A Quick Summary on What Leads to Fat Storage in 10 Bullet PointsA Quick Summary on What Leads to Fat Storage in 10 Bullet Points https://www.thrivehealth.com.au/wp-content/uploads/bigstock-Young-Sporty-Fit-Woman-Measuri-50152769960.jpg 960 640 Janie Janie https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/73d7b9a4bcaf7c63f4a42c753b4c008d?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Here’s my latest take on what leads to fat storage and what leads to weight loss summarised into 10 bullet points!
The hormone primarily responsible for whether we store fat or use fat is INSULIN
When insulin is secreted it promotes the storage of whatever calories we have eaten as FAT, and stops existing stored fat being used as energy
INSULIN is released in response to many things including:
- Carbohydrates – sugar, grains and starchy vegetables
- Stress (This is why STRESSED & DESSERTS have the same letters!)
PROCESSED CARBOHYDRATES, MODERN WHEAT & SUGAR are especially insulin-raising
The more hours of the day that insulin is HIGH, the more fat storage there will be
To lose weight you need to reduce the NUMBER OF HOURS of the day that insulin is high
There are different ways to do this and you will need to do one of these for the rest of your life to maintain weight loss so pick one you like!
- There is no MIRACLE product or diet
- CALORIE RESTRICTION – because it restricts carbohydrates somewhat it reduces insulin so can lead to short-term weight loss, but long-term success is poor due to hunger levels and fatigue. Good luck with that.
- LOW CARB – reduces the overall amount of insulin and is much easier to maintain as it is more satiating due to eating more fats and proteins
- INTERMITTENT FASTING – results in insulin being released for less hours of the day but the meals that are eaten need to be nutritious to avoid hunger and low energy
- REDUCED SNACKING – eating 3 square meals per day reduces the number of hours insulin is released
INSULIN RESISTANCE (the inability for the body to utilise insulin properly) increases insulin levels even further and therefore increases fat storage. This means that it is even harder to stabilise insulin so you may need to work even harder at whatever you choose to do.
Don’t forget that the insulin released due to CHRONIC STRESS may override any dietary attempt to reduce insulin. Learn to eliminate, reduce or manage stress. Stress may include:
- mental/emotional issues
- poor sleep
- poor digestion
- lack of exercise
- toxin overload
- infection or inflammation
- malnourishment or nutrient deficiencies/excesses
- past trauma
- poor self esteem
The solution is to JUST EAT REAL FOOD:
- Get rid of the BIG 5 TOXIC NON-FOODS: processed foods, sugar, wheat, vegetable oils, soy
- Eat lots of free-range healthy animal products
- Add some extra fats (butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado…)
- Heaps and heaps of organic vegetables
- A small amount of fruit
- A small amount of safe carbohydrate such as soaked oats, potato, sweet potato or white rice – the amount for weight loss is different for every individual.
- Limit carbs to 1 or 2 meals of the day. Eating carbs around exercise time is even better.