Carbohydrates and fat – The daily bite of knowledge

Written by Marina Lommel
3 minutes reading time
17. July 2023

As you read yesterday, we recommend taking a refeed every now and then on a ketogenic diet. Of course, this raises the question: Aren’t carbohydrates together with a lot of fat rather bad?

I can understand the question: I, too, always warn against a lot of carbohydrates in combination with a lot of fat.

But: this big devil are fast carbohydrates and low-quality fats. Leberkässemmel (fat, white flour), chocolate (sugar, fat), cream cake (wheat base, vegetable fats, butter, cream).

Don’t misunderstand: Cream, butter and cocoa butter are very healthy foods when used in high quality and in the right combination. Not in the above mentioned combos.

When carbohydrates and fats are consumed at the same time, the carbohydrates are burned and the fat is stored. Storing and releasing fat is not a bad thing – the body never needs all the energy from a meal right away. He needs to cache some of the calories for later.

The problem arises when you eat fat + carbohydrates and do not wait for hunger. The carbohydrates are burned, the fat is stored. Before the body even gets a chance to reuse the fat, the next snack is already eaten. Quickly a knopp**s here, quickly a balis**o there. The carbohydrates are burned again, the fat is stored. And so layer upon layer of fat accumulates.

If you focus on healthy foods, if you make sure that the food contains enough protein and fiber, then, for one thing, digestion takes place more slowly. Insulin levels do not rise sharply and not all fat is stored in one second. Part of it is already burned after consumption. It is particularly important here to ensure sufficient rest between meals and to eat only when hungry. Then, once the carbohydrates are used up, fat is taken from the adipose tissue and burned. With a well-trained metabolism, you hardly notice when the body switches from carbohydrates to fat as an energy source.

Carbohydrate “junkies” would get huge hunger pangs when the carbs are used up and might eat new snacks before the body can get to the fat.

Overall, how much you eat is also crucial here: if you eat less than you consume, all carbohydrates and all fats taken in with food are automatically burned again.

If you eat much more than you need, the stores on your hips do not empty so easily.

The most important tip for a better trained fat metabolism: 4-5 hours break between meals!

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This article was written by

Marina Lommel

Marina gründete Foodpunk nach ihrem Abschluss in Ernährungswissenschaften und ist aktuell CEO des Unternehmens. Während ihres Studiums arbeitete sie in verschiedenen Bereichen, darunter in der Wissenschaftsredaktion beim Radio, Redaktion beim TV und Uni-Wissensmagazin sowie im Labor am DZNE in der Parkinsonforschung. Marina ist außerdem Autorin von 5 ernährungswissenschaftlichen Sachbüchern.

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