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Calorie Partitioning | Why Am I Getting Fat | Dr. Justin Marchegiani

October 10, 2019


Hi, this is Doctor Justin here.
Today’s talks about, “Why am I getting fat?” Why is the food that I’m eating going into
my fat cells versus going into build my muscles? Whelp, this is an important concept known
as calorie partitioning. Essentially, it is, how does our body divvy
up and say hey you, some calories you go into the muscles, some calories you go into the
fat. This is a great concept and I have some excellent
illustrations to show you what’s driving this. But in the end it all comes down to hormones.
So first things’ first, what’s a hormone? A hormone is, essentially, a chemical messenger
(these hormones float throughout our body, we have thyroid hormone, we have glucagon,
insulin, testosterone, growth hormone). All of these hormones float throughout the
body and they bind into receptor sites. So think of a hormone, maybe, as a baseball
and the receptor’s site is the catcher’s mitt. So the hormone, essentially, does not necessarily
have a response until it binds to a receptor. So, basically, baseball in catcher’s mitt
(receptor; hormone) and then we have what’s called a response, our proteomic response,
which creates a reaction in the body. So when certain hormones like estrogen hit
a receptor, we have a different response than maybe when testosterone hits a receptor.
So that’s important to know, So everything that I recommend to help change
body composition and help increase your metabolism (and all metabolism means is help burn more
energy ideally from fat sources for fuel. So everything we’re recommending on the diet,
lifestyle, and exercise side, are all around putting your hormones in the best possible
scenario so that you can burn more fat for fuel.
So, one of the things that we see, essentially, is when patients eat certain foods that are
more inflammatory or fine or higher sugars, we are dumping more of our calories, essentially,
into the fat cell. And the fat cells are storing those calories
out so if the fat cells are storing these calories in fat and the fat is getting bigger,
our mitochondria (or the furnace in our cells) don’t really have access to burn these fuels
for energy. So one of the most common things we see as
we’re storing fat, we’re actually becoming very fatigued, tired, and we don’t feel too
well. And we definitely don’t wanna exercise because
we’d rather be sittin’ on the couch watching a movie and doing nothing at all.
Because, when you’re tired, it takes energy to want to go out and go work out.
So when we’re eating more food like that, we’re going to making more insulin, we’re
going to be making more cortisol, we’re going to be make more or excessive amount of lepton.
And, over time, we see these cells become numb to these hormones.
The fancy word is known as receptor down regulation or receptor resistance, maybe you’ve heard
of insulin resistance or lepton resistance. But essentially all of that means, the cells
become numb to the hormone and then, essentially, those fuel sub straights go into that fat
cell and not to our furnace to get burnt up. So on the other side of things, we have calories
floating in our blood stream. When we make specific hormones such as glucagon, lipoprotein
lactate, lipoprotein lipase, hormone sensitive, and epinephrine, we’re able to drive more
of our hormones into our mitochondria. Squeeze me, drive more of our calories into our mitochondria.
By that hormone response our mitochondria can burn those calories of for energy and
we feel good. Essentially, our metabolism is revved up,
we have more energy. Therefore, we’re more likely to exercise.
So, a lot of times whenever I see exercise, exercise as a byproduct of doing the right
things in your diet and lifestyle, hormonally, to give yourself energy.
Takes a lot of willpower to exercise when you’re tired.
So, if we create the right environment with what we eat and how our lifestyle is, we’re
gonna have more energy, more of our calories are gonna go into our mitochondria to get
burned up. And, essentially, our metabolism is gonna
be healthier, we’re gonna burn more fat for fuel, and we’ll be able to put more muscle
on our body and look leaner and tone. I hope this information was beneficial.
Any questions, feel free to visit justinhealth.com and/or email the office.
Thanks. Have a great day.

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2 Comments

  • Reply SupremeMystique February 2, 2014 at 12:36 am

    lol you did not say what we should actually do. In practical terms, what does this mean? Eating clean calories? Decreasing Stress?

  • Reply Vlad The Inhaler October 24, 2017 at 4:30 am

    The more I eat, the more heat I produce, and that's almost all that happens.
    It's really hard for me to gain weight.

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