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    Excess calories=FAT
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    flutetooter posted:
    Any calories at all in excess of the amount that you will use up in the next four hours following a meal for energy or rebuilding and repair, go to FAT. It doesn't really matter what kind of calories they are, whether protein, carbohydrate, or fat. Even a non-diabetic person will put on pounds by eating too many good or bad foods, or too large portions of even the most desirable of food. If you can't burn it up, it is stored as fat.

    The hormone insulin of any kind, your natural insulin or insulin by injection, is primarily a fat storage facilitator, along with its job of transportating sugar into the cells.

    When a person is diabetic, the balance of insulin and carbs is more critical since carbohydrates affect the insulin response most, especially high glycemic carbs. Proteins affect the insulin response less, and fats not at all. Therefore, the insulin doesn't spike as much after eating proteins, and shouldn't change at all after eating fats --IF the total calories don't go over your required amount.

    The average amount of calories needed for a woman of average height and weight with no special conditions and with average amount of exercise is only 500 total calories a meal. If a woman eats more than that, or is mostly sedentary, less is needed, and gets deposited in the body immediately as FAT.

    The body chemistry needed to burn off that fat, is much more complicated than the process of not putting it into your mouth in the first place.
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    MrsCora01 responded:
    Thanks Flute. I think that is something a lot of folks forget. Portion control is sooooo essential. There was a study done not too long ago (I'll try to dig up the reference) that showed it didn't matter what diet plan you followed - low carb, low protein, high fat, all popcorn, whatever. As long as calories in was less than calories burned, then you would lose weight. What was most important was that you found a plan you could stick with and exercise was key.

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    cookiedog responded:
    I absolutely agree with your post, Flutetooter. When my weight creeps up I can look back at what I have eaten and find hidden extra calories.

    I used to think any snack eaten over the sink did not count. LOL

    I have gotten that behavior under control but I still struggle with portion control. That is why I measure most foods portions now.


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