Fat does not make you fat ! Find out what does…..
Your inability to burn fat is what makes you fat. Fat metabolism is not controlled by your caloric intake but by your hormones. One such hormone is leptin. Leptin, which is also known as “fat burning hormone” signals your brain to regulate fat burning,cravings,sense of being full etc. Leptin works only if your body has a good percentage of fats which is rare these days since most people follow the standard American Diet of low fats which automatically means high carbs. Since the 1970’s North Americans’ dietary fat consumption has dropped from 40% to 34% while the rate of obesity has increased from 14% to 22%( Burne, Health:The Myth of the Low-Fat diet).
I am talking about Healthy Fats here…don’t forget healthy fats make up for 70% of your brain tissue….
Here are some of the healthy fats that are great for consumption
- Wild-caught fish
- Grass fed beef
- Naturally raised animals
Damaged fats are the type of fats to totally avoid since they are the main reason for inflammation and damage,heart attacks and stroke. Our bodies cannot metabolize these fats hence they are big time contributors of weight gain and rise in cholesterol.
Damaged fats to avoid
- Vegetable oil
- Canola oil
- Trans fats
If you want to know how to regulate your hormones, restore cell membrane function and reduce the chances of inflammation chances are you will need to get on to a low carb,high fat(good fats) diet.
Take care of your body…it is the only place you have to live in !
I cannot emphasize enough on the importance of taking responsibility for your own health for you, for your loved ones .
Eat right to have a healthy body not just for weight loss. This is what I would highly recommend if you are ready to burn that fat off your body.
- Increase your intake of healthy fats
- Eliminate grains,sugar and have minimal fruits(before noon preferably)
- Moderate your intake of protein
No, I am not recommending a ketogenic diet. Yes, I do recommend low carb intake. Some bodies thrive very well with a low carb diet just like mine. Some don’t feel all that great with increased intake of fat like my husband. If you are a woman and are over 35 trying to shed those extra pounds and finding it challenging , the above recommended plan could be for you.
Is ketogenic diet for me?
As you know we are training our body to burn fat for fuel. So if you are not used to this kind of eating program make the changes slowly….increase your healthy fats at a slow pace. Do not eliminate sugar right away but decrease it slowly. Stay hydrated. Exercise moderately. Remember again we are training our body and are going to study the responses to understand how it functions. Our focus here is not to go really low on carbohydrates but to keep it at moderate levels….the focus is on eliminating sugars and damaged fats from your body. Ketogenic diet is very much an individual thing. Your genetic type is a determining factor on whether you need to stay on ketogenic diet or not.
I did benefit from Ketogenic diet ! Realized it is not a sustainable lifestyle for me !!
Before I decided to get on with ketogenic diet I was on a low-fat diet, now I needed to be full with other macronutrients which are carbohydrates and protein. So you must have definitely got it by now that I was on a high carbohydrate diet with moderate protein since I am also a vegetarian(protein sources being limited for vegetarians). With my high-intensity workouts in the morning and being on an eating plan of this sort I was constantly hungry..it is not an exaggeration .I would eat every hour and I was tired of snacking, munching all the time. My way of eating was negatively impacting my blood sugar levels, insulin metabolism and also weight gain. I was not burning fat as the primary fuel for energy.We have been trained to consume carbs to use up the energy which is stored in the form of glycogen. Nothing wrong with this process. As I said earlier it is a very individualized approach as far as what eating plan works for you. Focus on listening to your body because that is exactly what I did. I had to change…something had to change…I was quick to move on to ketogenic diet and loved it for that short period of time. It was working great for my body and I did not have those hunger signs anymore. I had stopped confusing my brain. Healthy saturated fats like in organic eggs, nuts and avocado fill me up and I can stay for 3-4 hours between meals. I get my carbs from vegetables like eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers etc. I snacked on nuts and seeds or nothing at all. I ate only when I was hungry and my body loved it. I felt more youthful and energetic each day.
Keto might not be for you !!
I soon realized it was almost impossible to sustain a ketogenic diet especially for me since I travel internationally and also when I am out with friends or family vacationing etc. My body had kicked me out of ketosis once and I had gained about 15lbs. I was not going to let that happen to me again. Studying my own body and understanding different body types and their response to foods led me to create a few nutrition packages that have been working amazing for me as well as my clientele.
If you are at a risk for heart disease please consult a physician and check your triglycerides to HDL ratio…
More on medium chain triglycerides and its effects on weight loss is my next blog which will be of great benefit to you. Until then …
Cheers to healthy living !