By now you likely figured out that extra calories will be stored on your body as potential energy, commonly known as fat. But what constitutes extra? It’s simply a matter of math isn’t it? If you consume more calories than you burn, or require, or need, are those calories the extras? Yes, but read on for a better explanation.
There’s no rule that states the calories you consume over and above your metabolic requirements before midnight each day will automatically convert to fat. It’s over a period of time, and it’s about your daily/weekly and general lifestyle that determines if your body will store extra calories. Consistently over-consume, and you’ll be adding more mass, tipping the scale, loosening your buttons… you get the gist. But in case that wasn’t enough, there’s more. It’s not just the calories or fat that should concern you. It’s what’s in them or not in them that also effects your health.
Let’s start with what’s not in the problematic calories and food (we all know what these are – most processed, packaged, and prepared foods): fiber, vitamins and minerals. These aforementioned nutrients are best consumed in their original state and with the other original co-existing vitamins and minerals. Together, they have a 1+1=3 effect. You can’t assume that taking isolated minerals or vitamins will fill the void created by processing food, because of the relationship that exists between all the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that are inherent is all whole foods. For example, the absorption of the calcium found in broccoli is enhanced by the high concentration of vitamins C, and K, and the numerous minerals also naturally occurring in broccoli. Presence and absorption are both essential for optimal health.
Now, let’s segue over to what’s likely to be found in those extra calories? Sugar. And when extra sugar (read: added sugar in any amount but especially in excess of 6 1/2 teaspoons for women and 9 1/2 teaspoons for men) is metabolized by your liver, and it’s more than the liver can process, it converts the sugar to fat. Some of the fat goes into the bloodstream, and that’s when we get elevated triglycerides. In addition, studys also reveal an increase in small, dense LDL. These are the cholesterol-carrying particles. Perhaps you can now understand how even just several teaspoons of extra added sugar a day can lead to a higher risk of heart disease and metabolic syndrome, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. This is in addition to, of course, weight gain and, eventually obesity.
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