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Why Does Insulin Resistance Cause Weight Gain?
Dr. Eric Berg
The pancreas makes insulin, our fat storage hormone. It's also the hormone the pancreas sends out to lower blood sugar when we eat food.
Insulin is a messenger that tells the body to store fat.
The pancreas sends insulin out when we eat certain foods, especially insulin - spiking foods like sweets, bread, sugar, crackers, pasta, bagels, potatoes - basically all starchy foods and lean proteins.
Over time, if we spike insulin too much, our body will stop listening and accepting insulin's efforts to lower blood sugar.
Our body stops listening to insulin. Communication is blocked at a cellular level and the pancreas never gets the message to stop producing more insulin. It thinks you need more insulin to lower this high blood sugar. This is called insulin resistance and if you have it, you'll have 5 to 7 times more insulin in your blood.
Metformin, the medication for Type II diabetes, strives to make our bodies more insulin sensitive by making the insulin receptors more active.
But this isn't half as effective as a no-sugar diet is for reversing insulin resistance and helping you to finally lose that belly fat, lose that all over body fat, and help you achieve the weight you truly want.
If you want to be thin again, you've got to reverse that insulin resistance most of us have developed from years of hidden sugars and starches, refined carbs, snacking, and constant insulin spikes that have caused our bodies to become less insulin sensitive.
So, go off sugars, try to eat no carbohydrate except vegetable carbohydrate, and keep tuned in for more tips on reversing insulin resistance (IR).
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-Dr. Eric Berg