Fat makes you fat

Good morning.

So we tried to cut carbs out of the diet yesterday, let’s see what we can do fat.

Fat.

It’s the name of the macronutrient, but also the name of the unwanted tissue that accumulates around the abdomen, hips, waist and thighs.

It makes sense that we eat fat, it gets stored as fat.

But we can’t ignore that fact that everything we eat gets broken down in the stomach and then released into the bloodstream to be available for use around the body.

If it’s not required, only then can the nutrients can be packaged up and shuttled into adipose tissue (fat).

This isn’t the same eating some fat and it just sits on the stomach.

Fat can be gained from while following a low-fat diet, which is often the case when sugar intake is high.

Athletes and highly-active individuals have often been using high-carb low-fat diet due to the requirements for carbohydrate to fuel activity.

The proportion of fat in this diet appears to be quite low due to the high amount of carbohydrate.

Since athletes tend to be very lean and often muscular, it’s easy to use them as the poster-child for a low-fat diet.

In reality, their energy expenditure and training intensity are high, demanding high carbohydrate intakes.

We know this deep down, but there is still a fascination when we hear that Michael Phelps ate 10,000kcal per day to maintain his weight (and training).

We wish that we could also do that (eat 10,000kcal to maintain weight) just without the six hours of swimming that goes alongside.

This can lead to the dangerous takeaway that you can eat unlimited carbs, just make sure the fat intake stays low.

Tom Fitzgerald