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Eat Fat, Get Fat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

There is so much conflicting information regarding the ingestion of fat, and especially saturated fats. I have found sources that say ingested fat is stored so quickly that during an autopsy they can tell what was the source of your fat. What I mean is that the can see that your body fat is made up of olive oil, or a bunch of fat from beef, etc.

On the flip side, many paleo nutritionists say that ingested fat is not stored as fat. I have also read that the excess fat you eat is excreted.

So does eating fat make you fat or not? Please provide sources if you have them handy.

Thanks

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on February 16, 2013
at 05:04 PM

thhq- Atkins does not = paleo. Andrew's view is true for many people, myself included. The quality of fat and a good balance among nutrients, and not overeating create a key to health. Low fat diets have caused countless issues with obesity.

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on February 16, 2013
at 04:12 PM

It has to do with the energy required to store them, given the Thermic Effect of Food. I hate to cite Berkham, but: http://www.leangains.com/2010/11/cheat-day-strategies-for-hedonist.html Another good primer far more related to the OP's original question would be here: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nutrition/excess-protein-and-fat-storage-qa.html

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:27 PM

well at least in my experience...the fattier the food, the leaner i get.

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:56 AM

you lost me with the "Carbs are something like 0.4 per 1 calorie. Protein takes 4x per 1. And fat can be stored at a 1:1 ratio"...can you dumb it down a bit for me

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:01 AM

Not so. The most successful people in Wing's NWCR population keep weight off best on low fat diets. They've tried to recruit Atkin's high fatters to participate, but there aren't very many people who succeed at weight control using the high fat approach.

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at 01:50 AM

*I have found sources that say ingested fat is stored so quickly that during an autopsy they can tell what was the source of your fat* -- Present your "sources"

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:21 AM

I dont think its the fat or the carbs. I think it is all abouit what your body does with it. Nutrient Partitioning.

If you eat more fat, you burn more fat.

If you eat more carbs, you burn more carbs.

All calories get stored as fat one way or the other, it's just a matter of how easily?

Carbs are something like 0.4 per 1 calorie. Protein takes 4x per 1. And fat can be stored at a 1:1 ratio.

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:56 AM

you lost me with the "Carbs are something like 0.4 per 1 calorie. Protein takes 4x per 1. And fat can be stored at a 1:1 ratio"...can you dumb it down a bit for me

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on February 16, 2013
at 04:12 PM

It has to do with the energy required to store them, given the Thermic Effect of Food. I hate to cite Berkham, but: http://www.leangains.com/2010/11/cheat-day-strategies-for-hedonist.html Another good primer far more related to the OP's original question would be here: http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nutrition/excess-protein-and-fat-storage-qa.html

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on February 15, 2013
at 09:12 AM

Whether it's "stored" or not is irrelevant. It gets stored and released between meals for energy. So if you eat too much you'll gain fat. When you're overeating it is the fat that you're eating being stored because it's an extremely efficient process. To store glucose you have to be eating basically zero fat and then max out both your liver and muscle glycogen stores for it to be converted to adipose tissue. Protein being stored as fat is even more unlikely because it has to be converted to glucose then fat, which isn't going to happen in any realistic scenario.

Basically, if you overeat you'll gain fat. Even an extremely low fat vegan is getting at least 150 calories of fat per day in their diet.

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:54 AM

I think eating tons of PUFA's and toxic, processed vegetable could definitely result in some type of obesity. Eating coconut oil and butter I don' think would make someone fat.

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on February 15, 2013
at 01:35 AM

I know one thing is true...not eating fat will increase your chances of being not only fat but depressed & fatigued as well

eat your fat

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on February 16, 2013
at 05:04 PM

thhq- Atkins does not = paleo. Andrew's view is true for many people, myself included. The quality of fat and a good balance among nutrients, and not overeating create a key to health. Low fat diets have caused countless issues with obesity.

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:01 AM

Not so. The most successful people in Wing's NWCR population keep weight off best on low fat diets. They've tried to recruit Atkin's high fatters to participate, but there aren't very many people who succeed at weight control using the high fat approach.

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:27 PM

well at least in my experience...the fattier the food, the leaner i get.

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on February 16, 2013
at 03:32 AM

Not eating fat makes you fatter - there is a lot of evidence towards that. Fat is satiating and your body must have it. Eat your fat and forget the traditional dietary advice, it's outdated and completely false. There is a huge difference between the effects good and bad fats.

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on February 15, 2013
at 05:46 AM

Calories will decide whether your body stores fat or not. If in a deficient according to your BMR, you are not going to get fat eating fat (choose good fats, coconut oil, avocado, sprouted nuts, grass fed butter). But it has been proven that a reduced carbohydrate- higher fat-calorie controlled diet will result in a deeper FAT loss experience than say, versus a higher carb and low fat diet. I think the bottom line is fat will not MAKE you fat if you don't eat more than your body burns. Make sure to eat good fats, in the appropriate amounts for you, and it will not make you fat.

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:11 AM

carbs is what makes me fat. eating fat makes me ripped!

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:00 AM

does eating fat make you fat or not?

Are we talking about YOU? Are YOU fat? What have YOU been eating?

Not all fats are created equal.

Eating fat does not make ME fat. Eating too many carbs makes me fat. I lose fat by controlling my carb intake and eating more of these fats: animal fats, eggs, cheese, butter, raw milk, coconut oil, and avocado.

You should read: Good Calories, Bad Calories and The Perfect Health Diet.

For even more about how you have to eat fat to lose fat, try: The New Atkins.

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