Actually, before I answer that question, let me fill you in on a few details. I’ll keep it short. Back in 2005 I was at my heaviest weight – 245 lbs., to be exact. Yes, I was obese, but not the typical type of obese person you see on TV.
You see, I was athletic and played three different sports when I was younger since age four all the way up until high school. This meant that I ate a lot of protein and healthy foods. However, right before high school started – I noticed something different about myself.
I noticed my belly getting bigger. I didn’t understand what was happening so I went to the doctor’s office to get it checked out. They told me what was making my belly stick out like that: weight gain.
My body fat percentage was increasing… rapidly. I remember when the doctor told me how much it had increased over the span of a few months; it was shocking to hear. The worst part for me, however, was that I did nothing different to change what my body looked like – not even my diet!
The reason why my body was changing had to do with a hormone called insulin. Now here’s the thing: most people don’t consider how much their insulin levels affect their weight and overall health – and if they do, they don’t really know why this happens.
So what is insulin? Well the easiest way to understand insulin is by comparing it to a key. Insulin is the key to your cells. What I mean by this is, insulin unlocks your body’s cells so that they can be accessed for energy (food).
Now here’s the kicker: if you have too much or too little insulin, then problems arise. This goes back to how my doctor explained what was happening with me – my fast weight gain had to do with having too much insulin in my body.
I know, I know – you think that eating more always makes you gain weight, but this isn’t the case with insulin. If you eat more food, then your cells become activated for energy and don’t need to use up the excess sugar in your blood stream (your blood sugar).
This is where insulin comes back into play. Insulin helps your body access the excess sugar in your blood stream (blood sugar) that it has stored for later use. The problem with this, however, is that everyone – I mean everyone – has a limited amount of space to store food energy as fat.
So what happens when too much food energy is stored as fat? You gain weight. And this, my friends, is why the majority of Americans are overweight and unhealthy. They don’t know how to properly control their insulin levels (key).
So what do we do about it? The answer: exercise and dieting. While exercising can allow you to use your body’s excess energy, dieting will allow you to keep insulin levels under control.
So, if you’re trying to lose weight, eat more – but make sure you do it right (which I’ll talk about later).
By now, most people know how important it is to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet. But what they don’t know is how important it is to control insulin levels in order to lose weight and be healthy.
Here’s the dirty truth: if you want to stay slim, fit, and energetic – then you have to control your insulin.
One quick warning before I explain exactly what controlling insulin means for your health: insulin isn’t just about losing weight. You can’t just eat less and expect to lose weight – insulin controls much more than your waistline alone!
Controlling insulin means that you create a balance within your body between exercise, food intake, and insulin levels. Always keep in mind: you need exercise and dieting for energy and losing weight, and you need insulin to access your body’s energy.
So what do you do? You create a balance between the two. Let me give you an example: If you’re trying to slim down and want to lose weight, then exercise and control your diet so that you don’t overeat and store excess food as fat (which will happen if insulin levels aren’t controlled).
I know what you’re thinking: “But I always exercise!” This might be so, but without controlling your insulin levels (key), you won’t lose weight. And to do this, you need to make sure that your diet is healthy and balanced. Don’t eat too much food – because if your cells are activated for energy (from exercising), then there won’t be any need to access your stored food energy.
Here’s the deal: when you eat, your blood sugar levels rise; when you exercise, they fall. If blood sugar levels are high (from eating too much food), then insulin stores the extra energy (food) in case it is needed later on. But if blood sugar levels are low (from exercise), then insulin unlocks you cells so that they can be accessed for energy.
So what happens when there’s a healthy balance of high and low blood sugar? You get a perfectly activated body! This is why it’s important to eat right and exercise regularly – so that your cells are always activated for energy when they need it.
In the end, controlling insulin does more than just help you lose weight and stay healthy – it helps your body and mind work better! So make sure to eat right and exercise regularly (key) in order to get the most out of life…and don’t forget to control your insulin levels (key).
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