The Fat Question: Why fat doesn’t make you fat

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By Margaret Floyd,  NTP HHC CHFS

By Margaret Floyd, NTP HHC CHFS

There’s a big ol’ myth out there that stubbornly refuses to die. It goes something like this: eating fat makes you fat.

From a basic caloric standpoint, this appears to make sense. Fat contains 9 calories per gram, whereas carbohydrates and proteins contain 4 calories per gram. If calories were the only thing to consider, it would stand to reason that if you eat fat, you’re going to gain weight because of the higher caloric load.

Well, first off – let’s clear up the calorie myth. If you haven’t done so already, please read last week’s post on why calorie counting is such a small part of the health and weight puzzle.

So let’s look at exactly what your body is DOING with fat. Is it just about energy storage in the form of chunky thighs and a big belly?

Many are surprised to learn of the vitally important roles of fat in the diet:

  • For one, fat is a structurally integral part of every single cell membrane in our bodies. Read that again. It is structurally essential in EVERY SINGLE CELL in our bodies. That’s a pretty darned important role. We’re not talking just “fat cells”, we’re talking every single cell for every single function in the body.
  • Fats are required in order to properly digest and assimilate those all-important fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E and K. Conveniently, many foods containing these vitamins also come with the fat required to digest them. For example, the fat in egg yolks allows the body to access the vitamins A and D it’s so abundant in. So maybe Mother Nature had it right after all? This is another reason why pasteurized skim milk fortified with synthetic vitamin D is such a silly idea.
  • Fats are required for the adequate use of protein. So all the egg whites in the world won’t help you out if you’re not eating them with the fats in the yolk to access that protein properly.
  • Fats are a source of energy, and a nice consistent, smooth burning energy at that. In other words, the kind of sustained, even-keeled, constant energy we all long for is right in front of us – in fats. They also slow food absorption, which helps with energy regulation as well.
  • Fats are key players in managing inflammation in your body. Some fats help your body inflame when necessary, other fats help your body anti-inflame. Unfortunately, low-quality fats are in themselves highly inflammatory, but that’s about the processing, not the fat in and of itself.

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So we’ve established that fat is an absolutely essential part of our diets and shouldn’t be feared. It’s a big bummer (sorry, couldn’t resist) that we use the same label – “fat” – for this vitally important macro-nutrient as the bodily condition we’re all trying to avoid.

But what about the weight issue? Isn’t dietary fat what resides on my inner thighs?

Here’s something really important to know about fat: it does not trigger the hormonal dance that creates fat storage the way that sugar and other starchy carbohydrates do.

When you eat something sweet, your blood sugar levels increase too quickly, and your pancreas secretes the hormone insulin to take the excess sugar out of your blood. Insulin is a fat storage hormone. It stores that extra sugar first as glycogen, and then as triglycerides (fat) once glycogen stores are full.

When insulin is activated, its partner hormone, glucagon, can’t operate. Glucagon’s job is to mobilize stored sugar back into the blood for energy use. These two hormones are constantly in a dance with each other and cannot be present in the blood at the same time. So either your body is in an energy-burning/mobilizing state (glucagon) or your body is in an energy storage state (insulin).

Sugar mobilizes insulin; fat does not.

It’s that simple. In fact, the fat in a sweet treat will actually help to slow down that sugar spike, and thus reduce the insulin surge, mitigating some of the ill-effects of the sweet. This is why the whole fat-free dessert thing is such a bad idea. Not only are you mobilizing a ton of insulin, you’re also removing the one thing in there that could slow that process down.

Another piece to this puzzle is satiation. The digestion of fats triggers your satiation mechanism. This is why low-fat diets are doomed to fail and such an exercise in fierce willpower. Your body is never satisfied without fat, despite the number of calories (one more reason why calories aren’t the be all and end all).

It’s quite the opposite with sugar or foods converting to sugar quickly in the blood (starchy carbs like bread, pastas, cereal, potatoes, etc…). These foods inspire overeating and binging in part because they don’t satiate and in part because of the insulin reaction we explained above. After insulin has done its job of storing that extra sugar as fat, guess what happens? Your blood sugar takes a big hit and you now are in a low-blood sugar space. What do you crave now? You got it… more sugar.

This means: eating fat makes you fuller sooner and longer. Eating sugar leads to a sugar crash which makes you hungrier sooner and in a position to crave more sugar. A vicious cycle indeed.

