How Insulin And Your Weight Are Related
Whenever you spark the topic of weight loss, the first the first two things that crop are sugar and Insulin. So to understand why this hormone almost always crops up, let us first understand what Insulin really is.
According to relevant sources and decades of research, Insulin can be defined as a peptide hormone produced by beta cells in your pancreas.
Due to its regulatory function of organizing the process of metabolism of carbohydrates and fats, it is deemed to be one of the most important hormones.
Not only does it regulate the cycle of metabolism but it also promotes the absorption of glucose from the blood to skeletal muscles and fat tissue by causing the fat to be stored rather than used for energy.
On the one hand, where the primary reason for Insulin’s existence in the human body is to remove excess glucose from the blood thereby avoiding unnecessary creation of toxic within the body, there are certain drawbacks as well.
Insulin is undoubtedly, one of the most important hormones, more so for people trying lose weight, helping us absorb nutrient from the food we consume.
But, however, there is a catch in the “functionality” aspect of Insulin.
When this happens, a whole lot of problems, including vision loss, hearing loss, high blood pressure, gum disease and the worst of all, increase in weight are seen.
So let us have a look at how and what role Insulin plays in deciding how slim you’ll become (assuming you are trying to do it currently).
What is the possible connection between Insulin and weight gain?
When you absorb food and activate the functioning of Insulin, glucose is able to enter your cells. Plain and simple.
The right proportion of the glucose levels in your body helps maintain the correct functioning of your bodily activities.
This is the desired goal.
But if you take in more calories than you need to maintain a healthy weight — given your level of activity — your cells will get more glucose than they need. Glucose that your cells don’t use automatically accumulates as fat.
This will ultimately lead you to gain a lot of excess weight.
Some experts believe obesity, especially excess fat around the waist, is a primary cause of insulin resistance. And believe it or not, more often than not, this problem is caused by emotional eating and bad cravings which are COMPLETELY controllable and curable.
Therefore, it is very important for you to take proper care of your diet in order to avoid any unnecessary weight gain. Not only will it become extremely difficult to shed off those extra pounds but it will also lead to other hazardous health problems as well.
How can you avoid this?
What you eat is what you are. By taking proper care of your diet, daily schedule along with a carefully constructed exercise regime, you can surely shed off the unwanted fat.
Secondly, be wary of “quick fixes” like Phentermine, or the (in)famous Plexus products (which I am 99% sure you saw on Facebook!!)
Keep the following steps in mind, while doing so:
You must work out on a daily basis. Not only will it help you to keep off the extra weight and make you appear fit and fab but it has various long term health benefits as well. You will lead a much healthier lifestyle than you use to when you were a couch potato.
Getting adequate sleep is crucial to keep the body functioning smoothly. Believe it or not, lack of sleep may cause you to gain weight. Studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association and The Lancet suggests that, “Sleep loss may increase hunger and affect the body’s metabolism, which may make it more difficult to maintain or lose weight.”
Count your calories
Although this is actually something I don’t highly recommend, theoretically it will help. So plan every meal carefully. Make sure you are aware of what and how much of nutrients and calories your food contains. There are a lot of calorie counting software’s on the web these days. I recommend this , this and this link for a lot of them.
Count every calorie. For e.g. when you measure ingredients while preparing a dish, many times we do not count the excess calories going in, just because you took a slightly different measure – a heaped tablespoon – instead of a normal tablespoon of say, sugar.
Not only will it help you remain aware of your body weight and calorie consumption but it will also push you towards bringing about a positive change in your life.
Consult your doctor
Make sure you consult your doctor especially if you have a health problem. This is the case of internal hormonal functionality and it is important for you to take it seriously. Therefore, you must consult your doctor before resorting to any means of losing weight.
Don’t skip meals
Don’t try to cut calories by skipping meals. In fact, scholars have even reported that skipping meals can actually lead to weight gain. All skipping meal does for you is create bad habits such as over – eating, development of the habit of smoking or drinking instead or even causes depression to a certain extent.
Concluding, Insulin sure is the master hormone in our system.
Though it has acquired a lot of attention from the medical world due to Diabetes, many obese people are not aware of its connection with weight loss. I hope this article has at least made you aware of the relation between the two.
Remember the one simple rule, for optimum fat loss, a balanced and stable blood sugar should be your first and long term goal.
When you can do that, not only will your body thank you for it, but for once, it will be ABLE to remove fat from your fat cells more efficiently, because it no longer has to worry about the sugar level in the blood.