their healthcare whereas us Americans pay for our own.
A deliberate ploy to make billions off the (m)asses of fat people? Hmmm, I’ll let you be the judge. It IS coming out of your pocket, after all.
Studies That Support Low-Carb Diets
Many studies that have proven consuming a low-carb diet is more effective in losing actual pounds, reducing cholesterol and drastically cutting down on insulin levels. Low-carb is the most effective weight loss method for burning body fat. Fat, literally, melts away.
Need more proof? Ask the thousands of people whom were obese and successfully lost the weight and kept it off if you’re still not convinced.
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