5 Factors That Build Fat, & 5 That Eliminate It...
5 Factors That Build Fat
Insulin increases fat cell numbers… Signs of abnormal insulin levels include dark patches of skin and central obesity [fat around the waist and under the chin]. Cut the sugar and most of the starch out of your diet.
2. Omega 6 Fatty Acids
Enzymes in your body convert these into AA [arachidonic acid] which makes fat cells divide. In addition to a diet high in omega 6, inadequate sleep, stress and obesity can also lead to an excess of these enzymes. Cut the vegetable oils out of your diet and go to bed.
This drives insulin production and insulin turns on enzymes in the liver and in fat cells that convert sugar into its storage form: triglyceride fat. Again, cut the sugar out of your diet.
These stimulate fat cell division. Your body is making these all the time, but levels significantly rise during times of stress or inadequate sleep. Again, go to bed.
5. Mega Trans Fats
These are fucking horrible for you in general, but as for building fat, they promote free radical formation, cell membrane damage and inflammation, all of which lead to the deposition of belly and neck fat [omental and submandibular] while intercepting healthy cell building signals. Again, cut the vegetable oils out of your diet.
5 Factors That Eliminate Fat
Sleep reduces corticosteroid levels and increases levels of immune system chemicals that reduce inflammation and fat cell number.
*If you feel like you’re doing everything right but still struggling to lose that belly fat, chances are high that it’s sleep related… Go to bed.
Exercise reduces insulin and corticosteroid levels in addition to many other less well-known proinflammatory and fat promoting chemicals. There is also exciting research [for me, at least] into what happens at the cellular level: basically, fat tissue belongs to a class of tissue called connective tissue; this includes blood, bone, muscle, collagen, etc. Some cell biologists believe that a connective tissue cell permanently retains its ability to transform into another cell type whenever it is given the chemical signal to do so. This process - called transdifferentiation - can make fat cells leave your adipose tissue and migrate to become new muscle, bone or even brain cells… You can control this chemical signalling with what you put in your mouth and what you expose your body to...
3. Conjugated Linoleic Acid [CLA]
CLA reduces fat cell numbers and appetite, and also stimulates thermogenesis [the burning of calories] by uncoupling proteins 1 and 3 - this uncoupling leads to extra calories being burned by increasing body temperature. You can find CLA in high quality, full fat dairy and wild or pastured meat.
Retinoids include vitamin A from animal fat and organs and, to a lesser extent, vitamin A precursors [carotenoids] from vegetables. Vitamin A is a catalyst on which innumerable biochemical processes depend on. This vital nutrient is needed for the growth and repair of body tissues; the utilization of protein; protection of the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, throat and lungs; the production of testosterone, vital for weight management; it helps to build strong bones and teeth; it is essential for good eyesight; it aids in the production of RNA; vital for adrenal and thyroid health; contributes to the health of the immune system; and just so, so much more… The conversion rate from carotenoids is pretty poor [about 6 - 1], and synthetic vitamin A can be toxic even at low levels - try to stick to animal fat and organs…
In brief, leptin is a hormone that reduces fat cell numbers and helps regulate satiety. Leptin signalling is blocked by inflammation [caused by sugar and vegetable oils]. A lower carb diet will, among other cool things, improve leptin sensitivity which will help prevent hunger and enhance sleep… See number 1 for sleep benefits…
Our physiology is very logical in how it responds to what you give it…
A sedentary lifestyle provides no stimulus for change, and on a proinflammatory diet [vegetable oil and sugar], our physiology starts making fat cells at an astonishingly high rate. [This certainly isn't the only drawback, I should point out...]
When we get real food, exercise and adequate rest, our bodies default reaction is to transform into something much, much better… A lean, healthy, high performing, DAMN good looking specimen of human perfection... A goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus.
“Sit the f*** down and have a beer…”
~ Coach Collins