View Full Version : Why Eating Animals will help you to lose weight - body fat.

20th September 2012, 08:53 PM
Last time, I broke down the faulty Carb Paradigm we live in.

In case you need one, hereís a quick refresher:

Overweight people with faulty carbohydrate metabolisms are told (by doctors, by government officials, by dietitians) to eat more carbohydrates and less fat.

They do it (carb consumption as a percentage of total caloric intake has increased in line with the obesity epidemic, moreso than either fat or protein). They eat carbs and reduce fat intake.

Because their insulin-resistant bodies canít handle carbs well, they produce lots of insulin to get over the hump. Only problem? Those carbs arenít sequestered into insulin-sensitive muscle glycogen stores as energy, because the muscle is insulin-resistant. Meanwhile, the excessive insulin prevents the burning of fat, and any extra fat and carbs from the meal are instead sequestered into fat cells. People get fatter.

Since the food isnít being used and is instead being stored away for later use, the body thinks itís starving and gets hungrier as a result. People eat more carbs.

The cycle continues uninterrupted.

But no more. It stops here. I think itís time we shift toward a new paradigm. Itís actually a rather old, classic paradigm thatís been forgotten Ė but itís still as valid as ever.

Itís time for the Fat Paradigm. Itís time to start burning fat as fuel. Itís time to move away from sugar burning.

You see, fat is the perfect fuel for us. Itís efficient. It burns clean. And itís the type of fuel our bodies like to burn. Otherwise, why else would we store it on our bodies for lean times?

Thatís what people miss about body fat. Itís not just ďthereĒ because we messed up and our body has nowhere to put it. Body fat, or adipose tissue, is stored energy. Sure, the obese have way too much body fat, but the fact is that our bodies evolved the ability to put fat into fat cells because it is effective fuel.

The problem is that many of us are broken. Sedentary living, modern food toxins, too much stress, not enough sleep, and a distinct lack of play for playís sake (more on this later, if youíre confused about why Iíd rank ďplayĒ with all the other stuff) have fundamentally changed the way we process fuel. Many of us canít even access the stored fat, instead running on sugar (and poorly at that). All that stored energy Ė body fat Ė is going to waste.

So, if youíre overweight or obese, chances are youíre broken. And Ė at least for the time being until youíre healed Ė excess carbohydrates are making the problem worse.

But you can be fixed. You donít need doctors or medication or expensive treatments. You just need to start accessing your body fat and burning fat for fuel.

By converting to an animal fat-based metabolism, you are returning to the ancestral human fuel source. And the best way to switch to fat burning is to start eating more animals and whatever fat comes with them.

Animal fat, especially from ruminants like beef, lamb, and bison, comes with roughly equal proportions of saturated and monounsaturated fats, with a little bit of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats. Interestingly, your own animal fat Ė the fat deposited on your body and the fat that your body is designed to burn for energy in lean times Ė comes with very similar ratios. Itís almost as if animal fat is good for us!

Which brings me to my main point of todayís article: eating animals simply makes everything easier.

With animals, you get healthy animal fat. You get protein, important for building muscles and keeping you full. You get all the micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals that the animal ate, in a form that your body can absorb. Itís the perfect package of nutrition for a fat burner.

Now, I donít hate carbohydrate. They can be useful and even beneficial in certain cases. Eat carbs when you need fuel for endurance activities. Donít eat carbs just because; eat them because you need the energy. Because youíre actually active and they wonít go to waste.


Fat is your friend.

Fat will fuel your everyday activities, your walking, your shopping, your working and reading. Fat can even provide the bulk of the energy required by your brain. Your brain still needs glucose, mind you, but becoming metabolically healthy will allow you to access both glucose and fat for energy.

Bottom line: if youíre overweight, youíre not utilizing the energy stored on your body. Switching over to the Fat Paradigm and a fat-based diet will unlock that stored body fat and allow you to use what youíve already got (plus carbohydrates, when and if you eat them). But if you remain entrenched in the Carb Paradigm, your body never gets the message to start accessing body fat for energy.

If you need to lose weight, start by cutting back on carbs and eating more animals (and their fat). Thatís all it takes to enter the Fat Paradigm and start burning fat, and itís as easy (and delicious) as it sounds.

Next time, Iíll give more details on what and how much to eat, but for now, stick with eating animals.

source - Mark