Insulin Management & Weight Loss
The key to losing weight, specifically losing unhealthy fat, is to pay attention to how you are fueling your body and brain and to do so in a way that your blood sugar and your body's insulin response to blood sugar is minimized. Insulin turns off fat burning, but moderate insulin levels are also beneficial and necessary for muscle growth. To understand how your body utilizes fuel, please keep reading!
Normally, when you consume a meal, the nutrients in food get broken down in 3 different ways.
1. Carbohydrates are broken down in to glucose. Some glucose gets burned immediately for energy, but the rest goes into the blood stream and raises blood sugar level, triggering an insulin hormone release by the pancreas. The insulin acts to move the glucose into the cells for storage as glycogen in muscles or fat in the fat cells.
2. Fats are sent to the liver and broken down into fatty acids and glycerol. The fatty acids are packaged into lipoproteins and the liver sends them around the body to repair cell membranes, make hormones and other body chemicals and tissues. The excess is stored in the fat cells as packages of triglycerides for later use.
3. Proteins are broken down into amino acids and they are used to create non-essential amino acids, hormones, neurotransmitters in the brain and other protein based compounds. Excess amino acids can move around in the blood stream to be used for repairing tissue. Some will be turned into glucose and stored.
Your brain makes up only 2% of your body mass but it accounts for about 20% of our energy needs - a very greedy organ! Neurons in the brain derive most of their energy from glucose. Therefore, our bodies need to provide glucose to the brain. Our brains require about 400-500 kcal of glucose per day (100-120gm). While every body process needs energy, the body generally gives the brain the highest priority for energy delivery as the control center for everything. Keep this point in mind…
If you eat a carbohydrate rich meal/snack, you get a rush of glucose in your bloodstream all at once and your body has to go into a stress response to compensate for the sugar spike. Your body burns the sugar (glucose) first and pumps insulin into the system to take away the excess from the blood and into the muscles and fat cells for storage. When there is insulin in your system, the ability to burn fat or stored energy is blocked. When the insulin takes the excess glucose away, the body goes low on blood sugar but the insulin levels are still peaking so your body then has to raise the blood sugar. But there is a time lag and processing difficulty for your body to be able to begin burning its other sources of fuel, so the stress response makes you feel tired and down.
If you keep spiking your sugar levels by eating more carbs, your body keeps having to produce insulin and eventually your cells will become insulin resistant so they cannot take in glucose, amino acids and fatty acids. This is also known as Insulin Resistance Syndrome or Metabolic Syndrome. This is what can lead to issues like Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Abnormal Cholesterol Levels, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome to name a few.
It's ideal to provide your body with the right fuels at the right timing so that your insulin levels are steady... More on this later on....
The "fasting state" occurs about 2-4 hours after a meal, when we don't have a new dietary source of glucose and when the insulin levels begin to drop. If you refrain from eating more carbohydrates, another set of about 8 hormones, including glucagon and epinephrine, are released in response to the drop in glucose and insulin, and trigger the body to release fuels from storage.
Without a new intake of glucose, our livers will release stored glycogen as the next energy source. Most people have about 100-120 grams of stored glucose in our livers. How long the liver can supply our brains with sufficient glucose in a state of total starvation is about only 1-3 days. If our brain does not get another source of nourishment, besides glucose, we will simply die. Luckily, our bodies have strategies to adapt!
Our muscles have about 300-350 gm of glucose stored in them but they need a special enzyme and process to release the glucose from the glycogen from the muscle and break it down. Even then, there are only about 2000 calories of stored carbohydrates in muscle. Therefore, the body tries to preserve muscle and goes for other sources of energy.
This triggers the body to scour itself for fuel. Some of the sources for energy that it will find are dead cells, damaged tissues, tumors, abcesses, etc - all of which it will break down and burn for fuel or expel as waste. Fasting accelerates this process and getting rid of the burden of this inferior flesh will make your body feel lighter and your body processes will work better as the inferior fleshes are consumed and eliminated.
Another source of large amounts of energy is stored fat! There is a lot more energy in stored fat than in carbohydrates, about 9 calories/gram vs 4 calories/gram of carbohydrates (sugars). (Protein is 4 calories/gram and alcohol is 7 calories/gram.) When energy needs exceed those provided by eating, then the body must liquidate some of its fat tissue for energy.
When the glycogen stores in the liver are depleted, the body adapts and breaks down fat stores from triglycerides to free fatty acids, which the liver then converts to ketones that can substitute for glucose as cellular fuel (ketosis). However, unlike fatty acids, the ketones can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and feed the brain. As the brain uses the ketones, it needs less glucose, so the liver decreases the breakdown of its stored glycogen.
Exercise and raising the body’s core temperature does increase fat burning and fat utilization as energy. Of course, muscles that are working and growing also require more energy. That’s why a clean diet and a regular, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program go together so well!
The trick to losing fat steadily and safely is to continuously provide your body with the right fuels at the right timing so that it continues to break down inferior flesh, rid itself of toxins, and provide your brain and body with the fuel it needs to function. The body does need some carbohydrates to keep your hormones and emotions in balance, but the best carbohydrates for the body are complex carbohydrates like many fresh vegetables and fruits, not processed flours and sugars. Building lean muscles requires lean protein and other nutrients for fueling repair and growth.
As the body breaks down fat stores for energy, the toxins that the body has been storing within your fat cells in an effort to keep them away from your vital organs will also be released. Sometimes, the release of these toxins will make you feel nauseous, dizzy, irritable, moody, tired or confused until they are eliminated out of your body.
You must drink plenty of water and, ideally also eliminate waste in your intestines using fiber or other means, to help your body to flush out the toxins so they don't get reabsorbed into your system. Massage, saunas, skin brushing, light exercise, active breathing, etc will also help.
Pay attention to how you are feeling in your body and how your emotions are chemically altered as you continue to lose fat. As you eliminate the toxins and waste products in your body, you will feel more relaxed, mentally clear, calm, emotionally stable and also more energetic. You will start to attune to the real person God intended you to be, happy, unpolluted and pure energy!
This is the superb state that we atVita Revolutionwish for you and know you can attain!
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