How Do Carbohydrates Turn Into Fats?
Originally Answered: Do carbs turn into fat? Any carbs which are not used immediately or stored (as others have described well) in small quantities in the muscles and liver, are converted into body fat. So are excess fat and protein that don't get used relatively quickly. The problem with carbs is that they raise insulin levels. The body needs insulin to get sugar (from carbs) out of the bloodstream and into body cells where it can be burned for fuel. But for some people--many people, especially those who eat lots and lots of sugar--their body becomes insulin-resistant, and the cells refuse to let the blood sugar in. So the body makes even more insulin, trying to get the sugar into the cells, and this cycle keeps building. (Eventually the pancreas wears out from producing so much insulin, and the person develops Type 2 diabetes...which then gets treated with increasing amounts of injected insulin....) Insulin also tells your body to store fat. So when your insulin levels are always high--because you have become insulin resistant, or because you eat carbs all day long without stopping--you are always storing your extra calories, instead of burning them. Your body literally cannot b Continue reading >>