How Glucose Is Stored As Fat?

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Glucose Storage In People

Now, all you wiseacres out there probably said on the shelf, or in a jar - and I guess that could answer the question! But how does your BODY (or Monomer Mouse's little body) store glucose so that it can get to it fast and easy for quick energy? We make a polymer called glycogen, which is a lot like starch. It's made out of repeating glucose units put together just like starch, and it has a lot of branches - (more than starch does). Like starch, glycogen curls around and forms a big globby structure. Because it's branched and globby, glycogen has ends sticking out all over. Enzymes can attach onto those ends and break the glycogen down fast into glucose units, that can be broken down further (by a bunch of other enzymes) to make ENERGY! So, where would you expect glycogen to be? Where you need it the most - in your muscles so you can run fast with a burst of energy. (Glycogen is also in your liver.) Glycogen is really short-term storage. For long-term storage of energy, your body turns that glucose into fat. Fat is a pretty big molecule, but it's not a polymer. Fat can be stored compactly in special cells (called adipose) because it doesn't dissolve in water - it forms droplets in Continue reading >>

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  1. Rachel_Burke

    I started keto 8 days ago. The first 4 days were a breeze, I didn't count calories, I just ate the proper macro ratios. I felt relatively fine, since I already had a fairly low-carb diet, I didn't experience much with regards to withdrawals. The first 4 days I lost 4 lbs (which I assume was just water weight). The trouble started on day 5- I gained, then day 6 I gained again, and again on day 7 and 8. I actually weigh more now, than where I started. So at this point I decided to start tracking in myfitnesspal, and found that my ratios were actually more than perfect, but my calories seemed to be rather high. I also used the urine keytone sticks to make sure I was in initial ketosis, and I was...
    To give you a bit of background, I am not an obese person. My goal is to lose a total of 50 lbs, but that is literally the most I could possibly lose without dying. lol I was already on a low-fat and low-carb diet when I started Keto, I was eating only lean protein, vegetables and fruit, which has ALWAYS worked beautifully for me to drop weight insanely fast. the reason I decided to give Keto a try is because I can never keep the weight off with low-carb and low-fat diets, and I really wanted something that would become a lifestyle and not just a temporary diet. I love Keto so far, because it allows me to indulge in foods I could not eat before. I am okay with not eating carbs when I know that I can have something equally satisfying in fat. However, I wonder the effectiveness for someone that was already not eating the SAD diet, and not affected by any diseases such as diabetes? If I was already low-carb, low-fat, low calorie, is this diet moving in the opposite direction for me?
    I've listened to the podcasts and understand the science, and I just want it to start working for me. I shouldn't be gaining already. Not to mention, my stomach feels more bloated and fat than it ever has before. I've decided to try and cut calories down to 1300 - 1400, but unfortunately that meant I had to skip lunch today to meet those requirements. and at only day 8, skipping lunch has made me feel sickly and nauseated. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to keep my calories at or under 1400 with still eating 3 meals, when 70+% of my diet is fatty.

    Any suggestions? Also is it too early to start really short fasts (i.e. eating only 2 meals a day), problem is- I'm still super hungry and weak if I even skip just one meal... Maybe I can supplement with exercise? I don't have much time to experiment, I need to drop this weight ASAP, and I would like to do it with Keto. HELLLLLLLLP!

  2. matt

    You don't want to cut out calories or meals at this point. If you are hungry you need to eat. Once you are fully adapted you will be able to skip meals without issue. But you still dont want to go low cal as you will be slowing your metabolism. Stop getting on the scale and just let your body get used to this new way of life.

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    Any suggestions? Also is it too early to start really short fasts (i.e. eating only 2 meals a day), problem is- I'm still super hungry and weak if I even skip just one meal...

    You don't want to cut out calories or meals at this point.
    I wouldn't cut calories either and that's coming from a CICO "expert" in the sense that I've literally gained and lost hundreds of pounds that way and it was an agonizing experience AND I definitely hurt my metabolism, and lost bone and muscle in the process.
    Normally the reason for stubborn fat-loss is insulin still being too high and the treatment is fasting, but given your reaction to missing meals, I would suggest starting with dividing your calories before any reduction into 2 meals - in other words eat more at each meal, and try to extend that into intermittent fasting, but if you have to snack in between try something that isn't insulinogenic, like pure fat to get you between meals.
    Keto is about normalizing hormones and encouraging the body to partition calories for energy instead of fat storage and part of that is reducing insulin and hunger is normally a sign that the body needs something to rebuild and/or repair, so fighting it is usually counter-productive.
    If there's dairy in your diet, some people find that it stimulates hunger and/or inhibits fat loss, so cutting it out completely may help.
    Edit: Personally, for fat snacking, I like butter, coconut oil, Primal Avocado Mayo and sour cream.

