The “fat switch”
When looking at weight management in the case of plateaued and stubborn weight loss it is more a matter of energy production and distribution than one of calorie intake.
Decades of studies on how our body mobilises energy by Dr. Richard Johnson, chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado, are now clearly demonstrating that those who are obese eat more because they have triggered a “fat laying switch” with poor food choices and exercise less because of a low energy state.
The key points of his research have revealed that:
- Large portions of food and too little exercise are not solely responsible for weight gain. In fact weight management is more a matter of what type of calories than how many
- Metabolic Syndrome (the way the body will store fat especially around the middle and the liver) is a normal condition that animals undergo to store fat in the autumn in preparation for hibernation or times of scarcities
- Uric acid is increased by specific foods and causally contributes to obesity and insulin resistance. It is also a trigger for inflammation
- Fructose and fructose-containing sugars cause obesity not so much by adding calories but by increasing uric acid as a by-product of the way it is metabolised and used by the cells to produce energy, in effect turning on the fat switch
- Effective treatment of obesity requires avoiding triggering the fat switch with fructose and improving the function of the cells’ mitochondria by reducing poor energy conversion and uric acid formation.
The main fat switch trigger is Fructose
Fructose is found in unnaturally high amounts in
- high fructose syrup used as cheap sweetener by the food industry in all processed foods from biscuits to ketchup and pop
- fruit juices, dried fruits and fruit preparations
- table sugar, brown sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar, agave syrup, honey etc
It is also possible, as demonstrated by Dr Johnson’s research, that “under certain conditions – insulin resistance, diabetes, or simply overweight – complex carbohydrates (whole grains, cereals, pasta, potatoes etc.) are converted to fructose. The main marker for this fat making conversion of carbs to fructose is Uric acid."
Uric acid is very simple to test in the blood and an indicator of poor energy conversion leading to fat storing instead of fat burning. The associated symptoms are fatigue and weight gain as well as elevated blood pressure, cardio-vascular diseases and inflammation/pain (the symptoms normally used as markers in metabolic syndrome).
For effective long term weight management (especially when excess weight is stubborn and accompanied by general fatigue and/or insulin resistance) and to positively influence metabolism (energy mobilisation in the cell) it is essential to:
- Eliminate fructose and most complex carbohydrates.
- Limit fresh fruits to between 15-30 g of fructose per day depending on condition and weight. (As a ball park figure there is 12/15 grams of fructose in a large kiwi fruit.) For more info on fructose content in food you can check nutritiondata.self.com
• Detoxify uric acid by doing regular liver and kidney cleansing • Regular fasting of between 12 and 24hours supported by bowel clearing/colonic irrigation. For more information on detoxification and how to use it to support a healthy metabolism contact colonicpracticelondon.co.uk