Fat our Fabulous Friend

In the 1970’s and 1980’s all we knew were calories and Fat has twice the calories of protein or carbohydrates so that was reason enough to swear off eating any. But back in the 1970’s and 1980’s we were all STARVING!

This is why
When we eat protein or carbohydrates they are broken down into their smallest form so that they can enter the blood. A piece of chicken cannot enter the blood as chicken it has to be broken down and all proteins are broken down into single units of amino acids and in this form they can enter the blood.
A bowl of pasta cannot enter the blood as pasta shells it too has to be broken down into its smallest form, that being single units of glucose.

This breakdown of nutrients starts in the mouth for carbohydrates (which is why they are sweet when we break them down with our teeth. Chewing starts to break the chemical bonds and we get our first hit. Proteins and carbohydrates enter the stomach and are broken down quite a bit there, they then continue on to the small intestine where more digestion/breakdown takes place and nutrients get taken up into the blood.

Fat, however, has a different path. Those egg yolks, that butter or avocado enter our stomach of course but they remain there unaltered. If there is no breakdown/digestion going on then that fat food sits there unchanged leaving us feeling pretty full. Fat then goes on to the small intestine where is starts to get broken down into fatty acids. Even then fat is unique as it doesn’t enter the blood at this point like our proteins and carbohydrates. Fat gets digested by bile that comes from the nearby gallbladder and it enters our lymph system where it does the rounds before entering the liver and eventually, it enters the blood.

That is one hell of a detour.


What we want to take away is that when we include fat with our meal it stays in your stomach longer and unaltered which helps us feel full. It is the reason that when we go to that fancy French restaurant and they bring out our meal and we think it’s a child’s portion, we surprisingly feel very full after eating so very little. The French are known for their rich foods and sauces (and small portions) and maybe that’s really why they can stay so skinny (because it is not the red wine – don’t believe that hype!)

Let’s get this party started! Who, What, Why

Ladies and Gents born after say 1985, this blog is for you.  Once we get into our mid 30’s things start to change.

What worked before isn’t working anymore, taking your shirt off or wearing a bikini becomes more uncomfortable and it seems like your body is working against you.  Before you resign yourself to “middle age” please start reading and watching this blog.


Everything that is happening to you can be explained and its really quite fascinating once you start to figure out what is going on and what you can do about it.  I will tell you right now that counting calories and adding minutes to your cardio will do very little to help.  Intake and expenditure are important but its a little like focusing on what color to paint a room when the house is built on sand.

Who am I?  Joanne Lee Cornish, you can read full bio in the sidebar.  I was a pro bodybuilder and although I hate to dig up old photos I probably will just to show you I know what I am talking about 🙂  I am 50 and I was an Independent trainer in Gold Gym Venice, CA for 24 years.  I think few will dispute that I made my mark there and was classed as one of the top trainers in the most famous gym in the world.  Outside of Golds I had (and still have), a nutrition business called  The Shrink Shop (hence the name of this blog) Although the name suggests weight loss, my niche is really conditioning and that may be adding muscle and/or losing fat.

I’ve been designing meal plans for over 20 years but about 10 years ago I wrote a seminar series called “If Diets Worked We’d All Be Skinny” it was a 6 part series where I explained everything from childhood obesity to bloating, hormonal weight gain, alcohol, sleep, stress and of course nutrition.  Well, seminar #1 I presented to about 6 of my friends who were kind enough to turn up to support me.  By seminar #6 we were at capacity with people standing in the hallway taking notes.  I was asked to repeat the whole series which I did but we had to move to a larger location.

Does that mean I’m so great?  not really.  What was obvious was that people were really interested in understanding what was going on with their bodies, behaviors and were looking for solutions they could implement with confidence.  This was a game changer for me, as i really find all this stuff totally fascinating but I hadn’t realized so many people felt the same way.

This blog is intended to be informative and fun.  If you have any questions or ideas please let me know

The Shrink Shop was founded on the belief that given clear, valid information, people will make better choices all by themselves.

So let’s get started!

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