Now, are all fats created equal? Not by any stretch. In fact, industrially processed oils and rancid fats are ubiquitous in the diet and extremely harmful to both our health and our waistlines. But real, unadulterated fat from quality sources used appropriately is a key component of any healthy diet.

Here’s the bottom line: Eating fat doesn’t make you fat. Eating sugar makes you fat.

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81 Comments

  1. Alexa

    March 1, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Fat makes you fat. That’s why it is called fat. You eat too much of it, you’re in danger. Carbs, on the other hand, we were designed for. Every cell in our bodies runs almost exclusively off of glucose, including our brains. Take it from a 100 lb female who eats 2,500+ calories worth of carbohydrates a day. If this sounds crazy to you, I don’t blame you. I had the same initial reaction. But it would not hurt to give it a try. Who doesn’t want to be able to eat all the carbs they care for and not gain weight? Just look up the 80/10/10 diet or Raw Till 4. Not only will you look your best, but this is the way that we humans are designed to eat so you will reap the amazing health benefits instead of suffer from diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, cancer, stroke, to name a few. Just look up the works of Dr. Collin Campbell, Dr. Douglas Graham, Dr. John McDougall, and Dr. Neil Bernard.

    • Stevy-Lee Few

      July 6, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Your looking at only one area of research and not at others. Just because our bodies have adapted to glucose it dies not mean it can’t use the other system of keytosis. Many health professionals recognise this research. I will leave it up to you to research. Not sure where your getting this carb thing from? I’m a type one diabetic and I know if I did that it would probably kill me. Healthy fat, high protein low carb diet is defiantly the healthy option.

    • Anna

      July 8, 2015 at 8:04 am

      totally agree with the previous comment. Fat makes you fat. If anything.. it’s the dietary fat that makes you fat WHEN it’s combined with carbs in the food you’re eating. Carbs from natural sources like fruits and vegetables and even potatoes and bananas will not give you a sugar crash (unless your metabolism already messed up). If you eat something that’s both sugary (actual sugar added and processed carbs) and has fat in it – this will release a bunch of insulin and it will stop any fat burning your body was doing and all the fat you just ate – has nowhere to go but into your fat storage. This is why sometimes you just eat a cake and next day you gain a pound that is hard to shift, even when looking at just calories – it wasn’t enough to gain a whole extra pound… but weight for weight.. cake is probably 70% fat – so quite a few grams of fat is going to be gained.

      • Mark

        August 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm

        I have to disagree with that. Fructose, which is contained in fruits, is probably the highest (excepting Dextrose) insulin releasing factor. So eating banana, apples or any other fruits will causes insulin to spike.

        Plus, carbs that aren’t used are directly stored as fat. Where i agree is eating carbs before doing execice to give you energy. Because you are bruning and using carbs as main fuel during your exercice.

        Fat or Protein, when eating too much, will get stored as fat as well depending on how much your body can assimilate (you can adapt your body to assimilate more proteins than others: protein synthesis). Fat makes you fat when you eat too much of them and then they get stored as fat.

        In an equal amount of fat and carbs, more carbs will get stored as fat due to insulin and energy spend.

        • Oliver55

          October 16, 2015 at 3:06 pm

          Incorrect, fructose does not increase insulin more than glucose. Fructose -if anything- exhibits a smaller peak insulin relative to glucose and this is precisely why diabetic food stuffs are more fructose-based.It is true that overeating fruit can lead to weight gain as sugar -albeit in natural form- is still calories.

          • Oliver55

            October 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm

            Correction, apologies I missed your exception that you were not comparing fructose to glucose. However, fructose does not elicit a problematic insulin spike unless you are consuming large amounts, which is only likely if you eat a lot of fruit or high-fructose corn syrup based products.

        • Oliver55

          October 16, 2015 at 3:14 pm

          It’s impossible to gain fat from eating protein since 1 gram of fat represents 9cals of energy while it actually requires 9cals just to convert 1g of protein into 1g of fat. Protein is also thermogenic.

      • Roy Walker

        November 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm

        you are kidding, most cakes are loaded with sugar (carbs) sponge chocolate sponge is about 36 calories of fat and 150 calories of carbs. Open your eyes. I am not saying low fat is better than low carb, but just blindly saying stuff is silly. Cheers

      • Aiden

        October 14, 2016 at 8:28 pm

        No its not. Maybe 15 percent. Have you ever seen how much sugar goes into cake and the rest is white flour.

