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Insulin’s Role: Turn Off Fat Burning When Carbohydrates are Consumed

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Recently the media has been reporting about the latest mandate of adding calorie count to the menus of restaurants with more than 20 locations.  If you read my latest blog in opposition to USA Todays Opinion that calories added to menus are a helpful solution to the obesity crisis, I suggest the periodical doesn’t know WHAT it is talking about. The generic counting of calories tells us nothing about healthful eating and as you will find out later in this article – all calories are not created equal, and I share a study that confirmed “weight” gain following a diet of 0nly 1000 calories daily*.

So I decided to surf the net in search of an article that actually talked about measuring specific macro nutrients role in the accumulation of excess fat.  I found a somewhat confusing article that suggests Insulin Does Not Make You Fat – posted on . Below is my response to the author and a request for the studies mentioned:



I would appreciate if you would kindly send a link or reference the name of the studies or the authors of the two papers you mentioned that you report suggest only 6 grams of sugar was converted to fat when consumed in excess of GDA. Frankly, I am not clear what it is you are suggesting in this post nor what the study suggests is a GDA for sugar since all carbohydrates are categorized as non-essential. Please explain to me were we differ in opinion?

Insulin is an anabolic hormone – meaning it builds or stores things i.e. fat and / or muscle  – which one of the two depends on a number of additional factors (and yes we do store small amounts of glycogen in the cells and liver).

When we consume high glycemic load foods, sugar enters the liver and exits being transported as blood sugar (glycogen) to find a home or be consumed as energy. The more easily digestible sugar – the greater the insulin response. Insulin’s job is to build or store the excess glycogen in response to the present danger of the potentially toxic amount. The first stop are the cells (muscle) to be stored for future energy in excess of normal blood glucose levels. The problem: when the cells are full, the excess glycogen is sent back to the liver to be converted into triglycerides and ultimately stored as fat.

I agree with what I think you are saying … that when high glycemic carbs are ingested all fat burning slows or stops as the body prioritizes utilizing the excess sugar as energy to be stored into cells as glycogen … or ultimately excess glycogen will be sent back to the liver to be converted into triglyceride (fat) for future energy use.

This is where I fail to understand your explanation. What are you / the studies you refer to suggesting happens to the excess sugar if not being converted to / stored as fat. Metabolic syndrome supports the hypothesis that excess sugar results in a toxic and failing liver unable to process excessive carb intake beyond cellular capacity.

I refer you to a rudimentary but interesting experiment – the Middlesex Study that took place in London circa 1956 that demonstrated excessive carb intake beyond cell capacity equals “weight” gain despite a caloric restricted diet (1000 kcal) when the primary macro nutrient was carbohydrates due to the limited cellular capacity (between 2-4% of mass depending on total lean muscle mass).

In this study the subjects were divided into one of 3 macronutrient categories and consumed a daily allotment of 1000 calories consisting of either 90 % protein, 90% fat or 90% carbohydrates.

The allotted daily caloric value of 1000 calories was considered to represent an energy deficit required to support normal life functions. Accordingly the body would be required to access additional stored energy reserves to meet the energy needs required to sustain life from either breaking down lean muscle tissue or stored fat deposits. The amount of additional energy the body would consume was anticipated to provide measurable results in physical weight loss. Each patient would be measured at the beginning and end of each day and the results recorded.

If the calorie equilibrium theory was correct, in this case the calories IN being less than the calories OUTput to sustain life then the results for the subjects should be uniform in the amount of weight lost – that of course is not what happened.

As any intelligent fitness / nutrition professional knows – humans don’t actually burn calories – metals ovens do. Humans burn ATP derived from nutrients that can be measured either by weight or by calories. Therefore the educated fitness expert knows that all calories are not created equal and as the Middlesex study demonstrated.

The Middlesex Study demonstrated the group that ate 90% of the 1000 calories value from fat lost 0.9 pounds per day.

The protein group lost on average 0.6 pounds per day.

*And the group that ate 1000 calories of 90% carbohydrates gained weight – 0.25 pounds per day (presumably water and fat) since they did not have the capacity to measure body composition accurately at the time of the study.

Again, please provide a link or identify the studies you are referring to so I can better understand the inference of your article.


