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Carbohydrate Converts To Fat

Carbohydrate that’s converted to fat is stored. Those calories are no longer available to the active tissues!This is the essence of energy-partitioning. Eating a calorie doesn’t mean that that calorie remains available to the active tissues as fuel.

This is a mind-numbing revelation. This surely adds a new dimension to the calorie tables, doesn’t it?

Energy-partitioning and Metabolic Adaptations don’t nullify the Energy Balance Equation. They do, however, make an impact upon it. We must account for them when using the Energy Balance Equation for weight loss and weight control purposes.

My growing file of research papers was convincing me that high-carbohydrate diets contributed to increases in body fat. These increases occurred at the same time as decreases in muscle tissue. These changes occurred even during times of calorie deficiency. The research papers demonstrated that the mechanism behind these changes was the conversion of carbohydrate to fat.

The fact was, however, that carbohydrate stimulated its own conversion to fat. Certainly, no one knows why this occurs. It’s just an evolutionary fact. I believe the reason behind it is that during man’s evolution little carbohydrate was available as a food source.

The body’s metabolic machinery developed as a result of consuming mostly meat and fat from animals. That was the primary diet of early humans. Therefore, the body’s machinery didn’t tolerate carbohydrates very well. And for whatever reason, the body developed a biochemical process to store carbohydrates as fat. We’ll never know the real reason why the body did this. But, what we do know is that this is precisely what it does: converts carbohydrate into fat.

There’s overwhelming scientific confirmation of these conversions of carbohydrate to body fat, and they date back more than 140 years.

The Skinny On Fats And Protein!

Foods have varying proportions of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. These are called the macronutrients. Vitamins and minerals are called micronutrients. Carbohydrates and fats serve primarily as sources of fuel. Proteins serve to maintain the structural parts of the body. The body can convert protein to carbohydrate. When it does so, the body uses protein for energy.

It’s clear, then, that the composition of your diet is an important issue. Diet composition influences bodyweight and body composition. A spirited debate has arisen over this issue of diet composition over the last several decades because of the growing interest in the low-carbohydrate diet. Researchers have, for many years, explored the influence of diet composition on changes in bodyweight and body composition. It seems ‘logical’ that the fat you eat becomes the fat on your body. Most people, therefore, avoid fat consumption because they believe that

“fat-goes-to-fat.”

Diet composition is the percent of each of the three energy foods — protein, carbohydrates, and fat — in the diet. Over the years, scientists have tried varying all three.

For simplicity though, there are three primary variations of diet composition: the low-fat diet, the low-carbohydrate diet, and the mixed diet. A low-fat diet is 15-30% of the daily calorie intake as fat. A low-carbohydrate diet, however, has a different definition depending on the designator. It shouldn’t, but it does.

Scientists usually consider a low-carbohydrate diet one in which 45-50% of its calories is carbohydrate. Proponents of the low-carbohydrate diet believe that this diet should contain between 60-80 grams of carbohydrate per day. If one consumed 2,500 calories per day, 80 grams yields 13% of the calories as carbohydrate.

The mixed diet is typical of what most people consume. It’s composed of about 15%-protein, 40%-fat, and 45%- carbohydrate. Scientists call this diet the “super-market” or the “cafeteria” diet. It’s well known that this type of diet leads to overweight and obesity, a fact beyond dispute, a fact that even I agree with.

Scientists refer to the super-market diet as a high-fat diet. Unfortunately, they have left out another key term for this diet and that is that this diet is also a high- carbohydrate diet. Therefore, it is both high-fat and high- carbohydrate. Misstating the true link between the carbohydrate and fat content in the super-market diet has produced an enormous amount of confusion. It has confused both scientists and the public.

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