The Power of Being Thin Is Found By Eating Fat
Most everybody wants to be thin simply to
look good, but the advantages of being thin, go a lot further than just looking good. Being thin is not only highly beneficial for your looks but it’s crucial for your health and even more important for your brain’s health. Did you know that the fatter you are, the smaller your brain is? It’s true. That is directly from Dr. Perlmutter’s book Grain Brain. Conversely, the thinner you are, the bigger your brain is. Don’t believe me? Look at the research studies and what Dr. Perlmutter says in Grain Brain:
“The dots connecting excessive body fat, obesity, and brain dysfunction are not hard to follow given the information you’ve already learned in this book. Excessive body fat increases not only insulin resistance, but also the production of inflammatory chemicals that play directly into brain degeneration. For this very reason, waist circumference is often a measurement of “health,” as it predicts future health challenges and mortality; the higher your waist circumference, the higher your risk for disease and death.”
“It’s well documented that visceral fat is uniquely capable of triggering hormonal actions. This, in turn, keeps the cascade of negative effects from visceral fat going. In addition, visceral fat does more than just generate inflammation down the road through a chain of biological events; visceral fat itself becomes inflamed. This kind of fat houses tribes of inflammatory white blood cells. In fact, the hormonal and inflammatory molecules produced by visceral fat get dumped directly into the liver, which, as you can imagine, responds with another round of ammunition (i.e., inflammatory reactions and hormone-disrupting substances). Long story short: More than merely a predator lurking behind a tree, it is an enemy that is armed and dangerous. The number of health conditions now linked to visceral fat is tremendous, from the obvious ones such as obesity and metabolic syndrome to the not-so-obvious—cancer, autoimmune disorders, and brain disease.”
I copied and pasted the information above from Grain Brain for a reason. Obesity is a danger to more than just your body, by filling it with inflammation, it’s shrinking your brain by using these same process that creates plaque. I will show you exactly how obesity shrinks your brain and on the other hand, I’ll show you exactly how being thin can help your brain to grow in size. It all boils down to consumption of carbohydrates, mostly the high starchy carbs that you find in all pastries and bread, pasta, cereals, snack chips and crackers and some vegetables.
According to Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD, “Carbohydrates are the primary cause of weight gain, not fats. (Animals raised for food are fattened with carbohydrates.)” He goes on to say that eating fat is not only healthier than eating carbohydrates, it makes you thinner. “We found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active” (Arch Int Med 1992;152:1271—2). It’s true, I know from experience that eating fat makes you thin. It’s time for a new news alert;
Eating Fat Makes You Thin
Studies have shown that getting back to what our original metabolism likes for a diet and what our bodies are meant to digest means getting back to a diet high in fats and low in carbohydrates. Low Carb diets date back to 1923 when the ketogenic diet was first created to help control epileptic seizures in infants. Dr. Atkins came out with his low carb diet in 1958, but it really got its boost when the Paleo diet came out early this century and with Dr. Perlmutter’s recommendation for a ketogenic diet for optimal brain growth.
Wikipedia suggests, “we need to evaluate the low-carbohydrate diets over much longer periods of time, controlled studies as long as two years and survey studies as long as two decades.”
Dr. Atkins was the first to promote a low carb diet as early as 1958, yet it seems that the carbohydrate addiction complex had already started its devious work in addicting our society to the ravages of the Wheat Belly saga. Too many members of our congress were sold on the notion that it is better to restrict our consumption fats, thinking that’s what was causing all the problem with obesity and diabetes. In all actuality, it is carbs that cause the fat that causes obesity and diabetes, not fat at all. You can find out how that happens in Carbs, The New Death Sentence. (I have to wonder who persuaded them to come to these conclusions, the grain industry?)
