In order to know the how, you first have to know the what. This brings us to the crucial question: what causes body fat storage? According to nutrition author Jonathan Bailor, body-fat storage is not caused by eating a lot of food. Body-fat storage is triggered as a response to eating food that causes us to have more glucose in our bloodstream than we can use at one time. Our body doesn’t run on the food we eat, most often it runs on glucose: a sugar our body creates from the food we eat.
Culprit # 1: Glucose
Researcher and author Steve Phinney, MD, PhD opines how our body has about 40 calories worth of glucose in circulation at any given time. “This means that when you digest starchy foods i.e. rice, pasta and breads: most of the 200 calories of glucose entering the bloodstream has to be rapidly cleared to someplace else to keep blood sugar in the normal range.” That “someplace else” is generally our fat cells.
Culprit # 2: Insulin
Now here’s the main instigator of such process: the hormone insulin. Insulin is manufactured in a digestive organ called the pancreas. Dr Atkins opines that when the sugar level in your blood goes up, the pancreas releases insulin to move the sugar out of the blood. It then transports the blood sugar to your body’s cells for their energy needs. When these needs are met, the liver converts excess glucose into glycogen, which is stored in the liver and muscles for energy use. Once all the glycogen storage areas are filled, the body has to do something with excess glucose. And here is the big revelation: The liver converts the remaining glucose into fat, which become the “storage tanks” of fat on your belly, thighs, buttocks and elsewhere. That’s why insulin is called “the fat-producing hormone.”
Culprit # 3: Trans Fats
Trans fats make you fatter than other foods with the same number of calories;but that’s not all. Researchers at Wake
Forest University find that trans fats increase the amount of fat around the belly. They do this not just by adding new fat, but also by moving fat from other areas of the body to the abdomen. In addition trans fats are known to raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels, therefore increasing your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. The main source of Trans fats are processed foods containing “partially hydrogenated oils.” Most packaged snack foods, margarines and baked goods intended to have a long shelf life are a common source of trans fats . Trans fats are also commonly used in fast food outlets because they are cheaper and can be reused more often to fry foods.
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