Lose Body Fat or Lose Weight 4

Posted on June 21st, 2010 by Mic in Fitness Model Nutrition Tips

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Hi,

Last post on the lose body fat or lose weight series we looked at the hormones ghrelin and leptin. These two hormones control your hunger and how much you eat.

You saw how they – in a normally functioning body – balance each other out. Which is what they are supposed to do.

Today we look at two others that also balance each other out, depending upon the type of foods you eat.

One of these hormones is insulin, which I am sure you have heard of. The other one is not so well known. It is called glucagon.

Insulin regulates the energy and glucose metabolism in the body.
For our purposes insulin does two things.

First it causes cells in your body, like muscle and fat cells to take up the sugars in the blood and store it. This lowers your blood sugar levels.

The second thing insulin does is it stops the use of fat as an energy source.

The higher the insulin levels the more fat you will gain. You get high insulin levels by eating lots of sugar and starches and processed foods.

This has the dual affect of storing more fat in the body and decreasing any fat burning.

On the other hand you have glucagon, which helps you burn fat and helps your raise your blood glucose levels.

So basically it does just the opposite of insulin. Again this feedback mechanism helps maintain your normal and healthy blood glucose or sugar levels.

Eating more protein helps glucagon do its job more effectively.

That is one of the reasons the high protein diets seem to work so well. At least for awhile.

Problem is that it is a hard diet to maintain. And the first really popular high protein diet (Atkins) was misinterpreted as basically being able to eat anything.

So pizza was okay, even though pizza has hundreds of carbohydrates (starches).

And people started eating more and more food in the mistaken belief that they would burn more fat.

But, you have to look at the science and not the media interpretation – which is almost always wrong. Why? Because they never seem able to give you the whole story.

They just want the sound bite, or the headline, so they find some obscure item in a study and go hog wild over that and only report that rather than the whole story.

Same is true on the web. That is why you have to find an expert, someone you like and who knows his or her stuff and follow them.

One person you can check out is Mike Val. His blog is at:
http://www.valshealthblog.com/fitnesstips

In the meantime, to lose more body fat and lose more weight, cut down on your processed foods and start eating a little more protein and vegetables.

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