    • Oliver55

      October 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Our body uses glucose therefore our diets should be carb based? This is your premise? Why don’t you hook yourself upto a glucose drip if that be the case. No, we were NOT designed to live on carb diets. I’d attribute health gains in such a diet to raw fruit and veg, not the carbs specifically. Sugar is profoundly damaging to our bodies and our ancestors certainly didn’t have the means to cook and process grains that we have today so rice, potatoes and breads are all off the menu. The most sugar-hungry sugar-dependent part of the body -the brain- actually performs better under low-sugar conditions so that throws a wrench in that whole we need to eat what we use theory. What you miss, is that the energy the body uses -in the form of glucose- has undergone a variety of metabolic cycles and pathways before it got to that stage so telling people to eat 80% carbs is seriously flawed and misguided. The only people that need 80% carb diets are endurance athletes. However, given the ageing effects of sugar on the body and the fact athletes have successfully used fat as an energy source I’d recommend endurance athletes also revise their carb intakes to a more moderate level.

      • Tammy Novoa

        February 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

        NICELY SAID!!! Thank you!!!

    • Rhiannon Jones

      February 24, 2016 at 9:58 am

      100 Lbs! Where is the rest of you (chuckle)? Yes you may be able to eat 2500+ calories a day but, how old are you? How tall are you? How much and how often do you exercise? Those a questions that need to be answered to have a full understanding of why you can eat that way and only weigh 100 Lbs. Now if you are 39 and 4’11 like me that would completely change how your body metabolizes the food you eat. Let me know when you reach my age if you are still 100 Lbs eating 2500 calories a day. Before I forget I am 150 Lbs in case you are wondering and I walk at least 3 miles a day. I eat 1300-1700 calories based on the walking I do.

    • Robin

      May 23, 2016 at 12:59 am

      But your comment is not at all clear because you dont say WHAT carbs you eat(it matters enormously) nor do you seem to know that people on high fat diets all eat huge quantities of carbohydrates. The high fat thing means rhe number of calories in a day is high, not the physical quantities. 200 gms of cheese eaten with a whole lettuce, a tomato or two, a celery stick and half a cucumber is, by definition, a typical high fat low carb meal(and at least I stay slim and feel great on this type of meal. The BAD carbs( remember when we were talking about “bad” cholesterol?) are the ones that are full of sugar…grains, potatoes, fruits, rice etc. So it all depends on how on earth you find 2500 calories of carbs in the first place…they csnt be “good” carbs, can they?

    • JD

      July 21, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      You’re wrong. I don’t care how much you weigh or how young you are. In the end, a carb-rich diet will ruin you. Did you even read the entire article?

      We are designed to eat diets rich and fat and low in carbs. Read chapters 32 – 34 of “Natural Born Heroes” by Christopher McDougall. It discusses the history of humanity’s diet. If you look at the dietary patterns of our ancestors, they were minimal in carbs (with the exception of fiber; that’s the only carb your body truly needs) and maximal in fat. With minimal carbs, our bodies relied on fat as a fuel source. Consequently, it didn’t accumulate and our ancestors were never fat.

    • Morganier

      October 7, 2016 at 12:01 am

      I eat a lot of fat and hardly carbohydrates for two years now. I became lean,clear thinking,lowered blood pressure,less headache and joint inflammation. So my choice is made.

      • Paul Clay

        February 26, 2017 at 8:29 am

        Good job…right on keto 4 life

    • Chris

      October 16, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Alexa….. Wrong! There are at least 4 body types and each require different nutrition to be at their best health and weight. There is no one size fits all. Find what works for you but don’t praise it as the end all be all approach.

    • former pro-carber

      January 8, 2017 at 7:33 am

      ‘fat makes you fat’, well, that’s only true in carbohydrate-based diets. You see, fat is only bad when you add sugar to it, Cholesterol and even protein are only bad when you add sugar to it. It is not that the fat makes you fat because it isn’t the nutrient that spikes insulin in the first place. just reduce net-carbs and boost your foods w/ high-quality, healthy beneficial fats and you’re good to go.

    • Vasco

      February 2, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      But fat doesn’t trigger any fat storage processes in the body, particularly the healthier, necessary fats. How were we designed for carbs anymore than fats? There are little naturally occuring foods that are actually very high in carbs, if you take out the highly sugary exotic fruits that only grow in certain parts of the world then you are left with very little to choose from. I’m 99% sure that the carbohydrates you eat are not all incredibly high in sugar which is what triggers fat storage, eating wholemeal, slow-releasing carbs is indeed quite healthy, doesn’t mean that any of what is said in the article is wrong.

