#20: Why Is Fat Stubborn?


Welcome back to the Be Fab – Be You made Simple Podcast

I am super excited to be here and continue the conversation about fat and metabolism. This ‘stuff’ is so freaking cool.

In today’s episode, I will address:

  1. What is metabolism?
  2. Why is fat stubborn? Raise your hand if have a few pounds of fat to go away?
  3. What are the types of fat?
  4. How are fat and metabolism related?

My quest is to inspire you to take inventory of where you are at with your energy, health, and fitness, assess areas that deserve your attention, and finally take action!

Be sure to read/ listen until the end. Why? It’s because you will learn valuable content but get practical nuggets for optimal health and fitness that you can implement asap.

And of course, if you are ready to kick tails and take charge of unwanted and unhealthy fat, reclaim your energy, health, and confidence, book a call at www.BeFabBeYou.com/energy-audit. Be ready to rock and roll!


Often people think of metabolism as calories in, calories out.

If that was the case, your body would respond a 100 calories of Oreo cookies and to 100 calories broccoli the same way.

Would you in your sane mind consume 2,000 calories of Oreo cookies daily? If you want to die soon and likely in pain, you would. Add smoking to it and you got a nice formula.

Yes, I am being a little dramatic and that’s because I hear insane stuff come of people’s mouths sometimes. I think to myself, are they in denial and fearful of something? There is a much bigger and unaddressed underlining issue here.

I get pretty passionate about this stuff, can’t you tell?

Enough of that. Let me get back to metabolism.

Dr. Frank Suarez defines Metabolism as all the movements, changes, and actions which your body does to convert food and nutrients into energy in order to survive.

There are many processes, movements, actions, and changes that the human body carries out to be able to survive: digestion, absorption, breathing, immune system, circulation, eliminations, etc. Each one of these processes has something in common: MOVEMENT.

The movement always involves the use to energy. No energy, no movement. Let’s think about this for a second. What I am really saying is that you get to think of energy beyond physical movement.

How often, we’ve said or heard someone say “I don’t have the energy to exercise, play, garden, and perform physical activities. I am just too tired.”

I want you to think of energy from a cellular level. Pretty cool insulin receptors are outside the cell membranes. They bind with insulin circulating in the bloodstream. When these two pretty things bind, the cell opens its arms to the circulating glucose in bloodstream and uses for energy.

Energy for what?

  • Gland and organ function
  • Mental clarity, attention, and focus
  • Optimal cellular growth and repair
  • Relationships, career, fun and more

The metabolism is a sum of all the movements that the body executes to be able to exist as a body.

When we say that we have a ‘slow metabolism’, in reality, we are saying that the movement of the body isn’t at the optimal rate.

Slow metabolism shows up in different ways, including constipation, accumulation of toxins, bad circulation, lots of infections, bad digestion, weight problems, and obesity.

Let’s think about this again. What happens when we have excess glucose in the body?  Insulin raises. Excess insulin will damage insulin receptors. Uhhh…how will your cells be able to welcome glucose in and generate awesome energy for you to conquer the day?

It’s true that’s not all about nutrition and lifestyle. Genetics plays a role but a much smaller degree than most people give credit for.

Btw, my metabolism is about 13% below the average of women of my age and race. I will talk more about this in the future.

So what does metabolism have to do with fat? I am glad you asked…

Let me keep it real and simple for you.

Fat will make us fat when there is enough insulin present. The weight and obesity problems aren’t because of the fat we consume. They are caused by a combination of fats and refined carbs.

Overconsumption of refined carbs like pizza, processed grains, pasta, white flour, sweets, sodas, and pastries leads to fat storage. It also raises insulin. Excess insulin will also impact the health of your thyroid and ultimately, slow down your metabolism.

So now you have a bit of extra fat and is stubborn—it is hard to get rid of. Fat becomes a villain. The question is, should fat be a villain here?

Let me give some highlights about this important organ. I want you to gain some appreciation and even be grateful for its existence.

Fat is essential to health as it plays essentials roles far beyond being the storage of excess calories and heat.

  • Enables transmission of brain signals
  • Makes and secretes essential hormones (incl. adiponectin)
  • Controls appetite
  • Is essential for puberty, sexual maturation, and reproduction
  • Is used to produce heat and insulate organs
  • Serves as messenger to our immune system
  • Helps sustain body function during sickness and recovery

WOW…isn’t it incredible? And if you are asking why it’s such a big deal and why we are so focusing having as little as possible.

For now, let’s explore fat as an endocrine organ and what types there are.

Fat Is An Endocrine Organ

What does that mean? Scientists refer to fat as an organ. What’s that all about? Beyond storing excessing energy and giving us heat, fat is also capable of synthesizing a number of biologically active compounds that regulate metabolic homeostasis or equilibrium.

  • White Fat (stores energy) and that’s the type of fat we want to release!
    • Visceral or belly fat (abdominal cavity). Visceral fat can become inflamed and lead to many disease
    • White fat makes and secretes Adiponectin hormone
      • Sensitizes body’s response to insulin
      • Guides glucose and fat to subcutaneous fat
    • Brown Fat (burns energy). The color comes from the high density of mitochondria. It is found in the back, heart region and back.
      • Increases insulin sensitivity
      • Burns calories to produce heat
      • Has potential to reduce white fat
      • Beige fat is the new brown

Raise your hand if you would like to sign up for brown fat?

The ordeal about fat is that having too little or too much isn’t good. There is a sweet spot and you will want to know more about.

I know I’ve just dumped a lot of cool stuff on your lap.

The fat and metabolism saga will continue so don’t go anywhere.

In the meantime, grab your wellness journal and take inventory…

  • Do you believe or know whether you have a slow or fast metabolism?
  • If slow, have you been overconsuming refined carbs?
  • How do you feel after you eat refined carbs?
  • If you rarely consume refined carbs, how this change has improved your energy and health?

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