Fat does not make you fat, but starchy food and sugar, because…
Any food which causes your pancreas to release insulin can make you fat, because insulin is the fat storing hormone.
While insulin itself cannot make you gain weight, it does play a very important role in your metabolism, and if insulin production is too high, it can damage your health and cause you to start gaining weight.
What Insulin Does
When you eat a carbohydrate-containing meal (food which contain flour, like bread and pasta, as well as food like potatoes, rice and any other starchy food), your pancreas releases insulin into the bloodstream.
This insulin is responsible for moving the carbohydrates, along with amino acids and fats, into your cells. The carbohydrates are either taken to the liver or to your fat and muscle cells. This process is vital for optimal health; however, because insulin is a storage hormone, having too much of it circulating in your blood can cause more of the food you eat to be stored in fat cells.
Diabetes is a common condition associated with insulin. There are two types of diabetes – Type 1, which usually occurs for genetic reasons, and type 2, which is normally due to diet and lifestyle choices.
Type 2 usually happens when you eat a diet high in carbohydrates over a prolonged period. The insulin receptors in your cells become unresponsive to insulin, and this causes your pancreas to have to produce huge amounts of insulin, which eventually exhausts it, meaning it can no longer produce enough insulin.
Diabetes and Weight Gain
A large number of type 2 diabetics are overweight, both before and after diagnosis. Having lots of insulin circulating in your blood – the cause of type 2 diabetes – also leads to a lot of fat storage.
Many diabetics will have to take insulin injections to manage their blood sugar and insulin levels, which can further lead to weight gain.
Insulin in Non-Diabetics
Even if you aren’t diabetic, having chronically high levels of insulin can lead to diabetes and weight gain. High insulin levels are usually a result of a high-calorie, high-carbohydrate diet, which causes you to gain weight.
How to Manage Insulin and Weight Gain
Insulin on its own will not cause weight gain, but when combined with a large calorie and carbohydrate intake over an amount of time, it will lead to weight gain and possibly diabetes.
- The best weight loss advice is to avoid carbohydrates as far as possible. Cut out all sugar drinks, beer, sugar in coffee and tea, starchy food, breads, pasta, rice, pies and chips.
- Try only to eat meats with lots of vegetables and salads. Don’t overdo the protein, but don’t starve. For snacks you can take nuts and something like biltong.
- Always drink enough water.
- However, you will crave sugar and the easiest way to curb the cravings is to take 2 Manna Blood Sugar Support Caplets with each meal.
By reducing the insulin production in your body, you will lose weight. It is not always how much you eat, but what you eat that cause you to gain weight.