It’s all a matter of how they are digested. To digest carbohydrates, your body has to turn them into fat. This is because your body can’t run on glucose. It runs on fat. The studies showing this include, Iris Shai, R.D., Ph.D. (July 2008), “Weight Loss with a Low-Carbohydrate, Mediterranean, or Low-Fat Diet.” and New England Journal of Medicine 359 (3): 229–41. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa0708681.PMID 18635428, Low-carbohydrate-Diet Score and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease an Omen, from The New England Journal of Medicine. and the two others listed above (). What this means is that when you eat carbohydrates, your body can’t use that as food because it burns fat.
When you eat fat, your body doesn’t have to convert that into anything else, so it can use it. Fats are digested in your small intestine, unlike carbs that are digested cellularly with the help of insulin. That means that the glucose that carbs break down to, have to float around in your bloodstream until they can enter a cell to be used as glycogen. This is where the problem begins. Anyone who’s been on a diet of carbohydrates for any amount of time has enough glycogen built up in their systems that they don’t need anymore, so the glucose turns into fat to be stored for future use.
The first place your body stores this fat is around your midsection, hence its name, belly fat or visceral fat. This is a dangerous fat to have in your body as this is where diabetes starts, along with a host of cancers and CVDs or heart diseases and most every kind of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and Huntington’s Disease.
Human biology hasn’t changed evolutionarily enough to allow humans to continue to eat carbohydrates in the massive amounts that everyone everywhere is eating them. The Paleo Diet is a recent addition to the low carb diet choice. The ketogenic diet is the ultimate in a low carb diet and has already shown numerous benefits for better health. It’s the recommended diet for Celiac Disease since Celiac Disease is caused by the gluten that’s found in wheat, barley and rye and a few other grains. It’s also the oldest low carb diet, first designed in 1923, to help control seizures. The diet fell out of use when seizure medicines became more prevalent.
It turns out that a ketogenic diet is the healthiest diet that any human can eat and it brings with it, the most natural form of weight loss, possible. It goes back to the way our bodies have metabolized food for the last 100,000 years. Simply because this diet is based on fat and not carbs, the diet provides much more efficient fuel for our bodies to use. A carbohydrate diet requires refueling every two hours or so and they have a tendency to gum up your body. It does it by creating plaque. That gets into to glycation of proteins and LDL cholesterol, which you can read about in Carbs, How They Cause AGEs.
This plaque build-up is the foundation of 75% of the deadliest and costliest diseases, known to man, ranging from breast cancer to Atherosclerosis to 99% of all dementias, making carbohydrates some of the deadliest food that any human can eat. It’s not that this food just makes us fat, it kills us slowly and expensively, with an arm-long list of disorders. For this one reason alone, the power of being thin cannot be overspoken.
Studies have also shown the simple practice of calorie restriction to have multiple beneficial effects for the body, such as extended life. It’s amazing what just going hungry, can do for your body. It not only ramps up your immune system by boosting your anti-oxidants exponentially, it actually helps your brain grow, through a little protein known as BDNF, brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This is what makes your brain grow and it doesn’t happen in obese people. This is part of the power of being thin.
The Power of MCTs and Coconut Oil
Calorie restriction on a carbohydrate diet is next to impossible. Yet I do it every day, quite easily and comfortably, while on my MCT ketogenic diet. MCT ketogenic diet is, in my estimation, the easiest low carbohydrate diet to get adjusted to. MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) work differently in your body than LCTs (Long Chain Triglycerides). MCTs are a good way to actually lower your cholesterol because they build up the HDL cholesterol. Coconut oil and Palm kernel oil are optimal for this, as they contain lauric acid and lauric acid is the foundation of HDL cholesterol, the good cholesterol.
Although curbing your carbs is the best way to lower your LDL cholesterol, adding coconut oil and other saturated fats to your diet will help curb your appetite for carbs, which in turn will cut down your LDL cholesterol and at the same time build up your HDL cholesterol.
Going back to what Dr. Miller had included in his paper, “calorie restriction prolongs life as well as helps to make your brain grow.” This is the true power of being thin. It comes easiest from being on a high-fat low carb diet.
