When we are born the human body is adapted to getting its energy calories mainly from fat sources (human mothers milk is 85% saturated fat) and as we grow older and move onto solid foods like fruits, starches and processed grains the metabolic adaption swings from being predominately fat to being mainly from sugar. Now as a consequence of a much higher carbohydrate based diet and this coupled with other sugar rich foods like sugarsoda’s and candies it makes our body store fat, so in other words stored energy for another day because the excess sugar cannot be used for energy right now.
Then we go down the familiar road try to lose this excess fat, cutting calories, buying treadmills and gym memberships, and off we go on the calorie counting merry-go-round constantly losing a little weight and gaining more back each time!

Why does this happen?

Well, having been metabolically adapted to get most of our energy from sugar for so long the body is more reluctant to derive energy from stored fat. (The process is much harder and the body will take the path of least resistance with the view of conserving energy) The excess fat that is stored on the body should be used for energy, but with the constant stream of available energy from sugar in our modern diets the fat usually just stays there and you get cravings for more sugar! To turn this around the metabolic processes in the body need to be geared up to burn fat, as opposed to sugar, this sounds simple but there are some not so nice short term consequences to losing the sugar.

Kicking the sugar habit can be tougher than stopping smoking or giving up drugs like cocaine. The opiate receptors in the brain are actually aroused by sugar and that’s why we get that warm fuzzy feeling from candies and milk chocolates etc. and then get those cravings for more, and with food being far easier to come by than cigarettes and drugs it makes the problem ever so much harder.

When sugar is cut out of the diet the body will crave sugary foods and make us feel ill in the process, but only for a short while as it goes through withdrawal and becomes more fat adapted.
Adding healthy fats and reducing sugary foods from the diet will encourage the fat burning process, encouraging the body to utilise fat to be used to fuel the body.

“Healthy fats”. Well, what are they?

Healthy dietary fats come from natural sources like wild cold water fish, coconuts, coconut oil, olive oil and avocado’s, naturally raised livestock, unprocessed nuts, natural full fat dairy products, etc., NOT from highly processed seeds and bean oils, factory farmed fish and animals, margarines, etc.

Remember, bad fats don’t come from nature, they come from factories!

Richard Insley

2016-02-08 20:08:17