Excess carbohydrates MUST be converted into fats, which get carried to and stored in your cells. That is the law in your body. It’s important for survival. Chronic over-consumption of carbohydrates MUST lead to fat deposits, then to overweight, then to obesity, then to diabetes, which eventually leads to cardiovascular problems. Most overweight diabetics die prematurely of heart disease. If you’re overweight, you can prevent that fate by making the right kind of oil change.
Carbohydrate over-consumption also causes fat deposits in your liver (fatty liver), muscles and other internal organs. Excess carbohydrate consumption can also promote fat deposits in arteries, leading to poor circulation, which in turn acidify your tissues and lead to inflammation. Inflammation is part of the cause of most major degenerative conditions, including diabetes, pancreatitis, atherosclerosis, cancer, arthritis, dementia and osteoporosis. Inflammation also leads to water retention, which is the other cause of overweight. We’ll get back to this later on.
Define over-consumption of carbohydrates as eating (taking in) more carbohydrate molecules than you burn in physical and mental activity. When you’re physically active, you can eat more carbohydrates without creating health problems than you can safely eat if you’re a sedentary or inactive.
Efficiency to Craving
Life made the conversion of excess sugar into fat very efficient. Too efficient, some people say. That efficiency can create a second problem. At the end of the process of converting excess sugar into fat, you end up with LOW blood sugar. Low blood sugar is like running out of fuel. If you run out of fuel, you collapse. That too, can kill you. Life now has to prevent THAT from happening. How?
Low blood sugar triggers a strong craving (hunger) to eat. ‘Eat or die’, screams your body. Then you stuff yourself with carbohydrates. It takes time to digest them into sugar and to absorb the sugar (glucose). By the time your blood sugar is normal, you’ve again eaten more than you needed. Then you again get high blood sugar.
You’ve now started the next round of insulin secretion and cellular fat production, leading again to weight gain, low blood sugar cravings (blues) and overeating. This repeating cycle is the ‘carbohydrate addiction’ merry-go-round. Sugar, according to researchers, is eight times more addictive than cocaine.
High carbohydrate foods include bread, cake, cookies, corn, chips, flours, potatoes, fries, grains, rice, corn, cereals, pancakes, waffles, desserts, sweets, sugared soft drinks, corn syrup, sugar, honey and even fruit. Any of these can make you put on fat. Why? We just learned it, but it’s worth repeating. Your body turns all carbohydrates that you eat but don’t burn in activity into fats for storage. It’s your body’s natural law.
Who created that law? Life created this law long ago. Stored fat was good for survival in times when you put it on during feasts, got skinny again during famines, and outlived those who were already too skinny when the famine hit.
In the modern times you live in, this survival mechanism works against you. You overeat and get fat, but famines are now rare, a thing of the past in the developed world. This important survival mechanism now shortens your life and its quality by means of a long list of even more negative effects on health than ‘overweight’: cold hands and feet, tooth decay, infections, inflammation, water retention, poor circulation, bone mineral loss, impaired immune function, speeded up growth of cancer cells and more.