The Fat Melting Hormone That Makes the Amino Diet So Effective
Our bodies need hormones to tell each of our 50 to 75 trillion cells within our bodies how to correctly perform their necessary tasks. With so many cells performing so many different tasks, our endocrine system must work like a traffic cop to control all of them. It does so by secreting hormones, which act as a chemical messenger and communicate the roles of the hormones to the receptive organs and tissues. As we continue to make poor food choices, our bodies’ traffic cop becomes less efficient at telling these hormones how they need to act. As a result, our hormones run amuck and cause us to gain weight, while impairing our overall health.
Although there are hormones to control almost every system in the body, there are two main hormones that control our weight; insulin and glucagon. Insulin and glucagon are polar opposites. In short, it suffices to say that insulin stores fat and glucagon utilizes fat. But lets get a little more technical than that.
Insulin: When we think of weight gain, we often think of insulin as being responsible. Insulin is a hormone that plays a critical role in the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, including sugar. It causes cells to take glucose from the blood in order to store it as glycogen, a secondary energy source that is stored in fatty tissues. Our bodies all need insulin in order to properly metabolize the foods we consume and turn it into energy. However, as we continue to eat the standard American diet and make poor food choices, insulin levels become dangerously high. When blood sugar levels get too high, it can be toxic if insulin is not produced and released into the blood system. The pancreas begins to work overtime in order to produce enough insulin to transport the excessive amounts of sugar out of the blood and into the cells. The cells begin to be overloaded and are forced to divide, creating more fat cells. Poor eating habits eventually lead to obesity, mid-section fat (primarily in the stomach, butt and thighs), insulin resistance and ultimately type 2 diabetes. When insulin levels are high, glucagon levels are typically low.
Glucagon: Glucagon is a hormone that is secreted by the pancreas and raises blood glucose levels. Glucagon causes the liver to convert stored glycogen into glucose, which is then released into the blood stream. In other words, glucagon uses stored body fat for energy.
So, the key to healthy weight loss is to control blood sugar levels. Eating low glycemic foods throughout the day allows insulin levels to normalize, while glucagon levels begin to increase, resulting in fat being used for energy. Glucagon and insulin are therefore part of homeostatic mechanism that is needed to maintain ideal blood sugar levels.
As with most hormones, certain factors such as diet and exercise can affect the rate at which glucagon is produced, just as it can affect the rates at which insulin and leptin are produced. Well balanced, low glycemic diets will increase the production of glucagon. The Standard American Diet (high in carbohydrates and sugars) inhibits glucagon by causing an increase in insulin production. This ultimately leads to insulin resistance, where you have an overabundance of insulin produced in the pancreas which causes an imbalance of glucagon and insulin levels. Once the pancreas in no longer able to compensate (or overcompensate) for the insulin that we are no longer producing in the liver, type 2 diabetes will be the end result. The standard American diet almost always leads to weight gain and additional health problems.
In order to avoid insulin resistance, diabetes or obesity, we should make certain we are regulating our blood sugar levels. The Amino Diet is a low glycemic diet that is designed specifically to help regulate your blood sugar levels throughout the day. This is accomplished by eating 5 low glycemic meals each day. Eating fast food, processed food or foods high in sugar will cause your blood sugar to rise. Waiting long periods without food will cause your blood sugar to drop. Both high and low blood sugar will cause the body to store fat. The Amino Diet teaches you to eat a well balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner and to have high protein snacks in between meals. While protein will not affect our insulin production, it will most certainly help get our glucagon produced in optimal levels. Low glycemic foods include lean meat, Omega-3 fatty acids, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
Following the Amino Diet will help balance the production of glucagon and insulin, rid the body of excess fat and help prevent obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. To get started on the Amino Diet call 1-800-980-7208 or visit www.liquidaminodiet.com