For a better part of 15 years I tried very hard to lose about 20+ pounds to that I could look and feel better. I felt bloated and swollen in my small frame.
I tried about 15 different diets, exercised profusely, and tried every supplement on the market hoping for some magic to happen. Well, it didn’t. Sometimes I would lose a few pounds only to gain it back in a short time. Although it was frustrating, it got me to where I am today as I continued to further my education into natural health and to see searching for answers.
Want to hear this interesting news? Insulin. Being a pharmacist I really didn’t think much about insulin unless I was working with a diabetic patient. I certainly was not interested in my own insulin since I was not personally diabetic. In some of my more recent trainings I have learned so much about insulin and how it really applies to most of us diabetic or not especially as it relates to weight loss.
When we eat carbohydrates, we stimulate insulin to lower our blood sugar as the carbs digest. This is a good thing. It is also important to know that insulin has more functions than just lowering our blood sugar. One of those is the regulation of fat storage.
Every time we eat which most likely includes the consumption of carbohydrates, we stimulate insulin. It is important to also note that the higher the amount of carbohydrates that are consumed means the higher amount of insulin that will also be secreted. The higher the insulin secretion the more inflammation that can take place. It also means the body has to figure out what to do with all of the carbs. It will burn some, store some, and then store the rest in your fat cells if it cannot use all of it before your next meal is eaten. Did you get that?
This is where we run into issues when a person eats many times a day and eats a high carbohydrate diet also. Combine this with trans fats and fast food and you really have a problem on your hands. If you fit into the category of eating multiple times per day especially without regards to your carbohydrate intake, you are telling your insulin to store fat all day long. No wonder it is so hard to lose weight!! Insulin is just there doing its thing bringing blood sugar down and storing all of the excess calories of especially carbs right to your body fat.
What can you do to turn this around? Luckily there are now many things that can be done to remedy this. Things like:
1-Intermittent Fasting-waiting to eat until later into the day
2-Eating a lower carbohydrate diet
3-Block fasting-fasting for a certain number of days at a time
Balancing our insulin hormone and keeping it lower is the key to losing weight and living a more anti-inflammatory lifestyle. I now think about my insulin every day. As I have focused on this and not necessarily on losing weight, the weight started falling away along with a lot of bloating and puffiness. I was ecstatic!! I didn’t have to exercise forever in the gym to make this happen and I also healed my hypoglycemia as well.
My body now loves burning fat for fuel leaving my blood sugar alone and very stable. It has totally freed me from hypoglycemia and weight issues. I also know that keeping my blood sugar in check keeps my insulin levels lower. This means I have less overall inflammation in my body and that my cells are healthier than they were 15 years ago.
Try one or all of these strategies. They just may be what you are looking for. If you need more info, send me a FB message or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org