    • Gigi

      June 23, 2017 at 8:29 am

      When put in the context of eating moderate carbs then yes, fat will add to your caloric intake which will then cause your body to store the carbs rather than use them. When you eat ice cream that’s high in sugar and fat, your body has to store the excess in calories but it does this by processing excess glucose via insulin. Fats don’t get stored the same way and that’s the point of this article. In order to benefit from high fat, you need to limit carbs and in particular sugars. Fat actually does not make you fat when you eat a high fat, low carb, moderate protein diet and the science proves this. This article hits all the points about why fats aren’t the culprit behind weight gain and the science is solid on this. You have to understand the mechanism behind glucose and insulin that causes carbohydrate storage. You can’t just skim this article and dismiss it.

  2. Eseul

    August 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Actually overeating anything, even fat and protein will spike blood sugar and cause insulin resistance. It just takes longer to show up becuase it digests slowly but it does show up later on. All foods even fat and protein from meat have to be converted into sugar to be used by your body. Carbs get converted into sugar more quickly depending on how processed it is (the more cooked or refined it is, the faster is digests and turns into sugar your body). Carbs only spike your blood sugar IF you eat an all carb diet all the time or eat too many carbs all the time. But when you combine healthy carbs with fiber, fat, or protein (low glycemic/slow digesting foods like non-starchy vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and meat) it doesn’t spike you’re blood sugar. So it’s about eating a balanced diet of low glycemic foods with a little fat and meat (nuts, seeds, meat). Too much fat and meat causes health problems, weight gain, and imbalance. It’s ABOUT BALANCE! Overeating anything spikes blood sugar. Balance, balance, balance.

    • Oliver55

      October 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Nonsense. Protein and fat do not EVER cause insulin resistance. Protein and fat both moderate insulin spiking so the idea the mild amount of insulin they elicit by themselves could potentially raise diabetes is preposterous.

      • doesn'tmatter

        July 16, 2017 at 11:12 pm

        Do you have any idea what insulin resistance actually is? Fat ALWAYS causes insulin resistance! It’s the only thing that can! Insulin resistance occurs when (muscle) cells develop fatty buildups that prevent the intake of sugars… fatty buildups. Guess how you get overly fat-saturated cells. Could it be fats? Whether or not fats cause an insulin spike has absolutely nothing to do with your bodys ability to process sugars. Don’t be an idiot. No one ever got diabetes on a high-carb, low-fat diet.

    • Roy Walker

      November 19, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      Eseul, Proteins are broken into amino acids and used to repair our bodies, but in emergency can be used for energy. Proteins in food are broken down into pieces (called amino acids) that are then used to build new proteins with specific functions, such as catalyzing chemical reactions, facilitating communication between different cells, or transporting biological molecules from here to there. When there is a shortage of fats or carbohydrates, proteins can also yield energy.

  3. BC

    August 12, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Margaret, insulin is not involved in the process of storing dietary fats. That’s why eating fats is not linked to insulin levels. Insulin is not the fat storage factor.

    Dietary fats ARE stored, however. Acylation Stimulating Protein is the fat storage factor, not insulin. There’s plenty of research out there on the effects of overfeeding with different macronutrients. You will most likely store a higher percentage of fat consumed than you will of carbs consumed, so it’s a little irresponsible to assert that it’s not possible.

    Fat you eat is most definitely stored, just not in response to consumption of carbs or protein, nor by processes involving insulin. Look up Acylation Stimulating Protein.

    • Margaret Floyd

      August 12, 2015 at 7:25 am

      I have never claimed that the body doesn’t store dietary fat – clearly it does. And I agree with you entirely that insulin isn’t involved in that specific process of storing dietary fats – but it IS involved in storing sugar that is converted to fat. That is my point exactly.

      How much fat you store as a result of the macronutrients you eat is related both to the combination of macronutrients and to the total amount. My point here is simply that lower-fat and higher-carb, while it may be lower calorie, actually drives the fat storage process more, and also does not satiate the way that a higher fat, lower-carb meal will do. If you eat too much of anything it will be stored as fat. This is all about the relative portions and the myth that fat itself is the culprit to our obesity, when for most people it’s more the excess carbs that is the problem.

