Fats In The Human Body, Part 4 – Changing The Body Fat Picture
How can we change the fat content of our body? To increase the amount of w3 EFAs in our fat tissue, which is desirable for both beauty (they make skin soft and velvety) and health (they decrease our risk of degenerative diseases), we must replace excess calories (refined sugars, refined starches, refined oils, and saturated, hard, sticky fats) with whole foods including seeds such as flax and hemp, or their fresh oils. W6 (but not w3) EFAs are found in sunflower and sesame seeds. Hemp seeds are a balanced source of both.
To decrease body fat, we must replace some of our concentrated, calorie-rich foods with bulky, calorie-poor foods. Bulky foods spend less time in our intestines and contain fewer calories. Our efficient digestive mechanisms therefore absorb less unnecessary calories.
It is impossible to gain weight on a diet of vegetables. To get 2000 calories, the amount needed to maintain constant body weight, we must eat:
- 6 kg (13 pounds) of broccoli;
- 4.75 kg (10 pounds) of carrots;
- 7.7 kg (16 pounds) of spinach;
- 14 kg (30 pounds) of lettuce;
- 7.4 kg (16 pounds) of cauliflower; or
- 13 kg (28 pounds) of cucumbers.
It is impossible to eat this much food. Eating less food than this means fewer calories. Also, fresh vegetables are rich in minerals and vitamins, which help metabolize our foods properly.
Concentrated (protein, fat, and starch) foods. But 2000 calories are supplied by amounts of concentrated foods that one can easily consume, namely:
- 0.571 kg (1.25 pounds) of cheese;
- 0.378 kg (0.83 pounds) of chocolate chip cookies;
- 0.476 kg (1.05 pounds) of beef;
- 0.606 kg (1.34 pounds) of wheat;
- 0.371 kg (0.81 pounds) of pork;
- 0.588 kg (1.3 pounds) of beans, peas or lentils;
- 0.497 kg (1.1 pounds) of soybeans; or
- 0.355 kg (0.78 pounds) of peanuts.
One can easily gain weight from eating too much of these foods.