    Lately, I've been making Dark Chocolate "sandwiches" with ChocZero 92% and Kerrrygold butter.

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Absorbing And Storing Energy: How The Body Controls Glucose

Absorbing and Storing Energy: How the Body Controls Glucose Editors note: Physicians have a special place among the thinkers who have elaborated the argument for intelligent design. Perhaps thats because, more than evolutionary biologists, they are familiar with the challenges of maintaining a functioning complex system, the human body. With that in mind, Evolution News is delighted to offer this series, The Designed Body. For the complete series, see here . Dr. Glicksman practices palliative medicine for a hospice organization. Just like a car needs the energy, in the form of gasoline, to run properly, the body needs the energy in glucose to survive. When we havent eaten for a while, our blood glucose level drops and our stomach is empty, causing the hunger center in our brain to tell us to eat or drink something with calories. As I have explained in my last couple of articles, the complex molecules that are in what we eat and drink enter the gastrointestinal system, where digestive enzymes break them down into simpler molecules so the body can absorb them. Carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars, like glucose, which are then absorbed into the blood. Tissues, such as the Continue reading >>

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    I'm getting back into Keto after about a year hiatus. I spent 3 hours yesterday meal planning and calculating macros for each meal, and have run into a similar problem I had last go around. My protein macros are way too high, especially in comparison to my fat macros. I admit that I know a big source of this comes down to my love of chicken of all types, and that being a staple of each meal. My success with keto previously proved that calories is almost the most important of the macros for me to abide. I'm having a hard time finding ways to up my fat intake without destroying my calorie limit for the day. Has anybody experienced this struggle and have any suggestions? Thanks!

  2. anbeav

    What is your protein goal set to? Eat chicken with skin or thighs or smaller servings of the meat you're eating and add oils, butter, cream to cook with, avocado, nuts, coconut

  3. asholden

    Good point, I can definitely scale down my portions of meats

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How Our Bodies Turn Food Into Energy

All parts of the body (muscles, brain, heart, and liver) need energy to work. This energy comes from the food we eat. Our bodies digest the food we eat by mixing it with fluids (acids and enzymes) in the stomach. When the stomach digests food, the carbohydrate (sugars and starches) in the food breaks down into another type of sugar, called glucose. The stomach and small intestines absorb the glucose and then release it into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, glucose can be used immediately for energy or stored in our bodies, to be used later. However, our bodies need insulin in order to use or store glucose for energy. Without insulin, glucose stays in the bloodstream, keeping blood sugar levels high. Insulin is a hormone made by beta cells in the pancreas. Beta cells are very sensitive to the amount of glucose in the bloodstream. Normally beta cells check the blood's glucose level every few seconds and sense when they need to speed up or slow down the amount of insulin they're making and releasing. When someone eats something high in carbohydrates, like a piece of bread, the glucose level in the blood rises and the beta cells trigger the pancreas to release more insulin in Continue reading >>

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    Hi Everyone - I am new to Keto, and REALLY excited about changing my eating style (and bad habits!) - but I am not gonna lie, I am a bit *scared* about going from a low fat diet (pounded into my head for years!) and switching up to a High Fat one. But after all the research and reading (and seeing amazing success stories) I am ready to JUST DO IT!
    My question is, Do you initially gain some weight first when starting Keto - or does your body *get it* right away because of the very low carbs? I just want to be prepared to not have a $&it Fit if I get on the scale in a few days and see the number go up and not down
    Thanks in advance for any info - and if anyone would like to add me, I would love some motivated friends!!! ~Kathy

  2. jillwhite12

    I dropped about 10 lbs the first week and haven't stopped losing! Fats are good for you...just keep repeating it to yourself

  3. JisatsuHoshi

    Lose. normally it's water weight during induction due to the decrease of Carbs.
    1gram of Carbs hold 4 grams of water weight.
    Bf% should start to go down once fats become primary source of energy.

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