Healthiness equals freedom. Most Americans are categorized as overweight. Our society has embraced a high fat and low fiber diet. When combined with low exercise levels, you have the leading cause of obesity in this country.
I doubt many of you just took a step back when reading this, as it has all but become common knowledge. Every day we are bombarded with constant ads about how to lose fat, but did you know that our bodies already know how? The food we eat is converted into glucose, which is a simple sugar that the cells of our body use for fuel.
Whether it is a muscle, brain or heart cell, they all feed on glucose. As glucose moves through our bloodstream, the Pancreas produces a hormone called insulin, which is the gatekeeper of our cells. It allows the door to the cell to be opened so that glucose can be used, and without it our cells cannot be fed.
What if we eat more than we need? Along with the other types of cells we also have fat cells. Our cells never eat more than they need, so when there is extra glucose not consumed by the other cells the extra glucose is stored in our fat cells in the form of free fatty acids. Once the excess glucose is out of our blood stream, the insulin closes the door to our cells and leaves the body.
When our body needs more energy and we do not consume food the body turns to the fat cells. The stored free fatty acids leave our fat cells and enter the bloodstream to feed all our other cells. They do not need insulin to open the doors and this is why they are referred to as free fatty acids. This natural process of storing excess glucose and burning it when there is not enough available is how your body was designed to work. And in a perfect world, eating a perfect diet, everything works perfectly.
Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world and most of us do not even come close to eating a perfect diet. As a result, we do not benefit from this natural process. Instead we suffer from it, by storing too much fat and rarely, if ever, burning it.
Let us take a look at an average person’s daily food consumption. Most of us start with a breakfast high in sugar and processed foods. The body converts this type of food to glucose quickly. Our pancreas senses this and responds by pumping out the insulin. The insulin does its job and the doors to the cells are opened and glucose is burned and excess stored in our fat cells. This process happens relatively quickly. Once insulin arrives, the glucose is removed from the equation fast, but the insulin in the bloodstream takes much longer to leave the body.
Why is this a problem you might ask? The issue is that free fatty acids, or the fat stored in our bodies, cannot be released for cell consumption until the insulin has left the bloodstream. So on come the cravings and irritability, and we eat. Thus our glucose levels spike right back up and even more insulin is released to combat the new levels. The doors to our cells are opened and they are fed and excess glucose again is stored in our fat cells. So with this consistent insulin bath going on we continue to add to our fat cells without taking anything out. Over time, this consistent insulin bath ages us faster and many of us develop type two diabetes.
Is there a solution? Yes! Of course, increasing exercise and eating better are the place to start. However, you must return your body to the natural weight loss system that it was intended to have. It is recommended to find a product that has blends of fiber that will help the insulin level mirror the glucose levels in your body. With them leaving the body together, our body is able to start the release of the free fatty acids thus entering fat burning zones, and achieving natural weight loss!
Additionally there are several things you can do to improve your natural weight loss. First, eat a high protein breakfast. Secondly, eat three well-balanced meals a day. Third, you should space meals out appropriately, keep at least 4 hours between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner and 12 hours between dinner and next breakfast. Fourth, increase your physical activity. And fifth, decrease junk food. Completing these steps and combined with an appropriate fiber product, you will be well on your way to and sustaining a Natural Weight Loss system.
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