You may have heard that it’s better to be shaped like a pear 🍐 rather than an apple 🍎 – but exactly why is that?
I’m going to explain why big butts are better than big bellies for all the non-aesthetic reasons
The ability to store energy in the form of fat is in large part responsible for human durability and survival. What has facilitated our survival through most of our existence in environments with unpredictable food supplies is now facilitating chronic disease.
What has evolved us is now slowly killing us.
Our bodies are poorly adapted to an environment where you rarely have to break a sweat and have ready access to an abundant supply of food.
So, have you ever noticed that some people carry their extra around their hips and on their arms, whereas others seem to pack it around their middle?
Have you ever heard of a TOFI? Thin on the outside, fat on the inside?
Fat on the inside means your body prefers to store fat in and around your organs. These people are developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition in which their livers are so inundated with fat tissue that they don’t function properly and can eventually fail altogether.
But it isn’t just your liver that is storing pockets of fat – it can also be your pancreas, the organ that makes insulin. And fat is also being stored in your muscle tissue. Think of a well marbled rib eye steak 🥩
None of these places are designed or well suited for this purpose. And you may start to see problems such as insulin resistance and high blood sugars.
So the next question is: Why does your body do this? Why not pack it away safely in your love handles?
The reason appears to be that each of us has a personal fat threshold. This is a genetically determined capacity for how much subcutaneous fat our bodies will allow us to accumulate. Once this threshold is reached, we are forced to store fat in the form of triglycerides in our organs and muscle tissue.
And this requires more insulin than what is needed to store subcutaneous fat. We are shoving fat into places it is not supposed to be, and this is what causes all of the metabolic problems, such as Type 2 Diabetes.
The good news is that this kind of fat is the last to be stored, so it is the first to be used. This explains why people who have bariatric surgery or implement a ketogenic diet see dramatic improvements in their Type 2 Diabetes well before they see any subcutaneous fat loss.
Now you can understand why some low carb doctors say that obesity is the price of not developing Type 2 Diabetes.
When you store fat on your thighs and bottom, it is relatively benign. People who can gain one-, two-, or even three-hundred pounds are actually protected from the metabolic consequences of storing fat around and inside their organs.
Wouldn’t it be a good idea to use up some of your fat stores? 🤔
I can show you how to teach your body to use body fat as a primary source of fuel. When you do this, you will see normalization of your blood sugars as well. 🙌
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