Monday, January 19, 2009

About Sugars and Tummy Fat...

...and fats in general.

You basically have 3 kinds of fats on your body:
visceral fat --edited to say, there is a photo here that ain't purty.
omentum/omental fat
subcutaneous fat

Visceral Fat is designed to protect the organs. You do not need much.

Omentum Fat is designed to feed you in times of famine. There are little aprons or sock looking things that hang from your stomach. During times of Harvest and Plenty they act as storage for your excess calories, fat and nutrients. During famine and stress your body will utilize this storage to feed your body.

Subcutaneous Fat is the fat you have between muscle and skin. Contains all your capillaries, nerve ending, etc. It is where you get your short term energy for activies, exercise, cleaning the house, etc.

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, we have not seen a time of true hardship and famine in this country in decades. People are slap out getting FAT! Lot's of 'Belly Fat'. I really do not think it is as much as we have food so plentiful as much as we have been raised by parents and grandparents who lived during 1-2 depressions. You ate every bite on your plate. {Were you told to eat everything on your plate?} The difference is, we are putting a lot more on our plates!!!!
Not only that, but the plates are Bigger!!!

I learned today that the plate on top is a very very old Blue Willow Stoneware plate. The plate below is my everyday stoneware. It is nearly 2 inches larger. Almost large enough to be a charger! Some years ago, plates started getting larger. Some dinner plates are larger than 12 inches!!!

As we continue to eat, the calories we do not need to sustain life is stored in the omentum which gets larger and larger and larger.... grows around the stomach the intestines, the heart the liver, the gallbladder, and really starts sticking out in front... Might look a lot like a baby or like someone is carrying twins! More fat calories are stored in the visceral fat cells causing them to grow larger and larger as well. This leads to obesity, type II diabetes, heart diease, GERD, etc.

Sugars and fats feed these. Cutting back on these (fruitrose, corn syrup, read your lables!) will really help the omentum and visceral fat cells get to a normal size. You will become healthier.

Cardio exercise daily and strength training 3-4 times a week will speed it up. Really work on getting your waist down.

Today's Tip:
Increase your Simple Sugars and Complex Carbs. This really helps to reve up the metabolism. Read your lables. Remember, to maintain-only eat as many calories as you burn. To lose weight-eat less calories than you burn. High Intensity Interval Training {HIIT} that I wrote about in my last post, is great for getting rid of that 'belly-fat'.

Romans 14:
  • 16.Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil ;
  • 17.for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
  • 18.For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
  • 19.So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
  • 20.Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense.
  • 21.It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.
  • 22.The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
  • 23.But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith ; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
Here Paul is talking about whether to eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols. We need to set an example to others what to eat, how to eat it. I am becoming increasingly careful of what and how much I eat especially when I am at church and around ladies who I teach and come to me for diet advice. I have to 'practice' or rather demonstrate what I preach. LOL!

Pray for me. I have having a hard time with my current Sugar Fast. It has been tough. I still have a week to go. I am hungry and tend to get week. I will continue to pray for you all who are fasting as well.


Sharon said...

Melissa, I'll pray for you. This was a good post and I agree that plates and portions have gotten way too big!

I have worked on smaller portions and not going back for second helpings for several months now and I am finding that I am pleasantly full. Hopefully those fat pockets will start shrinking if I can just pull myself away from sweet tea!

Melissa Wertz said...

Thank you! I really felt your prayers. God revealed to me a couple of days ago, that I was not eating enough simple sugars. The first of this week, I was really busy. I ate plenty of meals, I simply did not eat enough and enough of the 'right' stuff.

Protein drink, homemade hot soup, etc is just not enough. I needed more foods that take more time to prepare and eaten cold as well.

The funny thing is, I have not lost any weight, but my workout schedule is not as heavy as it usually is. We have more teachers at church right now and I am not teaching anywhere else. But that is OK, b/c that changes in a blink of an eye.

Thanks so much!

Dani Joy said...

Well, I got a virus of some sort to help me on my way. I spent all day yesterday laying around, sleeping and not eating. I couldn´t eat. I drank water all day. I still feel week. It´s weird but I am thankful in a way because it has jump started my body using up that stored fat. jeje.

Melissa Wertz said...

Oh Dani! I sure hope you are feeling much better now. {{{{Hugs}}}}