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hey everyone it’s Thomas de Lauer here and today I want to break down how exactly carbohydrates convert to fat in your body okay we all hear that carbohydrates eventually turn to fat but how come no one is talking about the actual process in which it happens inside your body I want to break it down for you because it’s actually quite simple and a lot of people overcomplicate it here’s essentially what is happening when we consume carbohydrates they’re broken down into smaller particles that are called glucose this is the usable form of energy within the body so what our body doesn’t end up using in the form of glucose for immediate energy needs it stores in the liver and it stores in the muscles in the form of what is called glycogen once the immediate needs for energy are met and the muscle and the liver have stored up glycogen then another process can occur which is called de novo lipogenesis and that de novo lipid Genesis is the magic phrase here what that means is the creation of fat from a non fat particle it’s almost the magical assimilation and building of fat from something that is not fat in this case carbohydrates you see this de novo lipid Genesis happens through a simple process what happens is this glucose is converted into what are called free fatty acids they’re basically fat molecules that are floating around the bloodstream and ready to be utilized but these fat molecules bind with a glycerol molecule to form something that is called a triglyceride I’m sure you’ve heard of that before maybe your doctor’s told you need to get those numbers down maybe they’ve told you that you’re an unhealthy level of triglycerides basically all that means is you’ve got three fatty acid molecules that are bound to a glycerol molecule well the thing about these triglycerides is they’re used a little bit differently within the body you see the thing is actually creating these triglycerides and going through this process is rather inefficient for the body and there’s a few reasons that the body will start to up regulate this de novo lipid Genesis meaning starting to increase the amount of fat that is stored from carbohydrates okay the first one is simply a poor diet and a lack of exercise over a period of time we get our body’s conditions to storing those carbohydrates as a source of fat the next one is simply eating a high of carbs over a short period of time you see you’ve now conditioned your body to utilize those carbohydrates and what you don’t use as immediate energy your body gets a very efficient at storing as triglycerides then the third reason that people end up storing a lot of carbohydrates as fat is because they end up reducing their fat content way too much in their diet usually when they’re trying to do something good you know you’re trying to reduce your calories so you go on maybe this low-fat diet where you don’t have a lot of fats but you have a higher amount of carbohydrates less than 10% of your dietary fats coming in through your food can make it more efficient for your body to store those carbohydrates as a form of fat now why does our body want to store carbohydrates that’s fat so bad well it’s simple fat is more calorically dense the simple fact is that the body wants to store cards as fat because later on it’s going to yield more energy from that fat it makes sense if we’re going to go through a ton of survival or fathom we actually need to have those fat molecules stored up in our body so it makes perfect sense but here’s what’s interesting some of the research is now suggesting that the fat that we deposit in the fat that we store that comes from carbohydrates being converted into fat is more dangerous than the fat that we just accumulate from consuming extra calories or consuming excess fat yes quite literally the fat that come from carbs and those triglycerides can be much much worse inside the body and a lot of times it has to do with the fact that this is dnl causes the promotion of what is called palmitate and palmitate is extremely inflammatory and has been linked to a lot of diseases so not only are we looking at a worse kind of body fat that’s hard to get rid of but we’re looking at an inflammatory marker as well we’re looking at something that can trigger more inflammation now last but not least triglycerides are hard to transport through the blood so they end up binding with proteins in order to be transported and this is where you get lipoproteins or high levels of bad cholesterol so now you can see the simple facts excess carbohydrates that convert to fat not only are more difficult to get rid of but they are also worse when it comes to increasing your cholesterol levels it’s also worse when it comes down increasing inflammation within the body so there you have it a simple science of why carbs convert to fat and how that really ends up working inside your body so that you know that you can start breaking away from the usual high carb low fat diet and maybe 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How Carbs Turn to Fat: Weight Loss Secret- Thomas DeLauer… Ketosis, Carbs, Fats, it’s All Here:
How do Carbs Convert to Fat? When we eat carbs:
Carbs break down into smaller units, glucose, that is used for fuel by the body
Excess carbs are then stored in the liver and muscle as glycogen
Once our immediate energy needs and glycogen stores are full, the excess is stored as fat through a process called de novo lipogenesis (DNL)
DNL literally means the creation of fats through non-fat sources
Glucose is converted into fatty acids
Most fats stored in the body are stored in the form of triglycerides
Triglycerides are three fatty acids chains bound to a glycerol molecule
Fairly inefficient for the body, thus certain conditions upregulate DNL
Poor diet for a long period (excess calories, simple carbs, high alcohol consumption, etc)
Very high intake of carbs over a few days
Less than 10% fat diet
Why do we store extra carbs as fat? Fatty acids are used for energy in times of food storage or when we are in ketosis (using fats for fuel) Fatty acids also function as important signaling molecules in the body. Fats are more energy-dense than carbs and thus best for a stored form of energy. The problem in our current day culture is that we tend to consume too much food, especially in the form of simple carbohydrates, like white bread and sugar, without having periods of famine where we burn stored lipids for energy. We can also of course get lipids for the diet, and triglycerides are then stored from the fats that we eat. Thus there are different kinds of triglycerides. There is evidence that the lipids produced from DNL may differ in important ways from those we get directly from the diet. This may have an impact on disease states such as type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
When DNL is broken down, palmitate forms. Palmitate has been tied to an increased production of reactive oxygen species and inflammatory cytokines. High triglyceride levels are correlated with disease, with simple carbs such as alcohol and white sugar, as well as trans-fats and saturated fats found in things such as red meat and margarine, are found to raise triglyceride levels more so than the fats found in nuts, olive oil and avocados. Triglycerides and cholesterol cannot be transported through the blood as is and are thus packaged into a lipoprotein by the liver, where they are combined with protein.
Too high levels of triglycerides have been linked to arterial plaque buildup, leading to atherosclerosis. Those with high triglycerides usually have higher LDL.
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