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The one thing that is commonly promoted by low-carb gurus is the notion that “you need to eat fat in order to burn fat.”
In other words, in contrast to eating carbs, eating dietary fat “stimulates your body to burn off body fat.” Is there any truth to it? Where did this idea come from?
To put it simply: THEY MADE IT UP!
There is absolutely no truth to this whatsoever. It is complete rubbish thinking that someone made this up one day and has been endorsed and endlessly promoted by low-carb people since then as if it were a fact, while none of these people promoting it have bothered to look at the research.
First, let’s acknowledge the part of all this nonsense that’s actually true: “becoming fat-adapted so that you’re burning predominately fat rather than carbohydrate for fuel is actually a real thing. So that part is actually true. It is indeed possible to train your body to rely primarily on fat rather than carbs for fuel. And it’s actually very simple to do it. All you have to do is eat a low carb, high fat diet and remove carbohydrate calories from your diet and replace them with fat calories. Then, after a few weeks, you are now fat adapted and your body will primarily rely on fats rather than carbs for fuel.
Now that you have switched out a large portion of carbohydrate calories and made yourself into a “fat burner,” you can expect lots of fat loss, right? WRONG!
As long as TOTAL CALORIES haven’t changed, high-carb, low fat diets and low-carb, high fat diets cause absolutely no difference in fat loss. None. In other words, you’re only burning more fat because you are EATING more fat and less carbs. You’re burning the fat you’re eating, not body fat. This has bee proven over and over again by countless studies.
There is absolutely ZERO science to indicate that eating a higher fat diet makes you lose body fat faster. This whole notion is just utter B.S.
By the way, if you decide to ADD in fat to your normal diet thinking that it will stimulate your body to burn off body fat, you are in for a little surprise, because the only thing that will happen is you will get FATTER.