Does Fat Make You Fat?
Everywhere we turn says that in order to lose weight, we need to eat less fat. Eating fat-free has been proven to make you lose weight, right? Wrong! Because all fats are not created equal, we may be starving our bodies of a much-needed nutrient.
Eating fat does not make you fat; it is actually the inability to burn fat that makes you fat.
Let me explain ..
You see, your brain only has two sources of energy: (1) fat and (2) sugar.
We are so inundated with eating sugar on a daily basis that our brains have forgotten how to burn fat for energy. Most of us today don’t burn fat because we have only become sugar burners.
When we eat that much sugar, our bodies are in a constant state of inflammation. It’s really a hormone problem, and that’s the reason we don’t burn fat, because our body is not hearing the hormone called leptin.
Every single fat cell in your body (and we have trillions, mind you) releases a hormone called leptin to your brain, and it says ..
.. “Hey, burn me for energy. I’m just sitting here.”
Well, when our bodies are in a state of inflammation due to how much sugar we eat, our brains can no longer hear that hormone leptin. Your fat cells look at their neighbors and say ..
.. “Hey guys, the brain cannot hear what we’re trying to say, so we’re clearly not yelling loud enough. Let’s reproduce our cells so that we can yell louder.”
This means that you have just gained weight without adding a single calorie to your diet, because your body, your fat cells, are trying to tell your brain to burn them for energy, and it’s just not working.
Is this making sense?
Another benefit to eating really good fats is that it produces cholesterol. Now, I know cholesterol has been demonized for the most part, but did you know that it is the first hormone of all your hormone chains? That means you need cholesterol to produce all of your other hormones. It’s that important.
Cholesterol is also an anti-inflammatory. So, you know earlier when we were talking about your body being in a state of inflammation when you eat so much sugar?
Cholesterol is the key to actually help reduce that inflammation.
Cholesterol is also a protector that protects your brain from toxins found in your body. You have what is called a blood-brain barrier, and it resides around the base of your neck. It protects your brain from the toxins in your body, and it is made out of cholesterol.
If our body is comprised out of certain nutrients, it’s critical that we replenish our body with those same nutrients in order to function normally and ward off disease.
But not all fat is created equal, and this is where the problem typically lies with our Standard American Diet (SAD).
To use fat, you have to be able to utilize it by breaking it down or burning it.
There are some severe dangers in fat consumption, but they’re not what you’ve been made to think. Let’s look at the ability to use a natural, good fat (or a God fat) versus a manmade fat. We’ve been told for years that the healthier option is manmade fats.
Now, to show you how our bodies break down fat, we created a video and used the mac-daddy of tools to show us about synthetic fats versus good fats. We used an 1,800-degree blowtorch against a Twinkie (synthetic, fake fats) and against a homemade cookie (natural, good fats).
Check out the below video to see the blowtorch take on both.
Twinkie vs 1,800 Degree Blowtorch
If you watched the video, you noticed the homemade cookie was made with natural, organic butter, coconut oil, all kinds of other good, natural, God-made fats that our body can easily break down.
When the 1,800-degree flame of the blowtorch hit the cookie, it immediately began incinerating. The fat literally dripped right off because this fat (good fat) is melting right away.
Even when the flame was removed, the cookie was still burning, as it actually caught on fire and retained the heat from the blowtorch.
The oils in there are good, natural oils in their natural state, so you can see how they burn and incinerate the cookie. Your body will easily be able to break this fat down.
The Twinkie had a different fate. Now, obviously, Twinkies are comprised of synthetic fats. When the 1,800-degree flame of the blowtorch was applied to the Twinkie, it actually repelled the flames.
Think about that; our bodies don’t get anywhere near as hot as that blowtorch.
So how can our bodies be expected to break down these synthetic fats if even a blowtorch can’t do it?
After this test, the cookie was still on fire, burning with all those natural, good fats. The Twinkie, however, didn’t retain the flame or catch on fire, even after all that heat. So ask yourself, how in the world can your body be expected to break down those synthetic oils if the blowtorch can’t?
The statement that fat makes you fat is a myth.
Fat is an essential nutrient that we need for hormone production, brain function, weight loss, and energy.
Consume generous amounts of fats that your body can actually break down and use. We even put good fats such as coconut oil and butter in our coffee. Now if you're saying "What, butter in coffee?!", you've got to check out this video and learn how to make this high-fat, delicious latte. You won't be disappointed.
So here's a quick recap of the myths and facts surrounding fats:
• Fats and sugars serve as fuel for your brain
• Eating fat does not make you fat. Body fat is actually caused by the body’s inability to burn the fats we consume
• Leptin is a hormone made by fat cells to tell the brain to burn body fat
• Increased sugar affects leptin and impedes the body’s ability to burn fat
Good, Natural Fats versus Manmade Fats:
Natural, good fats melt easily and can be broken down by your body without difficulty. Choose natural fats like:
• Coconut oil
• Real butter
• Olive oil
• Nut oil
Synthetic, manmade fats are difficult to burn, making it hard for your body to break them down. Avoid fats made from:
• Canola oil
• Vegetable oil
Remember, fat doesn't make you fat, but instead is an essential, needed nutrient.
All fats are not created equal, and knowing the difference between natural fats and synthetic fats is essential to your nutrition.
Learn 3 simple changes you can start making today to melt away that stubborn fat.
Stay educated and remember, knowledge is power.