Keeping your insulin levels in the normal range has been found to be the key to weight loss
Why is this?
- Insulin is a fat storing hormone – it turns the carbohydrate you’ve eaten into the fat triglyceride, which gets stored on your body and inside your liver.
- Insulin suppresses the body’s production of fat burning hormones (namely lipoprotein lipase, growth hormone and glucagon). That means even if you exercise, you still won’t be burning fat.
- Insulin makes you crave fattening foods, especially sugar and carbs. Insulin can make you feel excessively hungry and never satisfied after meals.
- Insulin excess causes a fatty liver. If there’s fat inside your liver, your entire metabolism will slow down and you’ll find it nearly impossible to lose weight.
Clearly, you don’t want to have too much insulin in your body.
What elevates insulin to excessive levels?
- Low levels of minerals in your body – magnesium, zinc and chromium are important for insulin function. Deficiency of these minerals is very common because most soils are depleted; therefore most foods are not a rich source of these nutrients. Chromium helps to stabilize your blood sugar level; therefore people who are deficient in chromium are more likely to suffer with hypoglycaemia. They are also more likely to experience overwhelming sugar cravings. Chromium, magnesium and zinc are found in Glicemic Balance capsules. These capsules also contain the herbs gymnema and bitter melon, which support the health of the pancreas in diabetics. If there is a lot of stress in your life and you eat sugar rich foods as a way of coping with stress, you would benefit from a higher dose of magnesium, such as in Magnesium Ultra Potent powder.
- A diet high in carbohydrates. Whenever you eat carbohydrate rich foods, your body digests them into sugar (mostly glucose and fructose). Your pancreas then releases insulin, to help transport the sugar into your cells, where it can be burned for energy. The human body doesn’t have a large capacity to store carbohydrate; therefore excess carbohydrate you’ve consumed is mostly converted into body fat. Most people eat a lot more carbohydrate than their body requires because they are not physically active enough to burn it off. There is a lower carbohydrate eating plan in my syndrome X book that teaches you to be less reliant on bread, pasta, breakfast cereals and other grain based foods.
- Lack of exercise. Exercising regularly is a wonderful day to reduce the risk of insulin resistance (syndrome X). It helps to prevent your blood sugar from getting too high, and this is especially important for diabetics. Any exercise that helps your muscles to grow larger helps to increase your capacity to store carbohydrate (as glycogen). That means less of the carbohydrate you’ve eaten will be stored as body fat.
- Certain medications. There are some medications that increase the risk of weight gain, mainly because they either promote syndrome X or they impair the health of your liver. Some examples include steroids, some forms of hormonal contraceptives, some antidepressants, some drugs used for diabetes and some anti psychotics. It is important to keep taking any medication your doctor has prescribed for you. It just means that in some instances it may take longer to achieve a healthy weight. Many medications place a strain on the liver, leaving it less able to burn fat efficiently. A good liver tonic such as Livatone Plus can help.
- Hormonal imbalances such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This is an extremely common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age. It can cause infrequent menstruation, or cause menstruation to cease altogether. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome typically experience the symptoms of too many male hormones, such as acne, greasy skin, scalp hair loss and increased facial hair. Polycystic ovarian syndrome also promotes abdominal weight gain, and makes weight loss extremely difficult. To effectively treat PCOS, we must address insulin resistance (syndrome X). In addition to the recommendations already mentioned above, women with PCOS greatly benefit from natural progesterone cream. It helps to re-establish a normal menstrual cycle and reduces the side effects of PCOS. Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common too and you should ask your doctor for a vitamin D blood test. Many of our patients require 5000 IU of vitamin D per day to achieve optimum blood levels.
Unless you get your insulin levels down into the normal range it is scientifically and physiologically impossible to burn fat. The recommendations above will help the insulin in your body to work better and make the cells of your body more sensitive to insulin. This means your pancreas does not have to make so much insulin and your insulin level will come down naturally.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.