25 Feb Insulin: The “key” to normal weight and good health
If you blame yourself for not losing weight, for constantly accumulating fat, despite the deprivations, calorie counting, fat restriction and running at the gym, it’s time to stop doing it and instead find the real culprit for the extra pounds that persist.
The obesity epidemic and its consequences have specific causes.
Since 1980, people have been following the “experts”, eating relatively little protein, less fat and clearly more carbohydrates because they are supposed to be a “good source of energy”.
The result is that obese people are becoming more and more (250% increase!). In the beginning they may lose a little body fat but also a lot of muscles and bones. Then they quickly regain all the lost weight – and most times even more -, resulting in obesity, and a worse state of health.
Obesity can transform into a pre-diabetic condition and is a disease-causing cause. For every person suffering from diabetes, four pre-diabetic and most commonly obese people exist – The quality and quantity of the food we consume, shapes the hormonal environment inside our body for the next 5-6 hours after a meal, but also in the long run affecting the future course of our health.
Accumulation of body fat is hormonally governed, and in order to occur, requires the mediation of an extremely important hormonal force, insulin. Without insulin, no fat is produced in our body and no dietary fat enters our cells. On the other hand too much insulin circulating in the blood (hyperinsulinemia), urges our body to accumulate body fat even if we reduce calories or fat intake.
The contribution of Glucose & Insulin is therefore important, since it regulates our overall health and hormonal balance. A careful and unbiased study of history and research findings shows that a person is not obese, because he consumes a lot of calories or fat or because he does not exercise, as conventional dietology incorrectly assumes, but because he eats unnecessary calories deriving from carbohydrates and processed foods. .
One of the most important mistakes of conventional dietology is that in its course it has ignored the greatest biological force on the planet, namely our hormones, thus resulting in obesity and diabetes.
So the forgotten truth that needs to be recalled is that in order for our body to accumulate fat, insulin needs to mediate. Without insulin, no fat is produced in our body and no dietary fat enters our cells.
Too much insulin on the other hand will cause the accumulation of body fat even if we reduce the amount of food we consume.
Foods rich in sugar (glucose) and processed carbohydrates will cause a rapid increase of glucose levels and in a next step an increase in insulin levels too.
What we need to remember is that eating healthy and hormonally smart, will grant us a long life without the implications and consequences of obesity and diabetes.
Dr. Nikoleta Koini, M.D.
Doctor of Functional, Preventive, Anti-ageing and Restorative Medicine.
Diplomate and Board Certified in Anti-aging, Preventive, Functional and Regenerative Medicine from A4M (American Academy in Antiaging Medicine).
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