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Fat is Best Energy Food

Most people still believe that eating fat makes you fat and that fat is just a storage substance. In reality fat is the perfect energy food. It takes fewer enzymatic reactions to get energy from fat than from carbohydrates. Even those who aren’t exercising burn the fat they eat, for the beating of the heart, the action of internal organs or in all cells to keep body temperature normal. Body fat, on the other hand, is not used readily unless you have built up the fat burning enzymes in your cells by eating fat or with strenuous exercise.

A recent program on the internet tells how to get a flat belly. It seems you have to order the program to even get the names of the authors a phone number or address. Many of their suggestions are good, but the explanations aren’t accurate. I agree with the advice not to eat manufactured foods, not to count calories but to eat enough calories including the saturated fat in butter or coconut oil.

I don’t agree that the abnormal chemicals in manufactured foods are bad because they overload the liver so it can’t turn body fat into waste products. Fat itself is one of the cleanest burning fuels for muscles and other organs. However, if you have been eating foods from factory farms, the fat in these often contain insecticides, herbicides, antibiotics and various toxic chemicals. Fat itself does not become waste products.

Proteins are the least efficient fuel. They have to be broken down into amino acids, which change into sugars by producing urea that is excreted. Training tables that had less meat and more carbohydrates got less strain on the liver and kidneys of the athletes. But most runners think that only the burning of carbohydrates produces energy for muscles. They need more fat for energy and more protein to repair muscles.

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