Insulin and weight loss are more closely related than we envisage. In fact, if we watch our insulin levels and stay observant to what spikes it, we can comfortably control and manage our weight too!
There is a biological function that determines this behaviour, and if you are interested that is exactly what we will be talking about in our blog post this week!
We will discuss how the carbohydrates in the sugary foods we consume are detrimental to our health and wellbeing. How insulin is the central aspect of the weight-loss equation. How people with higher levels of insulin secretion find it more difficult to lose weight. And, how repeatedly consuming sugary foods can lead to a state of impaired insulin receptor sensitivity.
Choice Fuel: Fat or Carb?
There are two main sources of energy for the body: (1) Fat and (2) Carbs.
Carbs are found in abundance, whether it is through fast foods, junk foods or calorie-ridden comfort foods. Fats should be our preferred source. But, when carbohydrates become our primary source of energy for the body, and if they remain our main fuel for days on end, the body responds by completely stopping the fat burning process.
Our lifestyle choices and nutritional decisions are the main factors responsible for this accumulation and storage of fat. For example, over-dependence on quick fix lunches and sugary drinks, and sedentary lifestyles with no scope for movement or exercise.
Fat Storage and Insulin
The level of insulin in our blood is the primary influencer that effects this fat accumulation process. Curiously, higher blood insulin levels trigger an increased storage of fat and a reduced release of fat from cells for energy.
Insulin is known to inhibit the fat burning hormone called fat sensitive lipase (and also glucagon which promotes fat-burning within cells). This hormone is responsible for releasing fat into the bloodstream for energy production. When this hormone is inhibited, the body is unable to burn and utilize the stored-up fat.
This is the reason why people with higher insulin levels find it difficult to lose weight, especially around the midsection, thighs and upper arms. The fat that has accumulated there can only be shed with special attention to diet and through regular exercise.
Insulin Resistance and Impaired Insulin Receptor Sensitivity
The higher levels of insulin in the blood also trigger another effect. That of insulin resistance and impaired insulin receptor sensitivity.
The over-dependence on carb-rich diets and lack of exercise, create a situation where the body automatically adjusts and desensitizes the insulin receptors.
In such a state, more-and-more insulin is secreted and pumped into the body without the body realizing it. The rush from insulin creates a craving for carbs and sugary foods. This further feeds the vicious cycle.
Oftentimes, this insulin triggered craving is highly addictive. And people who suffer from insulin resistance are also known to binge eat and suffer from serious eating disorders.
The recommendations are simple.
- Begin by controlling your blood insulin levels and keeping them low. A simple blood test will reveal your blood sugar level, and regular checks will help you monitor it.
- Revise your diet. Include low GI foods. Good carbs and fats.
- Undergo a detox at least once every six months. This is vital to rid yourself of all toxins and cleanse your system.
- Exercise, meditate and engage in functional fitness.
Talking to a Health Coach and receiving professional advice is effective and helpful. Especially for diabetics and people suffering from eating disorders.
My recommendations and health history checks are holistic and based on your medical history. I guide you through the essential steps that will help you manage your weight and insulin levels in a natural way. Talk to me today!