There is a very interesting relationship between high insulin levels and weight loss, especially for people with insulin resistance. The fact is that it is very hard to lose weight when insulin levels are high. Therefore, if one of your health goals is to lose weight then you must ensure insulin levels in your body remain low as much as possible.
Unfortunately though, people with insulin resistance tend to have constantly high insulin levels (hyperinsulinemia), which means it is very difficult for them to lose fat!
You see, insulin is a storage hormone and when you have a meal, particularly if it is high in carbohydrate, your pancreas releases insulin into the blood stream in order to bring your blood sugar back down to a normal level again.
This is an essential function because high levels of sugar in the blood stream actually damages blood vessels and nerves and that is why diabetics tend to have a far greater incidence of heart disease and stroke compared to the rest of the population.
Unfortunately, the human body only has a limited capacity for storing carbohydrate. It can store some in the muscles and some in the liver but once these storage sites are full where else can it go? You guessed it, FAT! Any excess sugar (carbohydrate) in the blood stream is stored in the fat cells around the body, particularly in the major fat-storage areas like, the hips, thighs and stomach.
Worse still, is the fact that high insulin levels stop the body from mobilising and utilising fat as a fuel source; it stops fat burning in it’s tracks! Therefore, if you want to burn off body fat and you want to burn it off quickly, then you must find ways to avoid high insulin levels and keep insulin as low in your body as you possibly can. In a moment we will cover all the steps you need to take in order to do this effectively, even if you’re insulin resistant!
The concept of avoiding high insulin levels is employed by promoters of low-carb diets. These diets help people lose weight because the body loses stored carbohydrate from the liver and muscles and therefore a substantial amount of water as well. These diets also promote weight loss because cutting carbs means insulin levels are also substantially reduced, which therefore helps the body use more stored fat as a fuel source.
However, the major problem with low-carb diets is that they are virtually impossible to stick to long term mainly because they eliminate so many foods from your diet. Despite this, a low-carb diet is essential if you have insulin resistance.
A low insulin level, or more specifically, a stable blood sugar level, is easy to achieve by following a few simple steps:
- Reduce your carbohydrate intake
- Take glucose disposal agents (GDAs) with breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Perform some exercise every day or at least 5 days a week
Reduce Your Carbohydrate Intake
Reducing your carbohydrate intake is actually very easy to do. It simply involves being conscious of your meal portion sizes and also the source of your carbohydrates.
If you aim for around 10 grams of carbs per meal (assuming you have 5 small meals a day), then that should be an adequate amount of carbs for the day and will help you keep your blood sugar level stable and avoid high insulin levels.
When it comes to the sources of carbohydrate, you should avoid the high-density carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, cereals), have a maximum of 2 serves a day of the medium-density carbohydrates (fruit, starchy vegetables, dairy products) and have the low-density carbohydrates (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, etc.) as your primary sources of carbohydrates.
Take glucose disposal agents (GDAs) with breakfast, lunch and dinner
Glucose disposal agents (GDAs) have the effect of disposing of glucose from the blood stream. By taking 1 capsule / tablet with each of your main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) you can make it far easier for your body to keep your blood sugar level stable and avoid high insulin levels. This means you will have an environment in your body that is conducive to burning fat as a fuel very efficiently.
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Perform some exercise every day or at least 5 days a week
Exercise makes the insulin receptors on cell membranes more receptive to the action of insulin. Therefore, less insulin is required to shuttle the glucose (and other nutrients) into cells.
By producing less insulin, more fat may be mobilised from the fat stores and utilised as a fuel source.
By following these 3 easy steps you will lose fat faster than you ever thought possible and without having to starve yourself or exercise excessively. They simply follow the basic principles that govern how the body burns fat. Perform these steps for the next 3 weeks and prepare to be amazed at how quickly your body will change!
If you, or someone you know has insulin resistance and would like to know how to overcome the condition, then I highly recommend reading, Your Complete Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Plan. It will provide you with everything you need to know to reverse insulin resistance!