insulin and weight loss
by Laura Zohman MA LDN CHT
Insulin is a hormone secreted by a gland called the pancreas.
This hormone makes it possible for food (in the form of blood
to enter the cells of the body and be converted into energy.
When this mechanism does not function properly, the blood glucose
not converted into energy, it is converted into fat.
DOES INSULIN AFFECT THE DIETER?
Studies have shown that most people who are overweight do not
have a normal insulin-cell-food mechanism. Obesity raises the
of blood insulin. This is a critical factor in weight loss.
It appears that this condition can prevent weight loss and foster
weight gain on small amounts of food.
CAN HIGH INSULIN PREVENT WEIGHT LOSS?
When the insulin level is high, as much as 50% of the food
eaten can be converted into fat. Fat is stored and not metabolized
into energy which is burned off.
CAN FOOD CHOICES STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING?
In order to metabolize fat efficiently, a diet must be designed
to lower blood insulin. One way to do this is to restrict
the intake of simple carbohydrates. This includes WHITE
refined white flour, sugar and all the commercial products
made from these ingredients. This includes cookies, cakes,
goods, ice cream, and packaged or processed foods. Also
included are caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and soft
which also can raise the insulin response as well.
OTHER BENEFITS RESULT FROM EATING WELL?
If dietary sugar is related to heart disease, it may do
its dirty work through insulin. So this type of diet
preventing heart disease, diabetes and "metabolic