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Name: Jamel M.
Status: Student
Age: 15
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Date: October 2003


Question:
Why is it hard to metabolize unsaturated fat?



Replies:
It is not difficult to breakdown fat if you are not eating carbohydrates. Dietary carbohydrates (sugar) stimulate the release of insulin which inhibits the breakdown of lipids (fats and oils) for energy and directs them towards metabolic pathways for storage as FAT. This is the basis of diets like the Zone or Atkins where they limit carbs. Atkins takes it to an extreme...which is an old dietary trick of body builders...to lose body fat...eat lots of protein and some fats and oils and very little carbs.

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