In my last post I mentioned that I have been doing a lot of reading about insulin and how it affects your ability to lose weight.
Here’s a little disclaimer: I am not a doctor, scientist or other health professional and I don’t play one on tv either. I’m just here to share some of the things that I’ve been reading and that have learned while trying to become healthier. Please do some learning on your own if you plan to make changes to your diet – including seeing a doctor first.
It is a commonly held belief that if you eat more food than your body can use, you will gain fat. While this theory makes sense, it’s not entirely true. There are other factors at play in the science of weight loss…. HORMONES. That’s right, the hormones insulin and ghrelin are the two main hormones that regulate fat storage.
Think about someone who suffers with type 1 diabetes. Their body does not make enough insulin. They are usually thin and when their diabetes goes untreated they lose weight. Someone with type 2 diabetes suffers from insulin resistance and their bodies make more insulin than would normally be necessary – type 2 diabetics are usually over weight.
From what I’ve read, this isn’t just a coincidence, there is causation between the amount of insulin produced by your body and your body weight.
Interestingly, most foods (except fat) create an insulin response in your body.
Fat is NOT making you fat. Sugar and carbohydrates are making you fat.
Let’s pause for a moment to let that sink in…..
I was so shocked when I first heard this that I couldn’t quite believe it. I won’t be hurt if you don’t believe me either for that matter. You and I have been taught for so long and we’ve heard it from so many trusted people, that fat is our enemy.
You’ve heard the recommendations before, “Switch that out for low fat ice cream, low fat yogurt, low fat milk, fat free popcorn, fat free EVERYTHING…”
It’s like that twist in a movie where all of a sudden you find out “WHOA! THAT guy is the BAD guy. I thought this other one was the bad guy and now the one I thought was good all along is really bad…” Head. Is. Spinning.
But now we know that fat is our friend. There are actually lots of studies to support that good “healthy” fats like olive oil, avocado oil, ghee, etc. really are good for you. They help with brain function, help you feel full after a meal and with other functions of you cells.
More on insulin, sugar and their role in weight in another post.
What are some ways that you could increase the amount of healthy fat in your diet?