Western civilisation are well aware that they are in an epidemic of obesity. Unfortunately a big part of the problem is that the majority of society are still stuck in the ‘fat phobic’ revolution of the 90’s.
We relentlessly hear the term “don’t eat that because it is full of fat” and the assumption is, that if if a certain food has fat in it, then it will make us fat. The truth is however the opposite.
Modern science is proving more clearly that in order to burn fat you must eat fat. A massive proportion of our population typically have a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fat. This type of food combining has shown to make you a ‘fat storing’ machine which is has a suppressed level of energy and immune system function.
The truth is that without fats, our body can not function optimally at all, nor can it use fats as an energy source.
Key roles for fats in the diet:
- absorb fat-soluable vitamins A,D, E, K (without fat we can become deficient in these essential nutrients)
- produce cell membranes
- insulate the body and organs
- produce hormones
- maintain core temperature
- protect the body
- makes up components of the brain and nerve cells
- helps body absorb and process many nutrients
- allow us the burn stored fat as an energy source
Read the full article of the need for fats in the body here.
Subcutaneous fat found around our organs has shown to require dietary fat to be used as an energy source. According to researchers at Washington University of Medicine in Saint Louis, dietary fat helps break down stored fat by activating PPAR- alpha and fat burning pathways through the liver. Read the full article of this chemical pathway here.
Doctor John Whitcomb, one of the worlds most distinguished functional doctors claims that ‘by starving the body of starch and sugar, you will loose weight (as fat)’ because you are closing off the bodies ability to store fat.
As soon as you consume sugar, you stimulate your hormone insulin to uptake the sugar into the blood stream. This activation of insulin also tells the body to go into fat storage mode and makes it impossible to burn fat as an energy source, regardless of what exercise or training you are engaged in at the time.
Doctor Whitcomb teaches that by consuming 70 % of your daily food intake as ‘good’ fats (both saturated from a healthy source such as a grass fed animal and unsaturated such as avocado and coconut) you will turn into a fat burning machine plus have high amounts of energy, concentration and a resilient immune system.
He recommends that individuals eat only 1- 1.5 (for high level exercisers) grams of protein per kilogram of their body weight and only 20 grams of carbohydrate per day. This small amount of carbohydrate should be consumed in the evening meal only, as if it is eaten any earlier in the day, it risks switching from burning fat as fuel, to storing it instead which will plummet energy, clarity and concentration level.
One key point to bear in mind is to keep your intake of healthy salts (such as pink Himalayan salt) up as if you don’t you risk feeling extremely lethargic due to excreting all of your sodium out through your urine with a low carbohydrate diet.
By eating this way for health we are in fact following a ketosis-style diet. Wikipedia describes the state of ketosis as being the ‘bodies fat burning mode’. This is where the body switched from using stored carbohydrates as energy to fat storage.
So it makes perfect sense to steer away from the old myth that in order to loose fat we must not eat it. Modern day research of food combining is actually really clear and so simple. In order to support our bodies ability to live healthily and heal itself, we must eat good fats and as a result, we will also loose body fat as we go as a bonus.