© 2014 – Copyrights Grant Roberts All Rights Reserved

USA Today … You Don’t Know WHAT You Are Talking About

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Re: Today’s Debate: Nutrition (December 2, 2014)

Our (USA Today) view “Eating Out? Now You Will Be Able To Count Calories”

When I state that you don’t know what you are talking about, I am specifically referring to your praise of calories tells the consumer nothing about nutritional content. Sad, considering your debate is entitled nutrition. Let me begin by pointing out the glaring problem: Calories don’t actually exist they are a unit of measure describing the amount of energy contained in a macro nutrient incinerated in a calorimeter. Humans don’t burn calories… metal ovens do. Humans burn adenosine triphosphate (ATP) derived from nutrients and it is nutrients we must count – not calories generically.

All calories are not created equal, a point proven in the 1950 Middlesex study. Often food manufacturers want you to focus on the fictitious calorie unit to distract you from low nutritional content. Case and point: The soda industry now boldly displays calories of the front of the can. Do you actually think they are trying to deter consumers from drinking carbonated sugar water? Or perhaps is a better explanation that they want to act like magicians and deflect your attention. By suggesting it’s a simple matter of counting calories, aided by mythical budget approved by the USDA what could possibly be the harm in consuming a mere 100 calories when consumers are allotted 2000 of these nondescript units. Taking your focus off  nutrients is like saying your car runs on fluids. It’s kind of true… up until you run out of gas or oil or brake fluid then the idea of adding any fluid non specifically will prove very problematic with potentially catastrophic consequences.

In your opinion you make some asinine and ambiguous statements much in line with your logic regarding calories: “Burger King Whopper, with fries and a coke make up the better part of calories you should consume in a day” Is better the right word? How many calories exactly should we consume in a day? Does it matter what these calories are composed of? Are you suggesting America will be of vibrant health if we just ate less calories? I can only assume you are not familiar with the term ‘essential nutrients’: their are five of them, water, complete protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals that we need to support life? Yes, one nutrient is conspicuously missing from the essentials list because it is non-essential, carbohydrates. The number of carbohydrates you need to survive is zero. That cannot be said for the five essentials. Furthermore the capacity we have to store the highly profitable, long shelf life and major contributing factor to obesity category of processed carbohydrates is extremely limited ( approximately 2-4% of total mass depending on muscle mass). Over consumption of carbohydrates in excess of our capacity to store them no matter how few the caloric value they represent will result in the excess carbs being converted to and stored as fat along with the additional dangers of metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, diabetes and of course obesity.

Humans have individualized nutritional needs of the essential nutrients and they must be delivered in appropriate amounts, anything less will result is a nutritional deficiency. Yes, we measure food either by weight or by calorie but we must first understand our individual needs instead of focusing generically on calories. A person can starve to death from malnutrition consuming ten thousand calories of carbohydrates daily.

Calories are not the only thing we grossly oversimplify. You reference that more than one third of the nations adults are obese… but you don’t know how much more, because we don’t actually measure obesity in this country. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is not a gauge of obesity and it grossly underestimating the rate of obesity, inaccurately diagnosing 48% or women and 25% of men.

We live in the most technologically advanced nation on the planet, yet we can’t tell our citizens how much of a nutrient they should consume or if they are in fact obese. Most professional athletes will fail a BMI test, yet an under-muscled person with metabolic syndrome and a high body fat percentage will erroneously score just fine on a BMI scale because they don’t weigh too despite they are clinically obese based upon body fat percentage.

Focusing on calories in not doing America a favor. You state the escalating obesity rates are “attributable to the fact people like fattening foods.” What does that mean? What foods do you think are fattening? Fat? Carbs?  You unwittingly reinforce my opposition to your opinion when you say the obesity crisis is resultant of the “difficulty of knowing what’s in the food we eat…”

The solution to the obesity crisis is education. Defining and delivering the essential nutrients proportionately and illustrating to every American their own unique body composition, not just their weight. This is my passion, I have designed and invested in cutting edge non invasive and affordable technology to do just that and my clients and followers know precisely what a healthy body fat percentage is and how to achieve it. I would appreciate the power of the media to assist me in my quest to replace BMI with the Lean Mass Index and educate consumers on how to determine the amount of essential nutrients needed to live thrive and survive daily. It wasn’t that long ago we learned the world is not flat, likewise we need to now understand the world does not need to be fat. If we are going to force restaurants to list calories then why not add one more step defining exactly what those calories are comprised of? My free app: Restaurant Nutrition by Unified Lifestyle with more than two million followers does just that.


© 2014 – Copyrights Grant Roberts All Rights Reserved

Take This Test…You May Need Glasses (of water)

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Water is the most abundant component of a healthy human body however the risk of dehydration and fluid imbalance increases over time. One of the most fascinating observations regarding hydration has to do with age. We are all familiar with the mythical quest in search of the fountain of youth, but I propose the source and secret to eternal youth is actually held within each one of us on the cellular level. The objective is to hold on to as much of the rejuvenating powers of water as possible through lifestyle management.

