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Fat metabolism

Asked on February 12, 2016
Created January 03, 2016 at 2:53 AM

Lots of Paleo peeps suggest ketosis for a bunch of reasons. It helps that the paleo diet is so high in fat, because you'll have plenty of fuel for ketogenesis. But what happens to dietary fat when you're not in ketosis? I totally understand that simple/complex carbs are broken down and used by cells for ATP synthesis and for storage as glycogen. Fiber helps move things along and give bulk to your poop. Resistant starches can be fermented by gut bacteria. Proteins get broken down and are used for synthesis of other stuff like proteins and neurotransmitters. But what do fats do, other than get incorporated into cell membranes and lipoproteins?

 

I've been using ketone test strips and they always come out negative (because I'm not trying to be in ketosis). That tells me I'm not using fats for energy... Right? Or am I missing something?

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