De Novo Lipogenesis. You know, the process that helps people take all that stuff we eat and create fat.
But humans aren’t so great at DNL, meaning we don’t create fat from what we eat. So all that bread you may have eaten today (yeast lab today, had to try all the different breads!) won’t make you fluffy!!
Bread = carbs. Carbs = sugar. Sugar = glucose. Glucose is your body’s main source of energy. Your body loveloveloves glucose! Just make sure the carbs you’re eating are not simple sugars. We want complex carbs! Make your body work a little for what it wants. All those carbs you get from bread won’t be turned into fat. It simple can’t be! It takes 3,000-4,000 excess carbohydrate calories to stimulate DNL. Excess! I know in America there’s a lot of excess, but most people aren’t chowing down on that many extra calories. You’d have to eat like 6,000 calories in a day! Whoa.
So where’s the fat come from? Simple! From dietary fat. Isn’t that amazing? You really are what you eat. What you take in is what you get out/store. Aim for monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated. Oh the joys of olive oil.
Best bet: High protein, high carbs, low fat diet.
Quote of the day from biochem professor: “The liver’s eating carbs like…like it’s 1999!”
I’m still trying to figure out where I’m going with this blog, the format, the content, etc. So I decided to share some the knowledge I’ve gained and am totally fascinated by. This whole thing with DNL has been circulating my mind and gotten me so fascinated, I knew it’d be a great tidbit to start with!
Hope you enjoyed!
Hoping to get that second part about internships up soon!