The Big FAT Lie
Over two thirds of Americans are over weight, and half of them are considered obese. Most of remaining third of Americans are concerned about becoming overweight! While we are obsessed with avoiding food that is high in fat, America has dubious distinction of its population having highest percentage of overweight people of any nation in world! England is number two!
One of most common and harmful misunderstandings is misinformation (lie) that we are fat because we eat too much fat. Though eating excess fat can contribute, primary culprit for excess body fat and many degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes is NOT eating foods high in fat, but eating too much carbohydrates and sugar, and especially in combination with fat, such as French Fries and corn or potato chips. People on a high carbohydrate and low fat diet tend to be more unhealthy, carry more excess body fat and don’t live as long.
Putting Brakes to Your Metabolism!
What creates excess body fat, more than anything else, is a high RATIO of carbohydrates to protein and fat, and especially certain types of carbohydrates that have a high conversion rate to fat. When percentage of a meal (not just for day) is higher in sugar or carbohydrates (a long chain of sugar molecules), much more of that food will be converted to fat instead of being burned as energy (calories). The effect of this is putting brakes on your metabolism, which results in lower energy and greater storage of fat. Obviously, this is NOT what you want!
Plus this sets up a vicious cycle of over eating. Once carbohydrates are converted to fat, you get a blood sugar drop, which makes you hungry for more carbohydrates. So you eat more to raise your blood sugar, and whole vicious cycle repeats! Soon, you’ve gained weight, and feel even more like a failure.
According to Glycemic Research Institute, many of “fat-free” foods are much more fattening than they were before fat was removed, because sugar has been added (and often disguised) to compensate for low fat!
This is because carbohydrates and sugar, and especially certain carbohydrates, stimulate insulin production. Insulin directs your body to convert food to fat and store it as fat instead of just burning it as energy. To measure this fat conversion and storage effect, foods are rated by what is called glycemic index. The higher index, higher percentage of that food and other foods eaten with it, will be converted to fat, regardless of fat content of food.
So for an example, eating high glycemic foods like baked potato, rice cakes, corn flakes or cooked oatmeal which are low in fat, is more fattening than eating a juicy beef steak or a bowl of ice cream!