Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
We all know why you’re here: You want to lose weight.
And I want you to as well.
So let’s zero in on the hormones that have the most impact on your body weight.
Because it doesn’t matter if you’re a 25-year-old frustrated diet addict or a 55-year-old who wants to lose his gut, you have the same metabolic hormones.
Even if your hormones are at wildly different levels, the principles of the program will work for anyone.
We’ll consider the role each hormone plays in metabolic function, hunger, body fat and lean muscle tissue distribution, energy level, and other aspects of general health.
We’ll talk about what happens when each hormone is at its optimal level, and what type of damage each does when it gets whacked-out.
When you know what’s happening and why, you’ll see why the plan can help you fix it.
Let’s focus on the major players:
Estrogen and progesterone
DHEA and cortisol
Epinephrine and norepinephrine
Human growth hormone
Leptin and ghrelin
Metabolic Hormone #1: Insulin
Problems with insulin are a root cause of some of the most dangerous health conditions because insulin affects almost every cell in your body.
Where Insulin Comes From: The pancreas.
Perched behind your stomach, your pancreas dictates how your body reacts to food.
How Insulin Impacts Your Metabolism: Insulin’s most important function is to lower the concentration of glucose in your blood.
Shortly after you eat food, especially highly processed carbohydrates, your meal is broken down into simple sugars and released into your bloodstream.
Within minutes, the pancreas pumps out a series of insulin surges.
Insulin then ushers those sugars directly into your liver, where they’re converted into glycogen for use by your muscles.
Insulin also helps turn glucose into fatty acids and ushers them into fat cells, where they can be stored as fuel to be used later.
Both of these activities lower the concentration of sugar in your blood, which is very important.
While high levels of blood glucose trigger insulin release, low levels suppress it.
Maintaining low levels of insulin – one of the primary goals of the diet – allows your body to more easily tap into your stored fat for fuel.
Exercise also helps your muscle cells become more sensitive to insulin and more efficient at using glucose for fuel.
When your insulin-release mechanism works the right way, it helps keep your weight in check.
But when it’s not working, watch out!
How Insulin Gets Out of Whack: Problems arise when your body starts creating too much insulin, which can happen for several reasons.
You can probably guess the most common one:
Eating too many of the wrong carbohydrates too often, especially refined carbs like white bread or pasta, which increase your blood sugar dramatically.
To cope with this increase, your pancreas delivers a proportionate amount of insulin to scoop it all up into your cells.
For example, let’s say you had a Milky Way on an empty stomach.
Your blood sugar surge is then so dramatic that insulin overreacts and works twice as hard to clean the sugar out of your blood.
This over-efficient sugar removal doesn’t leave enough glucose circulating in your bloodstream, so your blood sugar concentration drops, you feel hungry again, and you crave (and probably eat) more carbs.
That’s the post-sugar “crash-and-binge” cycle, the root of sugar addiction.
When muscles are still filled up from the last snack, where does the insulin put these extra new calories?
Straight into fat.
And as long as these large amounts of insulin are still lurking in your bloodstream, your body won’t have a chance to tap into your fat stores for fuel – so you won’t burn any fat, either.
If you repeat this cycle enough times, your pancreas will overcompensate and produce more insulin, which your cells will eventually start to ignore.
This is called insulin resistance, the precursor of Type 2 diabetes and also common among people with a metabolic syndrome – and excess pounds.
Turned away at the door of the muscles, the sugar is left to roam the streets of your blood, aimless and homeless.
If that homeless sugar hangs around your blood too long, doctors call this impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance.
If left unchecked, both conditions can eventually lead to full-blown diabetes.
The more body fat you have, the more insulin is in your brain.
And just as your body can become insulin-resistant, so can your brain.
While you may have heard that obesity causes insulin resistance and diabetes – and it does – another plausible sequence is that insulin resistance comes first, spikes insulin production and blood sugar, and makes people fat.
We’ll talk about thyroid in the next post.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
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Dick and Lenay
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