Saturated fat is not what has been making us fat. I have included a few photos to help prove my point.
The food industry has perpetuated several myths that you might find shocking. The first is that eating saturated fat causes heart disease and makes you fat. Yes, you read that right. It isn’t true. Another is that a major part of our diet should be cereals and grains.
Our bodies are designed to eat saturated fat, and we have been doing so for thousands of years. In fact, it has been proven that the strong link to heart disease is sugar; not saturated fat. The food industry has actually caused more disease by naming fat as the culprit and advocating “low-fat” boxed products that are loaded with sugar.
And, saturated fat can’t make you fat. It is physiologically impossible. Guess what farmers feed cows to fatten them up? Low-fat grain. What does make you fat? Anything that produces insulin. What produces a lot of insulin? Carbohydrates (that is, low-fat grain and sugars). We are designed to eat carbohydrates in the form of vegetables, fruits, and a small amount of grain. In today’s society, we eat too many carbohydrates, and this is what causes weight gain and obesity.
Here is a simple description of how it works. We eat carbohydrates, which causes our body to produce insulin (because of the sugar in the blood). The insulin stores any extra sugar in our muscles as glycogen. This is a very useful process and is needed for our bodies to function effectively. When we consume too many carbohydrates, the body produces too much insulin. The extra glycogen is distributed to the muscles, but they don’t have room for the excess.
The body then has to decide what to do with all the extra glycogen; it has two options. It can either store the excess in the fat cells, which means we become overweight. Or, the thyroid can deal with the excess, which means we stay thin, but become fatigued. Eventually, the body will get sick of the process, and give up making insulin entirely. The result is diabetes.
Eating fats also produces a hormone called Cholecystokinin (CCK), which is what makes you feel satisfied (full) when you eat. This is why you can eat an entire packet of cookies (pure carbohydrate) and still not feel satisfied. If you eat a meal with healthy fats (natural fats like butter, coconut oil, animal fat), you will feel full, and stop eating. It is no wonder that our nations are getting fatter and fatter on low-fat diets. People overeat because they never feel satisfied, even though they feel bloated and uncomfortable.
If we sit down and really think about it, without even looking at the mountains of research available to support this theory, it does make sense that the recommendations made by mainstream health profession are false. Our ancestors could not have eaten the diet advocated in the widely-accepted food pyramid.Some mainstream doctors and other health professionals are starting to advocate fat as an essential nutrient, but they are very conservative with their recommendations and encourage us to stick with nuts, avocado, olive oil, etc., for small quotas of fat. Fat is an essential nutrient and it needs to be a regular part of our diet, rather than being eaten in minimal doses only.
The real foods accessible by our ancestors were meat, vegetables, eggs, butter, and unpasteurised milk products (mostly cultured). Our ancestors had access to some fruits and a few grains, but grains weren’t the staple of their diet. Any grains or nuts they used would have been soaked and fermented.
As you can see from my photos, fat can’t make you fat. I have been eating plenty of fat for the last 10 years. In case you think that I flog myself in the gym, and that I must burn it all off, that isn’t the case either. In fact, in this photo for my book cover, I was injured, and hadn’t been able to exercise for 6 months. My weight doesn’t change at all when I don’t exercise; I just don’t look quite as buff as I do when I am exercising. And, even when I do exercise, I don’t flog myself in the gym. I never go to the gym more than twice a week.
Food without fat is like life without love. Modern Proverb
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