      • Amro E Abdulbade

        March 26, 2017 at 5:26 am

        sorry, all reaserch suggest the fat is what makes you fat. unless you overeat carbs for a very long period then some will turn into fat. its easier to get fat from eating fat. i gained fat during ketosis!

  4. Dan

    September 23, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Eating fat will never make you fat. The reason eating carbs does is because blood sugar is tightly regulated by your body. Hi sugar and low sugar are both deadly. Eating processed carbohydrates causes blood sugar to ramp up. Hi sugar causes your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin forces your organs and fat cells to accept excess glucose to get blood sugar back down. Insulin forces your liver to metabolize glucose into fatty acids, which are then stored in your fat cells as triglyceride. Later, when you are not eating, your body will recover some fatty acid for your needs. Eating excess calories of carbs leads to body fat production. The same does not happen when you eat natural fats. They do not cause an insulin reaction. They do not lead to fat storage. Here is more information. don’t take my word for it. https://doc.research-and-analytics.csfb.com/docView?language=ENG&source=ulg&format=PDF&document_id=1053247551&serialid=MFT6JQWS%2B4FvvuMDBUQ7v9g4cGa84%2Fgpv8mURvaRWdQ%3D

    • anthony

      November 12, 2015 at 2:40 am

      according to my encyclopedia carbohydrates cause tooth decay is it likely that we evolved to eat something that destroys our teeth ????

      • Margaret Floyd

        November 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

        The carbohydrates in our diet right now are very different from those we are biologically designed to eat — this isn’t about evolution. This is about massive changes in our food supply and overabundance of highly refined carbohydrates (which are simply not present in the natural world)

        • Roy Walker

          November 19, 2015 at 10:17 pm

          So true Margaret, old school apples were the size and taste of a crab apple, eat one of those and see how many our ancestors would have chosen over meat and fat, in fact we have developed our grains etc over the past 10,000 year, in some parts of the world, others still mainly had root crops and wild greens, to supplement their meat and fat diet. I am not sure wether our meat and fat today is the same as old school, but I suspect not, but we like meat and fat, and sugar, because they had flavour. Eat grains, beans, vegetables, without fat and you will see how tasteless they are, butter makes all greens tasty.
          cheers

        • Seyha Var

          January 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

          Amen to that!! Finally another individual that gets it. Agricultural proceedings have vasely changed over the decades. Profit organizations fund cheap inexpensive fruits and vegetables genetically modified beyond its original molecular structure.real fruits and vegetables that grew in the wild before modification were actually lower in sugar, on the contrary, they were quite bitter. This bitterness acted as a natural defense mechanism towards predatory insects. High fat diets, with moderate protein and low carbs can actually reverse years of metabolic damage. Whether it be blood regulation or aleviating your adrenal glands. Not saying one or the other works better, but before stomping each other with definite, indefinite answers, try doing some research for yourselves to see what best fits your needs! Some people are just simply more insulin resistant than others, therefore allowing a greater range of carbs in their diet without I’ll effect. I’ve lost 50 lbs(FAT) on a ketogenic diet, eating tons of healthy fats!! People will argue that it’s water weight etc, etc, but the results speak for themselves!!

  5. Carolyn

    March 8, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Eating carbs trigger insulin, which creates fat and stores fat. Cutting out carbs and eating fat minimizes insulin and releases glucagon, which burns fat. It’s as simple as that. I have been eating like this for 30 years. I am 5’9″, 125, 57 years old and in perfect health.

  6. Jack Starnes

    March 9, 2016 at 5:48 am

    All the great information on here is helpful, But I beleive the bottom line is eating balanced sensible meals is always the way to go. Watching the quality of the food and moderate exercise. No other approach is healthy.

  7. Woman57

    April 12, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    So I have tried the information given in this report. I have limited eating fat foods and carbs together. If I have fat like dressing on my salad I don’t have a roll. If I have a carb diet I leave out the fat. That means a baked potato without the butter and sour cream. I always include a protein. In the morning I eat plain yogurt, the kind that is the lowest in carbs and sugar, with some kind of berry. Breakfast should be with all three protein, carb and fat to fuel your body. Look at the carbs and sugar in the diet yogurt and you will be shocked at how many there are in a low fat yogurt. Especially the ones that are flavored. Look at many of the foods and you will see that the low fat foods are high in SUGAR and CARBS. I have lost 7 lbs in three weeks. Now that don’t sound like a bunch of weight but I am an older female and any belly fat that is gone is good news. It is not always easy when it comes to preparing meals, but the results are worth it. Green foods are basically free and fillers. Things that go in salads and if I find myself getting hungry during the day, I always bring a baggie full of veggies to snack on. I still have splurge days and eat everything I want. I am convinced that this works and I feel great! On a side note, I have a friend that decided that she would eliminate fat from her diet and when she went to the eye doc, he asked her if she was on a low fat diet…her eyes were dried out because of it and had to take special eye drops to fix her vision problem. It took over a year.