Consider this, a premature baby can consists of as much as 90% water, a full term newborn is 75% water, by the end of the first year of life infants drop to approximately 65%. Healthy adult males average around 60% water and females approximately 55% due to higher body fat percentages. Elderly and obese individuals can fall to 45% total body water or lower.

In general athletes tend to skew higher percentages of total body water since muscles contain more water than fat. Therefore, I advocate the secret to youthful vigor and a healthier life is to minimize the amount of excess fat and maintain or increase muscle mass by regularly lifting weights, drink lots of water complimented with a balanced diet with special focus on minerals.

Simply put a well hydrated body is a younger body complete with plump healthy skin. If the outer most layer of the epidermis is dehydrated the skin will lose elasticity.

Maintaining optimum hydration isof paramount importance to support life functions. Fluids maintain body temperature, cell shape and the transport of nutrients, gases and waste. Unfortunately most underestimate the complexity of true cellular hydration. Thirst and cramping are obvious signs of dehydration however a high percentage of the population exist in a perpetual state of mild dehydration where cells are not fully hydrated or provided with the correct electrolyte replenishment that promote energy production (ATP), muscular contraction, stamina and recovery.

Hydration is constant flux the body gains and loses fluid through several different processes. Environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and altitude additionally influence fluid loss. As a result we all experience varying degrees of dehydration daily that we must combat. It begins the moment we open our eyes, on average we lose 1- 1½ liters of water while sleeping (the loss occurs from respiration, perspiration and any impromptu trips to the restroom).

To determine how much fluid loss occurs weigh yourself before you go to sleep and first thing upon waking. You will want to replace what was lost as soon as possible assuming you were properly hydrated before you went to sleep.

The immediate consumption of water helps restore body temperature and blood volume, however water is absorbed relatively slowly, and drinking water initially only adds to extracellular fluid and can be proportionately expelled. The cells require time and nutrients to properly rehydrate by replenishing the solutes that promote intracellular fluid retention.

Fluid in the body is held in two basic compartments: intracellular and extracellular. Fluid inside the cell is called intracellular and as you have likely deduced fluid outside of the cell is called extracellular. Extracellular can be further divided into interstitial fluid that surrounds the cells, including transcellular fluid (cerebrospinal fluid, ocular and joint fluid), and intravascular fluid (plasma), the liquid portion of blood.

Fluids travel by osmosis into and out of the cell, but true cellular hydration (intracellular) is more complicated than just drinking water. Water is transported in and out of the cell aided by electrically charged ions (electrolytes).

Maintaining the balance of electrolytes is important. Two primary protagonists are Sodium and Potassium. A sign of low Potassium levels is skeletal muscle weakness, especially in the legs and is compounded by cramping. Typically we consume ample amounts of Sodium that promotes extracellular water retention so it can be important to consume Potassium rich foods daily to create balance.

Optimum hydration varies in quantity based on gender and total lean muscle mass however the correct distribution of total water volume is 2/3 intracellular and 1/3 extracellular.

To measure hydration I use a five-signal bio-impedance device ( that measures total body water (both intracellular and extracellular), total lean mass, total fat mass, and total bone mass including segmental analysis.

Take away: We gain hydration from foods and beverages we consume, natural hypotonic drinks like coconut water may help restore hydration faster but in the long run the best source of water will always be water along with a balanced diet. So drink ample amounts, if you are thirsty you are already dehydrated.

© 2014 – Copyrights Grant Roberts All Rights Reserved

The Wonderful… Or Not So Wonderful World of Dr. Oz?

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The Grant Roberts Unified Lifestyle Radio Show – Saturday October 22nd @ 6:00 pm PST

This weeks show is in response to you the listener, asking questions and commenting about the Dr. Oz Million Dollar You – Transformation Nation sponsored by Weightwatchers™

Is it right for you?

Grant is joined by Weightwatchers™ expert answering your questions and along with grant’s comments what he thinks is right… and where he thinks there is room for improvement in the Dr. Oz / Weightwatchers™ … FAT loss challenge (that was a hint)

Tune in on Saturday @ 6:00 pm PST and listen live on line at:

The Grant Roberts Unified Lifestyle Radio Show Is Moving To Prime Time…

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Thank You Los Angeles Listeners!

The Unified Lifestyle Radio Show has moved to Saturday night at 6:00 pm on KABC 790 Los Angeles – Talk Radio.

