“Fat burners are made, they aren’t born… well, they were born, but then ruined, now re-made…”
– Dr. Eric, discussing the importance of fat in a workshop
Yeah, that is my quote. Good one for a few reasons. The back tracking is actually really important, because the reality is that most people have ruined the fat burning potential of their children by the time they are 6. Why? Because fat burning is a bio-chemical process that requires well oiled pathways.
The key, if you remember the first part to this series, is in the caloric content of fat. 9 per gram. A significant source of energy. The average child raised on a “good” diet, rich with fruits and vegetables, will be a fat burner. They are fat burners, even though they aren’t necessarily eating a diet rich in fat right now. But they did.
Breast milk has approximately 4.2g of fat per 100ml according to wikipedia; of course the composition changes dramatically from feeding to feeding, but based more on the mothers fluid consumption than her fat consumption. That means there is approximately 36 calories of fat per 100ml of milk. Guess who learns how to use fat for energy? That little furnace that is a burning fire of metabolism. Which just might have been you.
Now we have established that we all start as fat burners, and the really cool thing is that it continues forever, as long as we don’t screw it up. We do need to keep consuming fat, but we also have to watch out for… sugar. Yep. Number one cause of the reduction of fat burning capacity, is the consumption of sugar.
And so, once again, the discussion degenerates into a leptin workshop! LOL – yeah, seriously, I laugh, as all of my diet talks inevitably end up discussing leptin, the little master hormone that means everything to those who cannot lose weight, to those with fertility issues or thyroid imbalances, to those with any hormonal balance really. Hopefully you have followed our Daily Sprout’s and have picked up on the Leptin discussion, and realize that this is the hormone that tells you to
BURN FAT and to STOP EATING.
Bob has done a good job getting people skinny, but even he is missing the real point… but it is a good start.
Yeah, it is a little important when it comes to utilizing fat for energy. The problem is that the more sugar we eat, the worse your leptin sensitivity becomes. Wearing down over time to the point where you have little to no function in hearing this beautiful little hormone’s call to stop eating and burn fat. Thus, ultimately, the thing that has made fat stop making you skinny, is sugar.
If we come full circle on today’s lesson, we will find ourselves standing here wondering what I need to do in order to get myself back to a place, where eating fat, makes me thin. The answer is simply to reduce sugar, and increase healthy fat. It takes time, so the “60 Day Diet” is designed to attack it quickly, otherwise results are slow to come, and commitments are quick to wane.
Good fats that bring back leptin sensitivity quickly:
Pasture (grass fed) butter
Nuts and seeds – almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia, pepitas, sunflower, sesame, flax, chia (and others)
Jump on it!! Be well and Be blessed! – Dr. E