The world of medical and natural remedies seem to be nearly enemies. Medical doctors are threatened by the bodies ability to heal itself, especially with the aid of nutrition, herbs and supplements. They lose money when people heal themselves naturally.
I love that this author was a medical doctor first and discovered something natural while tending to his patients. Instead of throwing it out because he couldn't make money off his new theory, he cared enough about you and I to look into it, prove it and write a book about it. I respect that a lot.
That being said, I've been very excited to share what he has taught me with you. I read this book, and although I know you will benefit more from reading it, I'll give you the general idea.
Fat Storage and Insulin
Fat storage is our built in pantry that allows us to survive under dire circumstances. On fat cells there is a “switch” that determines whether fat flows in or out. Insulin regulates the “switch”.
After eating, insulin puts your body in fat storage mode to store it for later use. As insulin falls, the cells switch to fat burning mode and our body uses the fat for energy between meals.
Because of the food we eat, we are stuck in persistent fat storing mode. When insulin levels remain elevated, our body can't use the fat in the fat cells so we have to eat again for more energy. That is what he calls 'sticky' fat cells – they get stuck in fat storing mode, and keep getting bigger and bigger.
Insulin has two roles. It also regulates blood sugar – glucose. The more glucose that enters the blood, the more insulin is required to regulate it. Refined carbohydrates require excessive amounts of insulin. Unfortunately, while your body is trying to process the glucose, it is also keeping your fat cells from releasing fat to be used as energy.
In a nut shell...
More carbs = higher insulin. High insulin = locked fat cells. Locked fat cells (internal energy source) = requiring an external energy source (more food).
The problem - we eat too many carbs, the wrong kinds of carbs and our body can't use the energy (fat) it stored.
The good news - without the presence of insulin, your body cannot store fat.
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