No matter how young we are, unless we address insulin resistance and become insulin sensitive, our waistlines will grow
The critical role of insulin resistance on fat loss and decreasing the waistline
Do you want to shrink the size of your waistline and gain a defined body? Are you a lazy or hardworking person? The second one is not a tricky question. I ask this question because different solutions address insulin resistance based on our personality and lifestyle.
If you prefer a slow flow in your daily life without putting much effort, there are practical solutions to become insulin sensitive and shrink your waistline. If you like a day full of physical activities, you also have a great solution.
Losing fat is not easy. Belly fat is extra obstinate. The body makes every effort to preserve its valuable energy, which might be needed for famine times. It always prefers to use easily accessible power, which is glucose. If we have enough glucose for energy, the body will not touch the stored body fat. Awareness of this simple fact is critical to lose body fat and have optimal physic.
The body developed this survival system to protect us from food scarcity during famines. But we live in a modern world with no more famines even though some countries still face food scarcity. Nevertheless, in developed countries, we still keep this ancient system and need to adapt it to the requirements of the modern world.
In this article, without going into theoretical details and scientific studies, I briefly introduce the impact of insulin resistance and sensitivity for effective fat loss and provide three practical tips that we can consider in designing our lifestyles.
The Importance of Insulin Resistance for Metabolism
As I discussed in an article about metabolic syndrome, our metabolism’s flexibility and inflexibility determine our health and fitness quality. Scientific studies indicate that significant diseases such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and even cancer relate to disruption of metabolism. We learned that metabolic issues were the causes of several diseases shortening our lives.
Metabolism is a cellular process. This process includes chemical reactions converting food to energy. Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins from food turn into energy using enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. We measure metabolic energy in the form of calories. Excessive and unused calories turn into body fat.
One of the significant causes of fat gain is a condition known as insulin resistance. Like many thought leaders and practitioners, I characterize insulin resistance as the elephant in the room as I explained the reasons in this article.
Our bloodstream can handle small amounts of glucose at a time. When the glucose volume passes the threshold, as the body perceives the glucose as toxic, it eliminates it quickly using insulin. Insulin hormone distributes the blood glucose to various cells. Insulin resistance happens when cells stop responding to signals of insulin. To cope with the excessive glucose in the bloodstream and the glycogen, the pancreas creates more insulin. Then we may experience hyperinsulinemia.
The adverse effects of insulin resistance are significant. It is a direct or indirect cause and symptom of many metabolic conditions as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and even connection with some types of cancers. Health is all about homeostasis of our metabolic factors.
I read hundreds of papers on insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular-metabolic abnormalities informing the impact and implications of these conditions. I cited most of those papers in previous articles, so I don’t repeat them in this post.
In short, to lose belly fat, we need to address the insulin resistance problem and find effective ways to remain insulin sensitive. Our waistline is an indicator of insulin resistance or sensitivity. Interestingly, our waistline is also associated with longevity. As mentioned in this article, “Wider Waistline May Mean Shorter Lifespan”.
Here are the three practical tips that you may consider in losing body fat and shrinking your waistline to your desired measures. They require simple lifestyle decisions.
The secret in my fat loss journey was gaining insulin sensitivity, gaining a fat-adapted state, autophagy, effective stress management, and strengthening my mitochondria. Therefore, I am adamant about passing along these critical messages to my readers. Intentionally, my articles are not just theories. Instead, they are based on hard-learned lessons.
Thank you for reading my perspectives. I hope my experience, observations, and reviews can inspire you to tackle the insulin resistance problem. I wish you a healthy and happy life.
Please note that this story is not health advice. I shared my reviews, observations, and perspectives for information purposes only. If you have insulin resistance or metabolic disease symptoms, please consult your healthcare professionals.
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