Your body changes in real time based on the food you feed it. Your metabolism slows down after a fatty meal. Please read on.

Start at minute 29:45 to understand how you can speed up your metabolism to burn more calories.

Easiest to understand explanation of influencing calorie burning I have received.

Summary to this section of the video:

Dr Neal looks at a muscle cell because they are your calorie burners. In your muscle cell, the two things we are concerned about here are :

1) mitochondria – this is where energy for your cells are generated

2) fat in the muscle cell – serves as alternative fuel source to sugars in the blood, or fat stored in adipose tissue etc.

Problem : Fat in muscle cells slows down after-meal calorie burn

Why? : Fat is still biologically favored by our bodies because it is seen as a protection from when food is scarce. When fat enters the muscle cells, mitochondria production is turned down. This means our bodies are conserving the intracellular muscle fat because it is less able to burn it off. 

Solution : Reduce the fat intake so that intracellular muscle fat is less, therefore mitochondria activity remains high.

Note : I am not advocating reducing the fat in your diet to a very low level. We need to take in fats. Good fats like essential fatty acids – omega 3, and 6. EFAs support the cardiovascular, immune, reproductive and nervous systems.

So why are we told to reduce fat intake? It is usually the hard fats this is referring to. Hard fats are ones found in meats and dairy products. However taking in hard fats such as natural hard fats (not damaged by processing) is not detrimental if taken in quantities our bodies can burn. The problem arises when hard fat intake is in excess.

* please watch the full video if you want to understand why eating more plants can make a better you.

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4 thoughts on “How to avoid slowing down your metabolism – managing fat intake

  1. Thanks for posting the video by Dr. Neal. It reminds me of the truth which often gets clouded by involuntary amnesia, as we are bombarded with fast-food commercials (late at night I might add… helps to keep the craving strong), confusing diet claims and unseen additives to processed foods. I’ve been saying all along that I am a meat-eater, “it’s in my DNA” which is something Dr. N pointed out. We can change thinking, leading to changes in tastes in healthier foods. So, I love meats and seafood. Seafood is something I choose to keep in my diet. But I can avoid chicken, beef and pork (ahhh bacon, you are so scrumptious to my now, patterned meat-laden brain). YET I am down for the soy & wheat gluten bacon alternatives. Thanks again! Karen

    • Hi Roselake, firstly well done on taking steps to creating a healthier you. It does not matter where you are in the process right now, the most important bit is the decision to make a change and the FIRST steps of action towards that goal to take control of your body back. It is great that you are taking baby steps with the meat alternatives, I still have faux meat in my meals occasionally because they are so convenient!
      Thank you for dropping by my blog and letting me know my posts are helping. It means a lot to me.
      All the best in your journey 🙂 keep me posted on your progress!
      Lots of love, Sarah.

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