The Role of Insulin in Fat Storage

insulinThere are numerous hormones in the body that are going to impact how you feel and function on a day to day basis. In order to best be able to see successful weight loss and function, you need to learn how to optimize these hormones so that they are working for you rather than against you.

The first hormone you must know about is insulin. Insulin is released from the pancreas whenever you consume carbohydrate rich foods. Its primary job is to enter the blood stream taking up all the excess glucose that’s present and moving it into the tissue cells unless it is utilized immediately as a fuel source.

If you are active and exercising hard you may burn up this glucose immediately and it would not move into fat storage for long term fuel. The type of insulin that is released into your system is primarily dependent upon how many carbohydrates you eat at once, the type of carbohydrates you eat along with what you eat with those carbohydrates.

Insulin is a very efficient hormone produced in the pancreas that lowers our blood’s glucose levels. It is released into the blood stream as soon as the body detects that blood sugar levels have gone beyond optimal levels. Insulin will also tell your cells not to release their stored fat for energy; this in turn effectively prevents weight loss.

When the body’s insulin levels are high, it prevents the fat cells from releasing their stores. The result is it becomes harder and harder to lose weight.

It is very important to maintain stable blood glucose levels as the more insulin you have present in your system, the higher the chances are that your body is currently storing excess body fat. You need to avoid eating high doses of carbohydrates that break down rapidly in the body. This allows you to keep insulin on a very even keel, never causing you to experience the ups and down’s through the day that many people experience.

According to many authorities, high insulin over the long term can lead to insulin resistance which in turn causes serious health problems like obesity, overworked immune system, advanced accelerated aging, increased allergies and food intolerance, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Bottom line is this: the fewer the carbohydrates you consume, the less insulin is produced by the body, and fewer calories are stored as fat. Less fat storage computes to less weight gain. Fewer carbs consumed, equals less insulin in the blood and the body using it stored fat for fuel instead.

This is the idea behind low-carb diet plans. A body that produces less insulin naturally burns more fat than a body with excess/lots of insulin.

Like all your hormones, insulin plays a pivotal role in the vital functioning of your body. It also plays a pivotal role in weight gain/loss and you would be wise to educate yourself on how to keep healthy levels of insulin flowing…enough to do the important blood glucose work but not so much as to store excess calories.

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