Dr. John W. Phelts, D.C. sees many people who want to lose weight in his midtown Manhattan location.  A key factor in weight loss that needs to be addressed is the fear of being or getting “fat”.   

Many people are afraid of fat.  Afraid of becoming “Fat” and afraid of consuming fat.  Because we call overweight people “fat”, we think that consuming fat will make us fat.  In addition, being “fat” is frowned upon in society.  This makes us even more fearful of fat, because who wants to be looked down upon.  Remember, there is no fear in love, so if you are reacting to fear, you are not operating in love.  Out of a lack of love people body shame overweight people and feel sorry (which is not love) for someone anorexic.  However, we need to realize that, it is a fear of fat that influenced that person to become anorexic.  As a society, we must walk in love towards everyone instead of looking down on anyone for any reason.  As it stands, this society has a fear of fat.  The truth is that you shouldn’t fear anything.  Fear is not healthy mentally, physically, or chemically.  We only make negative choices when they are based on fear.  These choices are not good for yourself or anyone around you.  Fat is necessary for optimal health.  By avoiding fat, you deprive yourself of its benefits.

Excess weight that you see on people is not fat, it is adipose tissue.  Adipose tissue is a group of cells called adipocytes.  Adipose tissue has several functions in our bodies, which include physically protecting organs from trauma, insulating the body, storing excess energy, stores nutrients, producing hormones.  It produces hormones that regulate blood pressure, influence blood clotting, metabolize sex hormones, and improve insulin sensitivity.  Adipose tissue only multiplies if you consume more calories than you use.  Any excess calorie, whether from fat (healthy or bad), carbohydrate, of protein will eventually be converted to fat and stored in adipose tissue.  Any calorie that is not in excess, whether fat, carbohydrate, or protein will be used for energy and not stored in adipose tissue. 

Good fats come from nuts and seeds and marine life.  They come in the form of omega 3s and omega 6s.  Omega 3 fats come from nuts and marine life.  Good omega 6 fats come from evening primrose oil, borage oil, or currant seed oil.  These good fats are actually used to help us burn fat and decrease inflammation in our bodies.  There are bad omega 6 fats and these come from hydrogenated vegetable oils. 


Did you know that in 1911 Crisco was bought by Proctor and Gamble?  Shortly after Crisco was selling in the supermarkets, Proctor and Gamble made a donation to the American heart association (AHA) in the amount of $1.75 million, which was a lot of money at that time.  Now, even today when we know that processed omega 6 fat are harmful to our bodies and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, the AHA still recommends consuming 5-10% of our calories in the form of processed omega 6 fats.  Makes you scratch your head, doesn’t it?


Let’s thank God, the creator, that we can do something about it, by avoiding any oils that are hydrogenated and consuming good fats from nuts, seeds, and wild caught fish.

Our patients at Phelts Chiropractic PC we order a foundational blood panel to find out if there are any nutritional deficiencies, cardiovascular risks, immune system challenges, or hormone imbalances.  We may also order a Cleveland hear lab test, which looks at your levels of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats.  We also do Applied Kinesiology / AK testing.  We then make nutritional recommendations according to our findings.  Give us a call to set up a consultation at 212-286-2012.  We serve the 10016, 10017, and 10018 zip codes.

February 26, 2019