Burn Fat and Turn On ‘Skinny Hormones’


Are you confused about what to eat to stay trim and what foods to avoid so you don’t pack on mid-body and back fat? You’re not alone. The information out there is vast, varied and can be misleading.

Each and every cell in your body requires a non-stop supply of either fatty acids (healthy, trimming fats) or glucose to stay alive and activate good metabolism. Long chained fatty acids (LCFAs) derived from saturated fats found in animal products as well as proteins and carbohydrates require insulin to create energy. Medium chained fatty acids (MCFAs), found abundantly in coconut oil, require absolutely no insulin, enzymes or bile to digest. These MCFAs go directly to the liver, bypassing the blood stream. They activate the thyroid – thusly increasing metabolism – and are the preferred source of energy for the brain, second only to glucose. Due to the magical digestive pathway of coconut oil, it actually activates the burning of stored fat. Because excess insulin likes to store as fat, coconut oil can help regulate insulin. Additionally, it helps build muscle without exercise.

Even more interesting, both proteins and carbohydrates convert to glucose (a sugar) in the liver. So if your diet is primarily high in proteins and carbohydrates with a low percentage of fatty acids andyou’ve been eating this type of diet for decades, your resistance to insulin will be more likely, which means more dreaded belly fat.

We must ask ourselves, what, besides the healthy ‘fat burning fats,’ are we missing from our daily diets? Ninety percent of the time, the answer is fiber. The goal is 30 grams of fiber per day: fiber from cellulose (vegetables), fiber from pectin (fruit skins), as well as water soluble fiber from low-glycemic starches that swell in water. Japanese researchers found that people who ate diets high in fermentable fibers, like those found in oats, barley and bran, had significantly lower levels of abdominal fat and ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol after just twelve weeks. These fibers activate the release of a glucagon-like peptide known as GLP-1 and something called peptide YY (PYY). Both help cells, particularly fat cells, become more sensitive to insulin, breaking down stored fat to be used for energy. These two hormones have a second bonus in that they trigger satiety, which lets you know that you’re full. Lastly, ample daily fiber intake controls and regulates insulin which assists in burning stored fat.

As fats and toxins are released from your cells, the three fibers mentioned above attach themselves and drag both the stored fat and toxic debris out via the intestines. Bottom line? You have to poop. A lot. You goal is 24 inches per day, about three fingers in diameter. The bonus? Coconut oil also creates slide and glide in the poop chute, assisting further removal of unwanted fats. For more information, I go into great detail on the subject in my book my book Fries, Thighs and Lies.


About Deborah Arneson

Deborah Arneson holds a B.S. in Food Science, a M.S. in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed clinical nutritionist. A veteran in her field, she specializes in solving hormonal imbalances: increasing energy, focus, moods, eliminating anxiety, constipation and sleep problems though one on one nutrition counseling and Ayurvedic practices.