👉No hormone gets blamed for bodyweight woes more than insulin.
Highly important, and even more highly misunderstood, insulin is a hormone that performs a lot of different functions in all parts of the body—from the brain to muscle tissue. 👈
Insulin is an anabolic hormone, which means that it helps build other structures in the body. Its most famous function is regulating blood sugar levels. --
To keep this aggressively simple: when you eat too much food, insulin sends the signal to store the extra glucose as glycogen.
However, if your muscles and liver can’t carry anymore glycogen, insulin will store those sugars as fat. This process is a big reason why people associate the word “sugar” with “makes me chubby” and accuse insulin of causing obesity. 🤔
And that’s not entirely wrong. If insulin signaling gets disrupted or overtaxed—such as by years of sedentary living while eating too much food—it can lead to big problems for both body composition and health. --
When you become insulin resistant (as in type 2 diabetes) your body’s ability to regulate energy balance is compromised, and the simplicity of “calories-in vs calories-out” gets complicated. 😣
But, unless you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, insulin shouldn’t be your boogeyman.
For the rest of us, simply exercising 💪 (which has a strong, positive effect on insulin resistance) and watching what we eat is more than enough to keep insulin from hurting your goals. As long as you’re not sedentary and eating in an uncontrolled surplus for many years, eating carbs isn’t going to make you diabetic, and insulin isn’t out to stop you from losing weight. 🤓
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