What kind of fats then, do we need to eat, to be thinner? I mentioned before, MCTs. Medium chain triglycerides are the best, along with olive oil and avocado oil, palm kernel oil is also an excellent source of MCTs but coconut oil is by far the best MCT, in my opinion.
Coconut oil and palm Kernel oil have lauric acid in their chains of triglycerides, which is the foundation of HDL cholesterol. This means that a diet high in coconut oil or palm kernel oil MCTs helps build up HDL cholesterol, which in turn can help lower LDL cholesterol. Lauric acid is at the core of apolipoprotein A1, which in turn is at the core of HDL cholesterol. Studies have shown higher levels of HDL particles in the blood to be very beneficial for one’s health.
I can’t recommend staying away from dairy either. As I said before, all milk fats are MCTs. If you truly are lactose intolerant, then it may be best to limit your intake to nothing more than cheese. Cheese loses its lactose as the cheese hardens, so most cheeses have little to no lactose content in them. Just don’t choose the low-fat cheeses.
For MCTs, I like milk fats. All milk fats are MCTs. That means that all milk fats can help you lose weight. I’ll bet you didn’t expect that, did you? That means that low-fat milk and skim milk actually help make you fatter by taking away the healthy MCTs in milk fat. That also means butter is back! Wow, how much better can it be? Butter can help you lose weight. What a concept, the more milk fat you eat, the healthier you will be. I love it!!! Cause I love cheese, and cheese is a milk fat.
MCTs are so important, Neuropharmacology just completed a study in June 2013 showing the ability of MCTs to control epileptic seizures. All MCTs are saturated fats. Your body uses saturated fats and would much rather have it fed to it than have to make its own through the ingestion of carbohydrates.
That also means that I can go back to eating bacon. I love bacon. (As a matter of fact, I’ve already gone back to eating bacon. I just enjoyed about 6 slices.) Bacon may not be a medium chain triglyceride, but it’s a saturated fat and I still love it, and I’m not restricted from eating it by my religion, so I eat it and lots of it. I couldn’t do that though if I ate carbs. That would lead to major problems like hypertensive heart disease.
Grass-fed beef is always a good source of fats as well as protein. Lamb is always good also as it’s almost always grass fed. I’m sorry vegans, but a vegetarian diet is too carbohydrate laden to be a fully healthy diet unless you get the bulk of your calories from healthy oils like olive oil, avocado oil, palm kernel oil, and most importantly coconut oil. Simply because carbohydrates are involved in a vegetarian diet, you’re going to be suffering the same consequences as everyone else on a high carbohydrate diet. It may take longer for the disorders to manifest because your vegan diet is a little healthier than most high carbohydrate diets, but they will, simply because carbohydrates are involved. The science of metabolism doesn’t allow any variation on this rule.
Carbs, not fats create body fat, especially visceral fat, the kind that kills.
The secret is to get more of your calories from fat and fewer from carbohydrates. Fat has more calories per gram of usable food anyway, making it a much more efficient fuel. Like proteins, carbohydrates only give you 4 calories per gram of food, but fat gives you 9 calories per gram of food. That’s over twice as many calories for the same weight of the food you put in your body.
That means that you have to eat more than twice as many carbohydrates to get the same amount of calories. It’s no wonder that a carbohydrate diet is so fattening.
A high fat, low carb diet is like than running high octane gas in your car but it’s even better, for your body. What high octane gas does for your car, fat does more for your body. On the other hand, What sugar does for your car, it also does to your body. Only it does it much slower.If you know of anyone who has put sugar in a gas tank, you know what that did top the engine. The same thing happens in your body. It gums it up. Glucose is to akin too glue, to be healthy.
It does it slower because your body doesn’t burn fuel as fast or as hot as your car engine, so it takes it longer to gum up. But when it does, the results are exactly the same, disastrous. That is the curse of being on a carbohydrate diet.