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 is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Silent Inflammation and Diet
To keep inflammation at bay, you need a drug you can safely take over the course of your lifetime.
That “drug” is an anti-inflammation diet.
But fighting silent inflammation is a lifelong struggle, which means you have to have a lifelong diet to control it.
And like any drug, you have to take it at the right time and the right dosage to get the maximum effect.
Since Americans have become the fattest people on earth, it also means we have the highest rates of silent inflammation.
This link between excess body fat and increased silent inflammation leads to a wide variety of chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
Increasing levels of silent inflammation accelerate the development of all of these chronic diseases.
Losing excess body fat is hard, but keeping it off is an even greater challenge.
The question is: Why has it become so much more of a challenge in recent years?
Up until 1980, the rates of obesity in America remained fairly constant, at about 14% of the population.
Over the past 30 years, however, obesity has surged to a current record-setting 33% of Americans.
To add more fuel to the fire, more than 2/3 of Americans are now overweight.
The short answer is we’re eating more calories because we’re hungrier.
The best way to lose excess body fat and reduce silent inflammation is simply to eat fewer calories.
This is incredibly difficult to do if you’re always hungry.
Strangely, the more calories you eat, the hungrier you become.
This won’t seem strange once you understand what really makes you hungry: low blood sugar.
Your brain needs a certain amount of glucose (blood sugar) to fuel itself.
When blood glucose levels fall, your brain has a temper tantrum: you may feel irritated, in a mental fog, or may feel increased hunger.
Whatever the symptoms, you learn to self-medicate by eating more carbohydrates, especially candy bars, sugar-laden soft drinks, cookies, corn chips, and so on, that quickly enter your bloodstream as glucose.
Once you do, you feel better.
Your brain is rewarding you – the faster your brain gets fed, the quicker you feel better.
You may not realize it, but you’re setting yourself up for another bout of low blood glucose.
The same carbohydrates that rapidly increased your blood glucose have also caused a rapid increase in the secretion of insulin, which will dramatically reduce your blood glucose levels within 1-2 hours.
Do this self-medication on a constant basis, and excess body fat piles on because excess insulin makes you fat and keeps you fat.
You might assume if your brain relies on a constant supply of blood sugar to function, then you should feed it by eating primarily carbohydrates all day long.
But that only upsets the balance of insulin and glucagon.
These 2 hormones work together to keep hunger at bay and keep your brain feeling happy.
Insulin drives blood glucose into your liver to use at a later time, and glucagon releases the stored glucose when your brain needs it.
When these 2 hormones are in balance from a proper diet, you keep hunger at bay and lose excess body fat.
Unfortunately, the hormonal partnership can be easily destroyed by a high-carbohydrate diet.
High-carbohydrate diets lead to an overproduction of insulin.
The more insulin you have, the more blood sugar is driven down, and the hungrier you are.
So, following dietary recommendations to reduce fat and increase carbohydrates has led us to eat too many calories but hasn’t kept our hunger at bay.
It’s no wonder we’ve gotten fatter.
But excess insulin can do a number on your body, mainly by increasing the levels of silent inflammation.
There are only 2 fuels your body can use for energy: glucose and fat.
When your body is at rest, more than 70% of your energy needs come from circulating fat.
Your brain, however, can use only glucose for energy.
This works fine if there’s enough glucose and fat circulating in your bloodstream.
Too much insulin, however, can upset this balance by blocking the release of stored fat into your bloodstream.
This forces your body and brain to compete for a limited amount of glucose in your blood.
You feel hungrier as a result and will look for more calories to eat, probably in the form of carbohydrates, to replenish blood glucose levels.
This causes another rise in insulin, feeding a vicious cycle eventually leading to weight gain and increased silent inflammation.
Come join us on our natural weight loss journey! We’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)
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