Getting Fat With Sugar

The Master Hormone & Fat

In the last 10 years, science has discovered a new hormone that plays a big role in weight regulation – Leptin. Leptin exists in fat cells. Its job is to tell your brain that you’re full. For so many of us, the signal isn’t working. We have become leptin resistant.

Only recently have we discovered why this happens. In a word: Insulin. We’ll come back to leptin in a minute. First, let’s talk about Insulin. Insulin is a master hormone.

Its levels are a signal to many other hormones and functions. Insulin’s job is to convert blood sugar to body fat. Let’s say a diabetic has high blood sugar of about 300 (100 is normal). You give them a shot of insulin, and their blood sugar goes down to 100.

Where did those 200 mg/Dl (milligrams per deciliter) of sugar go? Insulin stored the energy in fat cells, where it is safe. Body fat is a safe place to store extra calories. On the other hand, high blood sugar is dangerous. It’s corrosive. It leads to Type 2 Diabetes, loss of limbs, blindness, kidney failure, fatty liver, and even cancer.

The Leptin Effect

So why isn’t the leptin in your stored fat cells telling your brain that you’re full? This is where the recent science comes in. Turns out that insulin blocks leptin receptors. Have you ever had the sensation of having a full belly and still being hungry? That’s why.

You may also think: that’s fine, but nobody is walking around shooting me up with insulin all day! The fact is, eating a diet high in carbohydrate raises blood sugar which causes the pancreas to secrete more insulin.

Worse, over the years, your insulin becomes less effective. It brings fat to the cells but the cells don’t want it. So it takes more and more insulin to do the job. This is called insulin resistance, and is essentially type 2 Diabetes.

The obvious solution is to reduce the amount of Insulin secreted by your pancreas. You can do that a couple ways. The hard way is to exercise your brains out. You’ve probably tried that. Did it work? Doctors tell you to eat less and exercise more.

Did that work? Clearly, it doesn’t work. The easiest and safest way to reduce the amount of insulin in your body is to reduce your carbohydrate intake.

After only a few days on a well formulated ketogenic diet (low carb, high fat, moderate protein), you will lose cravings for sugar and starches. You will feel better. You will eat less because leptin is able to do its job.

Your blood sugar and insulin will drop to safe levels. This is the way to lose weight, feel good, and stop the progressive train that leads to type 2 diabetes, loss of limbs, blindness, kidney failure, fatty liver, and even cancer.

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