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 form Dr Perlmutter’s book Grain Brain. Conversely, the thinner you are, the bigger your brain is, also. 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. (19)”
“It’s well documented that visceral fat is uniquely capable of triggering hormonal actions. This, in turn, keeps the cascade of 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. It’s all due to excessive carbohydrate consumption, carbohydrates in the form of cereals, breads and pastas.
It’s true, 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. Eating fat makes you thin.
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 diet high in fats and low in carbohydrates. They began emerging in the mid-to-late-2000s which evaluate low-carbohydrate diets over much longer periods, controlled studies as long as two years and survey studies as long as two decades. In complete contradiction of what the USDA was telling us to eat, a lot of carbohydrates with low fat and low cholesterol, a lot more people are choosing the low carb diet instead of the low fat diet. Those who are on a ketogenic diet, already know the benefits that come with being on it, can’t be surpassed.
Dr Atkins was the first to promote a low carbohydrate 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. It seems that too many members of our congress thought it better to restrict our consumption fats, thinking that’s what was causing all the problem with obesity and diabetes. In all actuality, it 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.
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 sugar. 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.”. 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 in 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 to use. They’re digested in your small intestine unlike carbs that are digested cellularly with the help of insulin. That means that the glucose that carbs become have to float around in your blood stream 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 mid section, 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 higher octane fuel for our bodies to use. Carbohydrates have a tendency to gum up your body. They do it by creating plaque. That gets into to glycation of proteins and LDL cholesterol, which you can read about in Carbs, How The Cause AGEs.
Excess Body Fat caused by Excessive Carbohydrate Consumption
is the foundation of inflammation.
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 has the ability to kill us slowly and expensively, with an arm long list of disorders. For this one reason alone, the power of being thin by eating fat 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. While doing that it actually helps your brain grow, through a little protein in your brain 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.
Calorie restriction on a carbohydrate diet is next to impossible, yet I do it every day and quite easily comfortably, while on my MCT ketogenic diet. MCT ketogenic diet is in my estimation as 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 is optimal for this, as it contains lauric acid and lauric acid is the foundation of HDL cholesterol, the good cholesterol.
Eating Fat Balances Cholesterol
Going back to what Dr Miller says, had included in his paper, “calorie restriction prolongs life as well as helps to make y0ur 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 has lauric acid in its chain of triglycerides, which is the foundation of HDL cholesterol. This means that a diet high in coconut oil MCTs helps build up HDL cholesterol, which in turn can help lower LDL cholesterol. Lauric acid is at the core of apolipoprotein A, 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.
For MCTs, I like milk fat. All milk fats are MCTs. That means that all milk fat 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 that healthy the 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, the healthier.
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 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. Eggs are arguably the best source of healthy protein and cholesterol. The cholesterol is the kind your body loves, not the kind your body makes, with glucose. That’s the LDL particles, the dangerous stuff, that is what you need to stay away from. It’s the product of carbs.