Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It

I’ve been reading this book Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes and it’s just a fantastic book. It’s scientific, but not to the degree where you go ‘I’m not reading this, to many weird words’. You still have to concentrate here and there though when it’s a lot of talk about triglycerides, LDL, HDL, insulin, glucose, glycogen and a few other similar sounding words. All Taubes talks about is lots of history of weight loss and diets, lots of older research and quite a bit of never research. And it’s nothing controversial about it, except it has been suppressed the last 40-50 years, because of one conclusion that was made before a study was even begun. So, because of one assumption, the whole idea of why we get fat changed and it’s the wrong idea. We all need to go back to the pre 1970’s idea of what healthy food is and how to lose weigh and maintain weight loss is done healthy and safe. And it actually works.

Now I am sure you are thinking; what is the secret, tell me now!!! Well, there is no secret, it has been out there for years and years, it’s  just that so many people have different interests than saving your health. They’d rather get rich in denying facts.

The “secret” is; Carbohydrates makes you fat. No surprises there. Fat and protein on the other hand does not make you fat. And, you don’t get fat because you eat more, you eat more because you are fat (sounds pretty crazy, I know, I will try to make sense out of it for you).

Carbohydrates, the big evil, has only been around in the masses that it is today (sugar and wheat) for the last 0.5% of the human era. The previous 99.5% of the time there has been humans on earth, we haven’t had so much readily available carbs everywhere. There was some carbs in seasonable fruit and berries, roots, nuts and vegetables. But now carbs are the first thing you see when you walk into the supermarket (fruit, bread, yoghurt) and the last thing you see when you leave (chocolate, chips and lollies). You literally can’t avoid carbs anywhere. Unless you decide to and focus on it everyday.

olive oil

Popular fat source in Greece

Taubes why we get fat

Good read

Fat and cholesterol are good for you

Another good read!

What does carbs do? They stimulate your pancreas to release insulin into your bloodstream (I’m gonna try not to get to technical here, please bare with me) to deal with the elevated blood sugar after consuming carbs (any time, bread, apple, lolly). How much insulin and how fast is determined by how easily digested the carbohydrates you just ate are. What it basically does is taking the blood sugar to your muscles for energy straight away and the leftover to your butt for energy you can use later. Unfortunately, most of us eat so much carbs on a daily basis that we never need the stored energy and it just sits there on your butt and accumulates a little more every day.

It doesn’t matter if you’re on a calorie restricted diet, as long as you keep eating carbs, you are still programming your body to store fat. When restricting calories, you are simply starving your body for energy, and your body slows down and uses as little as possible. When you start eating sufficiently again, your body stores back the fat it has lost. It’s not about calories in vs calories out, because a calories is not just a calorie. The different macronutrients react different in your body and carbs are the only one to tell your body to store fat. That’s why sticking to a low carb diet is great for weight loss and to avoid weight gain.

When cutting back on carbs, you will (probably) need to add something else, and here is where it goes pear shaped for many (most?). Because we are so used to hearing how fat is bad for us, so we try to avoid it as best as we can (seriously, how many low fat diets haven’t you seen the last 30-40 years?!), because we are scared of a) getting fat and b) dying of a heart disease. Well, no one can actually prove either. But there is plenty of research showing how having a diet high in fat (including saturated fats) actually are beneficial for your cholesterol profiles and you actually lose weight and your risk of a heart attack lowers. Controversial? Maybe, but it’s proven again and again.

Do a little research for yourself if you don’t believe me. I’ll write more about Gary Taubes, carbs, fat and how we get fat later. What do you think?

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15 Responses to Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It

  1. Nicole Rae says:

    Great post! I haven’t read that book but I will look for it because I completely agree. As I’m just starting my own serious research into why I’m overweight, I looked back to my grandparents and parents. They grew up on farms eating milk, red meat, eggs, butter etc. and yet it is MY generation who are fat. Fat does not make you fat. Carbs have to be monitored. Thanks for the great post!

    • Thank you! I agree, I grew up n a farm with all those things, but only started putting on weight when I moved out and started eating noodles, pasta and pizza on a regular basis. And drinking more beer of course. Good luck in your research, there’s a few more posts on LCHF and diet on my blog, just search for it in the search field. 🙂

  2. susanklement says:

    I love this! When I read this book, it was so strange to me, I had to re-read sections over and over because it was so different from everything I thought I knew that I had trouble wrapping my head around it. But it is interesting that Americans have been eating less and less fat and getting fatter and fatter. And when you point this out, people say the fat people must be eating more fat than they think–way to dismiss everything that doesn’t agree with them without actually presenting any facts. I know since I have read that book and changed my diet, I have lost weight, inches and a clothing size. I had been exercising and eating low fat for a long time and losing no weight at all….

  3. Jayde says:

    great post! where do you get your carbs from?

    • Cheers! Very dependent on the day, where I am and what I am doing. Currently in Greece, from fruit, including tomatoes, lot of vegetables and some pastry (from cheese pies etc, they are too yummy to resist and when on holidays :)). Otherwise I like sweet potato and I eat dark rye bread (and dark chocolate of course) every now and then. I don’t follow a strict plan or anything, just the principle of LCHF, I eat when I am hungry and eat until I am full, and eat whatever I feel like just then. I think life is too short to eat boring and if it makes you feel good it can’t be that bad for you 🙂

  4. quelle78 says:

    cool, I’ll have to check that book out!

  5. griffinsgrub says:

    Great summary. I’ve been reading Taube’s book as well. My doctor suggested I read it when I was diagnosed with diabetes back in April. It was really an eye opener. Another book he recommended which you migh check out is Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint. Following the two and cutting out carbs and changing my diet has allowed me to gain control over my blood sugar level and my A1C. Going back to the doc again next week for a check up, fingers crossed. Anyway, thanks for putting that information out there where others can see it and hopefully learn from it.

    • Well done on changing you diet. I’ve read the Tribal Blueprint too. I’ve ben working with many diabetic clients and 100% of them have gained control over their blood sugar levels, stopped any treatment they were on, lost weight and gained muscle. Keep up the great work!

  6. I recommend looking even further back than the 70’s. People were still trying to get rich off people’s bad health back then. Carbohydrates are in all fruits and vegetables. Eating fruits and vegetables is good and it really doesn’t make sense that you won’t get fat from eating a lot of fat. I’d recommend looking into natural hygiene, the china study, dr. mcdougall and dr. doug graham, just as a start. Science is saying much more so, and has for much longer said, that carbs DO NOT make you fat and are necessities for being healthy and staying fit…whereas fat…will make you fat, in large quantities.

  7. I think one of the big things people do when dieting is not only cut out carbs but cut out protein so they are STARVING. I prefer to reduce carbs but not totally avoid them and make sure my other nutrient intake is good, and especially protein. As protein is so filling I find that I am rarely hungry and therefore don’t need carbs. I’m only going on about this as I found once I was working on clean eating but with a balanced approached I realised how much protein was lacking in my diet when thinking I was healthily eating and that’s why I was so hungry. So instead I focused on food I needed so I wasn’t always thinking “oh i mustn’t have carbs”. This approach is hard as you feel like you are eliminating something. It was much more useful for me to think “ok what meals do i need for my balanced clean eating diet” and by coincidence, carbs were rarely a feature.

    • It’s interesting how people seem to hear NO carbs every time LOW carbs are mentioned. Avoiding carbs 100% is pretty much impossible, but it doesn’t have to be supplied via whole grains, rice, potatoes etc, you get enough through fruit and vegetables 🙂 xo

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