Insulin resistance – does your body hold on to fat?
If you’re experiencing other symptoms such as poor sleep, problems with cholesterol, brain fog and inability to focus, sleepiness after meals, poor skin, hypertension, or cravings – all can be signs of insulin resistance and could be preventing you from achieving your ideal body.
This is equally good for those who have never been serious about health before and also for those who have been serious for a while now and want to be better and take your body to the next level.
What is insulin sensitivity and what can you do about it?
One of the most important health goals you should have in mind is to improve your insulin sensitivity. So what is insulin sensitivity? First, let’s discuss insulin and its function. Insulin is a storage hormone. After you eat, your body converts the carbohydrates of that meal into glucose. This glucose enters the bloodstream and is used by all the cells of your body.
Insulin is the hormone that stores the extra glucose that your body doesn’t use. Your body has a limited capacity to store this extra glucose (also known as glycogen). A typical male can store around 500 grams of glycogen and females around 300 grams. When your body can no longer store anymore, the excess glucose is taken up by insulin and stored as fat.
Insulin sensitivity has to do with how well your cells respond to insulin. People that are highly insulin sensitive require very little insulin to store carbohydrates. Therefore, people that are insulin resistant (type II diabetics), need larger amounts of insulin to move those carbohydrates around the body.
What this means is that when your insulin sensitivity is high, you are able to eat carbohydrates without such a large rise in insulin. When insulin is kept low enough, fatty acids can still be released. However, once insulin gets too high, fat loss comes to a halt. People that have bombarded their bodies with high glycemic carbohydrates and processed foods over their lifetimes have become somewhat resistant to the effects of insulin. Therefore, when they eat carbohydrates, it causes a larger release of insulin. This inhibits the release of fatty acids.
Bottom line: Higher insulin levels = more fat storage.
In my nutrition consulting practice I specialise in helping men and women with stubborn weight to lose, so therefore I attract a lot of clients with this type of problem.
Moderate and frequent exercise allows your backup tanks of stored sugar to deplete.