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Got a Fitness, Nutrition or Lifestyle Question for Grant?

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Tune in Sunday October 9th at 5:00 pm PST to the Grant Roberts Unified Lifestyle Radio Show on KABC 790 Los Angeles


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Get answers to any question related to fitness, nutrition or lifestyle from one on Hollywood’s most successful and sought after trainers Grant Roberts.

Grant gained worldwide recognition following his transformation of actress Hilary Swank for the film Million Dollar Baby.

Now you can learn the secrets to optimum health just by tuning in. Check out Grant’s blogs, podcasts and FREE apps at unified lifestyle

Grant’s guest: Dr. Dan Johnston – Medical Director of the U.S. Army Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program at the Pentagon.

Improve Learning / Brain Power In America – The Education Special: This Sunday on the Grant Roberts Unified Lifestyle Show

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What is the key to increased brain power?

This back to school special program may surprise you. These tricks aren’t just for kids, the science clearly shows the advice works for all students of life. From ages 1 to over 100, we can all benefit from a little more brain power… so tune in.

Education is this topic on this weeks Grant Roberts Unified Lifestyle Radio Show.

Learning isn’t just for kids… This show was inspired as a commentary and provides science based solution to the national concern regarding issue of improved education following the events of this past week

The Education Nation Summit held in New York City


The Presidents Back to School Speech – Washington DC September 28, 2011

President Obama provides a few words from a previous speech describing the concerns and need for all Americans regardless of age to continue learning.

Grant and his guests provide science based solutions to the education crisis, Grant’s guests include

Paul Zientarski and education specialist and creator of LearningReadinessPE


Harvard Professor Dr. John Ratey and author of ‘Spark’ The Revolutionary New Science of exercise and the Brain.

Tune in this Sunday October2nd  2011 at 5:00 pm PST,  from the KABC studios in Los Angeles or listen  via live streaming internet / or smart phone device or podcast at

The information contained in this show will provide listeners with advice on improving brainpower and the methods to enhance learning, memory and improved brain function regardless of age

If you would like to watch the 15 minute mini documentary featuring inspiring stories from the Teacher, Dr. John Ratey and the students that took participated in the Jog Your Memory program created by Grant Roberts and his foundation Healthy Student Bodies  click the following link to watch: Jog Your Memory Mini-Documentary


FREE Advice From Top Golf Pros & FREE Round Of Golf

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Tune in to tune up your game – The Golf Special Edition on the Grant Roberts Unified Lifestyle Radio Show.

Listen to the Special Golf edition on KABC 790 Los Angeles Sunday September 25th @ 7:00 pm PST or listen Livestreaming or to the Podcast following the show.

Featuring Grant’s world class golf pro guests:

Laird Small: Pebble Beach Golf Pro & 2003 Teacher of the Year

Sean Cochran:  Phil Mickelson’s Trainer


If you live in Los Angeles or will be visiting LA before November 30, 2011

You can play a round of Golf absolutely FREE Just for listening to Grant Roberts Unified Lifestyle.

Be a guest of Unified Lifestyle & Players Club Golf: Los Angeles state of the art indoor golf center located at 3211 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica CA. Just say “ Unified Lifestyle” and the start playing, it’s that simple.


Morgan Freeman: This Sunday on the Grant Roberts Unified Lifestyle Show

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Tune in this Sunday September 18th 2011 at 7:00 pm PST from the KABC studios in Los Angeles or tune in via live streaming internet / or smart phone device or podcast at

Grant Roberts welcomes Academy Award ™ winning actor Morgan Freeman to his Unified Lifestyle Radio Show.

Grant and Morgan appeared in two movies together: Million Dollar Baby and Invictus.


Other features and guests:

A Discussion on genetically modified foods – what you don’t know may hurt you:

Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee and Matt Baiamonte owners of the historic 5th Street Gym – Miami FL       


Did you miss last weeks show with special guest Clint Eastwood?

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Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice… Not Knowing What Is In Your Food May BUG You.

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Ever look at the ingredients list on products like fruit juice, ice cream, candies and yogurt (also cosmetics) and wonder what carmine or cochineal extract is?

It is a dye (food coloring) derived from the female Cochineal Beetle.

Carmine or Cochineal Extract is derived from crushing female cochineal beetles. Approximately one quarter of the insect carcass weight contains the deep red pigment. The bugs are either dried (cochineal extract) or submersed in hot water with ammonia and pulverized (to produce the food additive coloring (carmine).

It takes about 150,000insects to make 1 kilogram (70,000 per 1 pound) of cochineal derived food dye.

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