  8. Matt

    September 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I have lost over 60 kilos by eating lots of fat and ive never felt better. I now weigh 89 kilos down from 160 kilos and wear Levi jeans of the rack again, awsome. Every single day I have 2 eggs for breakfast on Bürgen Rye Bread, which is the only bread I buy now, love it but its better toasted, I have loads of real butter go through 250 grams a week. I have pure cream in my coffee, not that thickened rubbish, and I drink a lot of coffee and tea, so i use over 300ml of Pure Cream every week and I always use a dab of Honey in my tea and coffee and the Honey hasnt made me fat again. I eat at least a loaf maybee 2 of Bürgen Rye Bread a week with cheese sandwiches and eggs on toast and I eat a lot of cheese. I eat over a dozen eggs a week. For evening meal I usually have frozen Salmon or Chicken and vegies, mainly Sweet potatoe, Brocoli, Cabage, Carrot and leak with heaps of olive oil, vegetable fibre is very important for your Bio Mass or gut Bacteria which controls eveything including hunger and depresion and on a Friday night I even have a couple of beers. I have done no excercise except for moderate walking with the dog. I so wish I had discovered this fat thing years ago, I am 53 now and have struggled with weight my entire life. I have lost 60 kilos at least twice before, the wrong way and always put it back on again, but not this time, I have been doing this for over two years and have had checkups and my bloods ,colesterol etc are really good. I basically get all my energy from fat these days, I never go near sugar apart from honey in my coffe and tea. I feel great I look good my skin is good. it is so easy to loose weight when you get your head around this and I feel sorry for people who are still strugling and knocking themselves out with to much exercise which is very inefficent at getting rid of excess fat, I mean excersise is good to make you fiter but it wont shit a lot of fat, and I just shake my head when I watch “The Biggest Loose TV show”. I try to tell my fat freinds about this and they just dont listen even though they see how much weight I lost in a relatively short time. Im never huungry I eat a lot of food now and enjoy eating without feeling guilty. I never buy or consume milk. I see fat peopl and feel like running up to them and shaking them and try to help them but they just wont listen. you know for years I tried every diet known to man and I was always hungry, tired and cranky but not any more, I just wish I had learnt this when I was in my 20’s. I sometimes have porridge with frozen berries and butter and cream for a snack, NO MILK, milk is great for fattening up calves. I could go on and on. Anyway Thanks if you read this, I hope it helps someone.

  9. Matt

    September 26, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    The main thing people dont get is that you NEED to consume a lot of fat to get energy and loose weight, So they do everything else like cut sugar, cut carbs but they dont eat enough fat, you need to consume fat to loose weight other wise you will just be hungry and have no energy and your diet will fail. learn to love and eat more fat whole eggs, cheese , fish, nuts ,pure cream, butter, not-margarine, olive oil, pure lard. this is your new energy source. If you dont eat enough fat you will fail. fat rules.

    • Billy

      April 6, 2017 at 12:44 am

      The word is LOSE. You don’t LOOSE weight.

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  13. David

    May 18, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Anyone that still thinks that fat makes you fat is just simply misinformed. Your body stores energy in the form of fat because it is simply the most efficient storage mechanism in regard to the amount of energy in a fat cell versus a protein cell or as glucose in the liver. Think of fat as the battery cell of your body. When you eat food, the glucose triggers an insulin response which shuts down your fat conversion thus you run from the energy you just ingested versus the fat battery you are carrying around. When you eat fat, your body converts that fat to glucose vial gluconeogenesis. Eat too much fat and then you start storing it. But eating fat does not shut down the fat burning process. Carbohydrates do that. Proteins are used as muscle building blocks and as transport mechanisms for the fat in your body. But in any case, don’t take my word for it. Listen to a Biochemistry expert, if you can follow along. https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/biomolecules/fat-and-protein-metabolism/v/introduction-to-energy-storage

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