If you have read any of our earlier articles, you already know that we strongly believe in this philosophy that education is the first step towards successful weight loss!

Continuing from our last article where we shared about the insulin hormone which is responsible for fat burning or fat storage.

Ideally you should be reading our last article on hormone basics and the purpose of insulin hormone and how it affects our weight but in case you are interested in just the summary of it, we are presenting here below both link to article as well as the summary:

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Summary of the above article:

Hormones relay information about your body and its needs to the brain and to millions of receptor sites around the body. Those sites in turn send out messages that cause your body to either burn or store fat. In other words, hormones have the power to make your body’s fat stores available as fuel – or to prevent that from happening, instead stimulating more fat storage.

The good news is, you have control over your hormones, perhaps more than you think!

Insulin: The Carb – Control Hormone

One of the most important hormones directly affecting fat-burning or fat-storage is insulin. It is secreted by our pancreas in response to elevated blood sugar levels, most often after a meal or snack. This hormone deposits blood sugar and proteins into muscle tissues so you can move and function well.

The main challenge posed by insulin is its super sensitivity to carbohydrates. It is essentially sensitive to so-called high-glycemic carbs such as refined sugar, flour, potatoes etc. When you eat high-glycemic carbs, your body produces lots of insulin. And when you eat low-glycemic carbs, it has much gentler effect on blood sugar.

Under optimal conditions, your body was designed to produce about three-fourths of its daily energy primarily by burning stored body fat reserves, not sugar. But when insulin and LPL levels are high, they effectively block your body from using stored fat as the main fuel source.

Glucagon: Triggering Fat Release

Glucagon is the hormone that counterbalances insulin. Where insulin production is stimulated by carbohydrates, glucagon production is stimulated by proteins. While insulin works to make sure blood sugar levels don’t get too high, glucagon works to make sure they don’t fall too low which can happen when you skip meals.

Insulin sets you up for fat gain through its partnership with LPL. Glucagon is dedicated to triggering the release of stored fat from fat cells by producing an enzyme known as hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL).

HSL activity increases after meals which could be high in lean protein and low-glycemic carbs and moderate to low in healthy fats. Once liberated from the body’s fat cells, this free fatty acid can be burned as fuel for energy.

But our bodies have evolved in such a way that whenever glucagon and insulin are present together in the bloodstream in equal amounts. the insulin always wins. By changing the way we eat, we can control fat storage as well as fat burning process.

Source Credit: This article is taken from Flip the Switch, Lose the Weight Book by Robert K. Cooper

In the next article in this series of “Education is the First Step towards Weight Loss”, we will share about the thyroid (T3) hormone.

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