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The Role Of Insulin In Weight Gain

As you go about your fat loss diet plan, one important hormone that you need to be mindful about and understand the effects of is insulin.  When most people hear the word ‘insulin’, the most common thought that comes to their mind is diabetes as this is a condition which is heavily related to the insulin levels in the body.

But, insulin is present in all of us and this hormone just happens to have a large influence on the results that you see with your diet to lose belly fat, so it’s one that you cannot overlook.

Let’s give you the necessary information needed to ensure you’re doing everything you can to promote proper insulin levels.

The Function Of Insulin
Insulin in weight GainThe first thing to note is the role of insulin in the body.  This hormone is going to be released in the body any time you consume carbohydrate rich foods, with its primary function being to take up any excess glucose in the blood and transport these glucose molecules to storage.

If you’ve just completed a hard workout session, the insulin will likely shuttle the glucose off to the muscle cells where it can be stored as muscle glycogen for future energy during your next workout.

If you haven’t just finished a workout session however, then insulin will shuttle the excess glucose off to the fat stores, where it will be stored as – you guessed it, body fat.

How much insulin is released into the body is heavily dependant on how many carbohydrates you consume (the more consumed, the more insulin release you’ll experience) as well as the form of carbs you ate.

If you eat very simple carbohydrates which tend to increase the blood sugar levels rapidly, you’re going to get a heavy flood of insulin to take care of this rapid spike and return your blood sugar back to normal.

If you eat slower digesting carbohydrates, you won’t experience the huge blood sugar spike as they’ll break down slower, releasing glucose over a longer period of time, thus insulin levels will be controlled better.

The more insulin that is released, the greater the chances that the carbohydrates you consumed will get shuttled into the body fat stores, therefore choosing your form and volume of carbohydrates consumed is imperative to fat loss success.

Keeping Insulin Stable
So how can you keep insulin stable? In order to prevent the accumulation of body fat you want to keep insulin at an even level all day long so that you’re never experiencing dramatic blood sugar lows (as it quickly snatches up the glucose from the blood) and never suffering from body fat gain.

The best way to do this is to consume a diet rich in complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, fruits, and vegetables.  If you focus on these carbohydrate sources and only consume about 100-200 calories of them per day while pairing them with a protein, which will slow the digestion even further, you won’t ever have abnormally high insulin levels that encourage fat gain.

Insulin is one factor that many people don’t even think about with their diet plan, but one that will influence your results. Now that you know all the necessary information about this hormone, it’s time to take action and design your diet so that you are experiencing maximum insulin control. If you do, belly fat loss can be yours.

 

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