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Fat Intake and Metabolic Damage

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Eating too much of the wrong kind of fat makes you fat. Most people interested in weight loss understand this as a basic weight loss concept.

What is less well understood is this…

Eating too much of the wrong kind of fat creates Metabolic Damage.

Metabolic Damage makes you permanently fat. 

Permanent Metabolic Damage is the enemy of permanent weight loss.

Metabolic Damage refers to damage to your bodies ability to metabolize carbohydrates and fats for energy. Damage to your ability to metabolize carbohydrates and fats for energy means the energy from carbohydrates and fats gets stored as fat!

Many people seeking weight loss wrongly attribute their difficulty achieving permanent weight loss to a ‘slow metabolism’. It is a common mistake to assume difficulty with weight loss is a slow metabolism when in fact the issue is a damaged metabolism. Many people simply tend to store most of what they eat instead of metabolizing what they eat as energy production. This is metabolic damage.

Insulin Resistance is perhaps the most common form of metabolic damage affecting individuals seeking weight loss.

Your primary mechanism for utilizing energy is to pull glucose from your blood into the cell where it can be utilized for energy. When the mechanism that pulls glucose from your blood into the cell becomes damaged, this is known as Insulin Resistance.  Insulin resistance is one of the most widely prevalent weight loss barriers. Accordingly, it is also one of the most widely prevalent forms of Metabolic Damage.

Most of us associate Insulin Resistance with the consumption of excess carbohydrates. This is only somewhat accurate. What is not widely known or widely understood is this…

The consumption of excess bad fat is also a primary cause of Insulin Resistance

The frontier of research into insulin resistance, aging and weight loss has now unveiled insight into exactly what happens from excess fatty acids from excess intake of fat.  Sustained intake of excess fat seems to damage the mitochondria within our cells. The mitochondria within our cells are responsible for the conversion of glucose to energy for our muscles.

A recent study from the Novartis Institute for BioMed Research in Cambridge Mass examined mitochondrial activity from rats fed a high fat diet and a diet of regular chow. 

Rats fed a high fat diet beyond a period of 1 month consistently showed a 30 to 50% decrease in ATP synthesis rates!  This means that rats fed a sustained high fat diet drastically decreased their rate of energy production from mitochondria.

What the research indicates is that sustained long-term intake of high fat seems to damage mitochondrial function.

All fats are not equal.  Certain types of fat exert vital and widely beneficial effects on fat metabolism, inflammation, hormone balance and cellular repair. 

What can be directly inferred from the research are 2 things. First, sustained intake of large amounts of fats (fat making up more than 60% of the diet), good or bad, isn’t good.  The research shows that total fat intake, sustained for long periods of time, is the key variable.

The second thing that can be inferred from the research is sustained intake of large amounts of bad fat is exponentially worse. You don’t get the beneficial effects of good fats on hormone balance, fat metabolism or inflammation. You just get the damage.

Sustained intake of large amounts of bad fat promotes accelerated metabolic damage that ironically, damages your ability to use carbs for energy. Sustained intake of bad fat makes you store carbs as fat.

Here are 3 things you can do right now prevent permanent Metabolic Damage so you can have permanent weight loss.

1. Get on a good fat supplement: There are a lot of good products on the market. Our Eicosoid70 is a medical grade product that super concentrates the good stuff, EPA and DHA, into a very few fat calories.  There are other great products out there as well such as Udo’s oil.

2. Don’t eat anything fried – ever. You may as well swallow glass shards instead. That’s akin to the damage from these kinds of bad fats.

3. Limit your total fat intake to no more than 40% of your diet, primarily from mono and polyunsaturated fats such as olives, avocados, nuts, extra virgin olive oil and saturated fats from grass fed, free-range animals.

Diet-induced modulation of mitochondrial activity in rat muscle

Laurent Didier, Britttany Yerby, Richard Deacon, and Jiaping Gao
Discovery Technologies/Diabetes and Metabolism, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts