#56 Health Blog – Let’s Get Serious About How Body Fat Works

Good Morning!

I want to start out by saying that we still don’t know what causes obesity as a matter of general consensus. This kind of seems crazy to me because the current evidence is so compelling, but information like this takes a long time to spread throughout the medical community and then even more time for people’s individual opinions to change. So all I can do as an individual is use what works regardless of what the medical community says. *shrug* I might being wrong in my choosing in the very long term, but I guess it’s what’s working for me to become less obese in the short term.

On Monday’s post, I wrote about the lecture I watched of Gary Taubes explaining the cause, or why we get fat, that being the carbohydrates we eat makes the hormone insulin increase in our bodies which makes us store any excess energy as body fat.

What I learned yesterday while reading “The Obesity Code” by Dr. Jason Fung*, is what is needed to make fat storing actually happen.

I like the wallet analogy that Dr. Fung uses.

In our bodies, energy storage comes in many forms, but the main two are glycogen that is stored in the liver, muscles, and triglycerides that are stored in the fat cells.

Glycogen in our liver and muscles is like the money in our wallet: it’s readily available and easy to use.

Triglycerides are in our fat cells is like our money in the bank: more difficult to get at and requires a bit of work to use. It’s also only generally tapped in to when blood glucose and glycogen stores are low.

Think about tapping into the energy stored in fat like you would make a withdraw from the bank to put the money into your wallet so that you can use it easily.

This process only works when the hormone insulin is low, because we already know high insulin levels in the body will store energy into our fat cells.

So if you’re insulin resistant like I am, and your insulin levels are always high, you will always be in fat storing mode.

The only way to get energy out of the fat cell is to

  • need energy (not having a down-regulated metabolism)
  • have room and need for more glycogen in the liver (room for money in the wallet)
  • have low insulin level

The easiest way to get into the state where all three of these conditions are met, is fasting.

Keep a look out for the post on Saturday to learn more.

Progress

Still moving in the right direction!

At The Gym

Yesterday was a leg-day. I’m happy that my leg-days are a more functional training rather than straight-up heavy lifts. Both are awesome, but it’s nice to be able to actually stand up and be able to walk for the two days afterward without being an agony.

After the stretches, here’s what we did:

  • Got warmed up with a Seated Leg Press, 3 x 20, progressive increase 45 lbs, 135 lbs, 180 lbs.
  • Single Leg Extension, 3 x 15, 20 lbs.
  • Super Set 3 x 12
    • TRX Squats, Body Weight.
    • Single Leg Stiff Leg Dead Lift, 40 lbs.
  • Cable Standing Front Leg Raise, 3 x 12, 10 lbs.
  • Seated Hamstring Curl, 3 x 15, 40 lbs.

The Next Meal

Bacon and an omelette is what I’m thinking this morning after I’m finished writing, but I’m not very physically hungry this morning so I might keep [intermittent] fasting until noon.

The beef and broccoli was so good. I eat it so often that I feel like I might turn in either of them, but can you blame me? It’s such a tasty and satiating meal.

I grabbed some mild Italian sausages from the grocery yesterday. It’s been awhile since I’ve had them. I might try my hand and whipping up some sort of faux bun for them using the normal keto bread ingredients like eggs, almond flour, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and cauliflower, but who knows. I might wrap them up and bake them. Pig in a blanket haha!

I also picked up cauliflower, asparagus, and more bacon; it was on sale and you can’t go wrong with having more bacon. I might just wrap that asparagus with the bacon to keep with wrapping theme.

Blueberries and strawberries are back on the menu as well, my two favorites.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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Author: Karsy

Your average writer, maker, robot programming, gaming, tig welding, foodie, car jock, who loves to travel and is obsessed with coffee and lifting heavy things. Cheers!

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