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Often the biggest misconception about the keto diet: eating fat leads to weight gain or obesity. That’s likely because we’ve been conditioned to believe eating a low-fat diet leads to weight loss. But all dietary fat doesn’t end up as belly fat. Not all fats are created equal. Without getting into the obvious, by eating more fat, we are advocating healthy unsaturated fats such as the fat found in avocado, nuts such as pistachio, walnuts, almond, brazil nuts, etc and omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon and the like. 

Metabolism

When we eat proteins and carbohydrates, the pancreas releases insulin into the blood. Insulin is a hormone that signals to our cells to absorb nutrients (such as glucose) and to start using glucose for energy. Any excess glucose is stored as glycogen or converted into fat by the liver or specialized fat storage cells.

Insulin isn’t released when fat is consumed. Fat is absorbed in the intestines and enters the bloodstream circulation as lipoproteins. Fat is a major source of energy for the body, so much of the fat consumed in food is used to keep us alive.

Excess fat is broken down and stored as fatty acids in the liver, or as body fat. This shows that even though proteins, fats, and carbohydrates may be metabolized differently, in both mechanisms the excess food energy is stored as body fat.

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Dietary Fat Doesn’t Immediately End Up as Body Fat

Instead, it should be recognized that excess food in general–whether carbohydrates, proteins or fat–can become body fat.

Low-calorie, low-carbohydrate diets are increasingly recognized to be more satiating than low-calorie mixed diets (meaning, overall calorie intake is reduced to promote weight loss). Many people on the keto diet commonly experience the feeling of being more satisfied after eating, and this could contribute to weight loss–but scientists have yet to find a clear advantage of keto for weight loss when compared to any other. 

Simply said, in the Keto diet, we train our bodies to burn fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates. By minimizing carb and sugar intake, over time our bodies adapt to that change to burn fat. Fast Protein Protein Powder is an excellent way to consume protein intake while minimizing carbohydrate intake.

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