My Question up for answer is based on the information below, is it correct to assume that Carbohydrates in a balanced diet do not significantly contribute to fat conversion and storage but instead wreak havoc on the homeostasis of the body increasing Fat cells and using the fat content of the diet to store in these cells while the glucose from carbs are used for immediate fuel. If this is true then would it not also be possible that a diet devoid of significant fat sources and high in carbohydrates (lets put aside the argument against refined carbs and sugars) but not high enough to encourage conversion be possible to maintain your weight level? I realize fats are a necessary part of diet but theoretically speaking would this be true...
I am asking because this was recently thrown in my face recently during a discussion where I recommended the article and this was the viewpoint of the person I was trying to explain the merits of the paleo diet and that excess carbs encourage weight gain..
The article is Gary Taubes NYT artcile titles "What if its all been a big fat lie?" which I'm sure everyone is familiar with, the exert starts here:
"Then in 1982, J.P. Flatt, a University of Massachusetts biochemist, published his research demonstrating that, in any normal diet, it is extremely rare for the human body to convert carbohydrates into body fat. This was then misinterpreted by the media and quite a few scientists to mean that eating carbohydrates, even to excess, could not make you fat -- which is not the case, Flatt says. But the misinterpretation developed a vigorous life of its own because it resonated with the notion that fat makes you fat and carbohydrates are harmless." http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/magazine/what-if-it-s-all-been-a-big-fat-lie.html?pagewanted=6
I know GT says it was misinterpreted and I am trying to deduce how...
I read the article by Flatt, you can find it here: http://www.ajcn.org/content/61/4/952S.full.pdf
Basically the circumstances are extremely rare: "To induce substantial rates of carbohydrate conversion into fat, the body’s total glycogen stores must be considerably raised, from their usual 4-6 g/kg body wt to > 8-10 g/kg body wt. This requires deliberate and sustained ovenconsumption of large amounts of carbohydrates for 2-3 d "
A 90kg person then would need 900g of carbohydrates consumed daily? Which would be 3600 calories?? this cant be right? Does 1g of carb = 1g of glycogen? I am sure I am doing the math wrong.. Just curious at what # of calories from carbs would be needed to promote this RARE circumstance..
Does that also include the body stores of glucose at 500g which is 120g in the liver and the remainder in muscle tissue which would need replenishing?
I found the following article which shows in animals that there is a storage of carbs as fat for general information: http://chestofbooks.com/health/nutrition/Science/The-Conversion-Of-Carbohydrate-Into-Fat.html
Thanks for anyone who can help clear this up!