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About the author:
Her brutally honest book “5 Gears Diet” provides all the information we ever needed to know about fat gain and fat loss, so we can get how these mechanisms work once and for all. Although she believes in free will and that our weight reflects the choices we’ve made, she clearly describes the limits of your responsibility and completely dismisses self blame.
What inspired you to write your book?
I wrote this book for those of you who don’t know that you actually get fat while losing weight on non sense diets. And fatter, and fatter with every diet attempt… So, I just want to make sure you are fully informed about how fat gain and fat loss really work once and for all.
Here is a short sample from the book:
Does lipolysis mean fat loss? Lipolysis actually means the breakdown of triglycerides, either dietary, either from fat cells, into fatty acids and glycerol. That’s all. Yes, it can mean that the fat stored into the fat tissue is broken down. But only if the dietary fats intake is low enough not to induce insulin resistance. Even if the diet is right and there is no insulin in the picture, it doesn’t mean that fatty acids released through lipolysis disappear into thin air. Lipolysis doesn’t imply complete fatty acids usage by the body cells. Lipolysis is only the first step of fat loss. Breaking down adipose stored fat and storing fat into the blood (increased LDL cholesterol or triglycerides) or into the liver (steatosis) isn’t that smart!
The result of an increased lipolysis does not equal fat loss. It equals an increase in circulating fatty acids.
Lipolysis does initiate fat loss, but as I’ve already explained in the last chapter, an increased lipolysis and the subsequent increased circulating fatty acids shuts off the glucose uptake in the muscle cells. “So what?” will some smart sharks say. “Muscle cells will just burn fatty acids instead of glucose”. This is wishful thinking.
Muscle cells cannot burn fatty acids when their membranes are insulin resistant and thus impermeable for glucose. Fat loss is equivalent to adipose stored fat being “burned” up to ATP (please read again the First Gear if you haven’t understood by now what ATP is). A fatty acid “disappears” only when it has been completely transformed into ATP, CO2 and water.
Fat loss is a 3-step process: lipolysis, beta-oxidation, and Krebs cycle. In reality the final step to ATP production is electron transport chain, but let’s keep it simple. There is no need to know advanced biochemistry for you to understand how you can lose fat. Just carefully read this chapter. I know there will be some words that sound like “more science than you can handle”. But try to understand the process behind those ugly words. I will try to make fat catabolism as a short story as possible.