Can Eating Fat Help You Slim Down?
Running on Elliptical Machines and Eating Bagels
I have struggled with trying to lose weight for about 20 years. I started to gain weight towards the end of high school but the situation got much worse when I started University. When I used to live in a town in Central New Jersey called Scotch Plains, I would wake up at six every morning and drive to the YMCA, a few miles away. I would run on the elliptical machine for 45 minutes and feel satisfied that I had burned between 400 and 450 calories. Then I would take a shower, get dressed and drive to my office located about eight miles away. On the way, I would make a stop at Dunkin’ Donuts and order a vanilla chai latte (330 calories), an everything bagel (370 calories) with vegetable cream cheese (170 calories) and hash browns (140 calories). By the time I had logged onto my computer, I had consumed a grand total of 1,010 calories. It should not come as much of a surprise that I did not lose any weight in spite of all of the effort that I had put on the elliptical machine. In fact, I would have done much better if I had slept in and had a bowl of oatmeal or Greek yogurt for breakfast instead, along with a cup of green tea. Exercising on a regular basis is vital in order to stay in shape, but one of the problems with exercise is that sometimes we tend to overcompensate for the calories that we burned while exercising and consume far too many calories later on throughout the day.
Avocados and Coconut Flakes, Anyone?
About a month ago, we had just finished celebrating my older daughter’s birthday at the YMCA when I decided that I was tired of being overweight. I came across an article that had intrigued me about a man in Silicon Valley who would eat cheese omelets for breakfast with avocado. He was a proponent of the ketogenic diet. What is the ketogenic diet? It is a diet that is high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates. Why would you eat a lot of fats if you are trying to lose fat? It doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it? The idea is to reprogram your body’s metabolism so that it uses fats as its primary fuel source instead of carbohydrates. Your liver converts fats that you eat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. Once your body starts to work in fat-burning mode as opposed to carbohydrate-burning mode, excess body fat can be converted into energy. The ketogenic diet was difficult for me to follow because I am a vegetarian. I would make milk shakes for breakfast with almond milk, whey protein, coconut flakes (a wonderful source of medium-chain triglycerides) and avocado along with some chia seeds. I would have salads for lunch with kale, fresh mozzarella, olives, mushrooms, carrots, celery and more avocados. For dinner, I would have stir-fried tofu or vegetarian hot dogs (made from tofu). How did I do? I lost 13 lbs in four weeks. My constant hunger cravings went away and I felt much more energetic throughout the day. With that being said, the ketogenic diet is not for everyone, and it is very important to check with your physician before beginning any diet.
Would you like some Fortetropin® with that?
As I continued to do research relating to foods that are suitable for people on the ketogenic diet, I realize that eggs have the ideal profile. One large egg yolk contains 4.5 grams of fat, 2.7 grams of protein and 0.6 grams of carbohydrates. In other words, egg yolks are high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates. Given that I am a scientist who has spent the last four years of my life working on egg yolk, I found this fascinating! You probably don’t know many scientists who study egg yolk for a living. “What’s with that?” you may be wondering. My company, MYOS RENS Technology has developed a line of food products (milkshakes and powder mixes) called Qurr that feature a proprietary ingredient called Fortetropin®. Fortetropin® is a fertilized egg yolk powder that is processed using patented technology. The patented processing helps to preserve the natural bioactivity of egg yolk which can be lost to some degree when eggs are cooked, and eating raw eggs is very dangerous due to the high risk of infection. In clinical studies, we have shown that people who consumed Fortetropin® on a daily basis while performing moderate resistance training exercises gained more muscle mass than people who consumed a placebo (an ingredient with a similar nutrient profile as Fortetropin®).
However, because of fears relating to cholesterol and heart disease, people in the United States generally try to avoid eggs. In 2016, a group of researchers in Finland managed to demonstrate that eating foods that are high in cholesterol, such as egg, does not lead to heart disease . According to Dr. Luc Djoussé, Associate Professor and Heart Researcher at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, dietary cholesterol does not translate into high levels of blood cholesterol.
Fortetropin is also a rich source of protein, antioxidants that protect your eyes and skin, and Vitamin D along with many other nutrients. So go ahead and exercise but be smart about what you eat as well.
References: Virtanen, Jyrki K., et al. "Associations of egg and cholesterol intakes with carotid intima-media thickness and risk of incident coronary artery disease according to apolipoprotein E phenotype in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study." The American journal of clinical nutrition 103.3 (2016): 895-901.