Does Fat Make You Fat?

Does Fat Make You Fat?

The “fat makes you fat” theory is appealing because it’s simple. Eat less fat and you’ll become less fat (also known as the “less in, less on” theory). The low-fat diet is seductive… and yet, research shows it’s not exactly true.

Fat has both an incriminating name and an incriminating appearance. The word fat“fat” is one of the most hated words in the English language, and it is so easy to look at the fat encircling a slab of beef and envision it encircling your waist.

Because the fat you eat and the fat hanging off your body are essentially the same in appearance, composition, and consistency, the association between dietary fat and body fat is inviting.

Add the fact that, gram for gram, fat has more than twice the calories of protein or carbohydrate and there seems to be a strong scientific basis for the low-fat dietary prescription.

Then look at the fact that high fat consumption is correlated with high rates of obesity in the United States (but be sure to ignore the fact that lower fat consumption, the trend in recent years, is correlated with an even higher rate of obesity!) and the “fat makes you fat” theory appears bulletproof.

It seems to make perfect sense that, since fat has nine calories per gram and carbohydrate has four calories per gram, if you replace fat with carbohydrate you will consume fewer calories and lose bodyfat.

This simplistic reasoning lies at the heart of the low-fat dietary paradigm. However, while the logic is sound, both of the underlying assumptions are flawed. (This situation is similar to adding five plus eight and getting thirteen, and then looking more closely and discovering that the five is really a six – the arithmetic is correct but the result is nonetheless inaccurate.)

For one, reducing calories is generally not an effective way to reduce bodyfat because your metabolism up-regulates or down-regulates to match caloric intake. In other words, calorie restriction induces a metabolic slowdown that offsets the calorie deficit.

The other assumption is that you will eat fewer calories when carbohydrates are substituted for fat, is also incorrect. Fat appears to reduce food cravings while carbohydrates appear to stimulate cravings by initiating hormonal hunger. In fact, although fat contains more than twice the calories per gram of carbohydrate, fat stalls hunger for about 3 times as long.

So guess what happens when you replace fat with carbohydrate. You wind-up eating at least as many calories as you had before you reduced your fat intake. But now your diet is less pleasurable, and you are not getting the fat-burning effects of fat.

If you take into consideration how many people follow the “experts” instructions on how to cut fat and increase carbohydrate intake – in reality people become fatter and in addition have to endure the pain of cravings as a result – it occurs to you what a huge mistake this has been.

The high-carb/low-fat blunder recalls a similar error from years ago that still holds sway over many people today: we were given dire warnings by health authorities to cut cholesterol. Like the “fat makes you fat” theory, the anti-cholesterol theory makes sense on the surface. But, also like the “fat makes you fat” theory, the missing piece of the puzzle is hormones.

Hormones – HGH Supplementation

HGH supplements can have a huge impact on fat loss. This has been revealed in a number research studies. Fat loss looks like the most dramatic outcome perhaps it is something that is easy to see.

Carb Sensitivity Quiz

Carb Sensitivity Quiz

Here’s a short quiz that will show you if you have signs that point to carb sensitivity.

1. Do you work out but see no results or lost inches?

2. When dieting are you usually hungry or starving?

3. Are you overweight, although you don’t eat more than your slimmer friends?

4. Do you often find yourself munching at night or binging?

5. Do you often crave carbohydrates, particularly sweets, breads, pasta, chips, pretzels or popcorn?

6. Do you have or have you had hypoglycemia symptoms or yeast infections?

7. Do you have gas or indigestion or take a lot of anti acids?

8. Have you tried many weight loss diets, only to lose little or no weight?

9. Do you suffer from several of the following: irritability, bouts of fatigue, mood swings, difficulty concentrating or sleeping, anxiety and sadness without definable cause or foggy thinking?

If you answered yes to 5 or more of these questions there is a strong possibility you are Carb sensitive and you might want to consider a Carb Clean-Out Plan.

Additionally, a Carb Clean-Out Plan may be beneficial for you if any of the following conditions apply:

– hypoglycemia
– crohns disease
– wheat allergy
– irritable bowel syndrome

Check with you physician before using Carb Clean-Out Plan if you have liver disease, sluggish liver, colorectal cancer, arteriosclerosis, gall bladder removal, hereditary conditions of iron overload or antacid abuse.

Is Soy Really a Good Thing?

Is Soy Really a Good Thing?
Is Soy Really a Good Thing?
Many people all over the world are trying various products in order to lose weight, be healthy, and to look good. One of the most popular products on the market these days, though, are the ones that contain soy. This ingredient has taken the world by storm.

Everyone thinks this ingredient is good for them none really know why. So, is this small little ingredient such a great thing or are there really no benefits to consuming it? This article will answer that question!

It’s very important to discuss what soy all has in it in order to figure out if it’s really healthy or not. It contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, which are very important since many people don’t have enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. It contains polyunsaturated fat, which is a good fat, and a lot of vitamins, such as B-vitamins, zinc, and iron.

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Kicking Carb Cravings

Statistics show that only 5% of dieters are successful at keeping the weight off after a two-year period.

Everyone wants to look, feel and perform their best! Anyone who says otherwise is to say the least, “in a bit of a quandary.” But there is more to looking, feeling and performing your best than meets the eye. Many of us will do almost anything to reach our physical ideal.

With almost one-third of women and one-quarter of men either starting or finishing a diet at any one given time, one can quickly appreciate the shear magnitude of the situation. But this is a situation filled with confusion and deception. Confusion due to the fact that there are new diets popping up almost every other month. But how could all these diets work when they all resort to different means? The deception comes in the fact that 99% of these diets are set up for failure!

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Why Fruit Benefits Your Health

healthy-nutrition-newsFruit is one of the most important sources of minerals and vitamins and many people are unaware of this and continue to consume vast quantities of protein and starchy foods. The result of this is that there is increasing incidence of diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Fruit can help to put all this to a stop.

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Some Fats Are Definitely a Necessity

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healthy-nutrition-newsIt is well established in scientific circles that you must have fats in your diet if you are to remain healthy and vibrant. Scientists estimate that a healthy diet should contain no more than 30% fat. Fats help improve the immune system and help in the absorption of beta-carotene and vitamins A, D, K.

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Avoid Blood Sugar Imbalance and Diabetes with Simple Herbal Solutions

Consider these staggering statistics: according to the American Diabetes Association, about 24 million people suffer from diabetes and a whopping 5 million people are undiagnosed and don?t even know they have the disease! 1 Overall, 54 million Americans suffer from some degree of blood sugar imbalance and insulin resistance. 1 Most of these people have type II diabetes, which is largely preventable with a healthy diet low-carb, low-sugar diet

healthy-nutrition-newsAbout 24 million people suffer from diabetes and a staggering 5 million people are undiagnosed and don?t even know they have the disease! 54 million Americans suffer from some aspect of blood sugar imbalance and insulin resistance. Most of these people have type II diabetes, which is mostly preventable with a healthy diet low-carb, low-sugar diet

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Soy – Health Food Extraordinaire

Most people today view soybeans as a health food extraordinaire.? But lately you may have seen conflicting opinions as to whether it is healthy or not.? As a common food allergen that is high in goitrogens 1 (substances that interfere with thyroid hormones), there are some valid concerns. So, should you eat tofu and other soy foods or leave them alone

healthy-nutritionMost people today view soybeans as an important part of a healthy diet.? But lately you may have seen conflicting opinions as to whether it is indeed healthy or not.? As a common food allergen that is high in goitrogens 1 (substances that interfere with thyroid hormones), there are some legitimate concerns. So, the question is – should you eat soy foods or pass?

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