Understanding the role of hormones in the fat burning process
How does the fat burning process work? It is through a process of lipolysis that fat is broken down and released from the cell. The released fat is transported through the bloodstream. To be burned as energy, it needs to enter a muscle cell. If it does not, it can be restored as fat.
Fat is influenced by intake and hormones. According to CMAG Winter 2016, stubborn fat is most influenced by hormones rather than caloric intake.
Insulin is a hormone responsible for regulating blood glucose levels as part of metabolism. It is made by the pancreas to allow your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. Endocrine web describes how the cells in your body need sugar for energy. Sugar cannot go into most of our cells directly, so after eating food, our blood sugar level rises, cells in our pancreas (known as beta cells) are signaled to release insulin into your bloodstream. Insulin then attaches to and signals cells to absorb sugar from the bloodstream. Insulin is often described as a “key,” which unlocks the cell to allow sugar to enter the cell and be used for energy.
Insulin resistance occurs when insulin levels are sufficiently high over a prolonged period of time causing the body’s own sensitivity to the hormone to be reduced. Once the body becomes resistant to insulin, it can be a difficult process to reverse because the knock on effect of insulin resistance. Higher circulating levels of insulin in the blood stream and weight gain help to further advance insulin resistance. The beta cells can no longer produce enough insulin to overcome insulin resistance, causing blood glucose levels to rise above the normal
I was overweight and diagnosed by my doctor with extremely high sugar in 2012.
If I had not taken steps to stimulate the correct hormones to safely and rapidly lose weight, I would have continued my downward spiral of obesity and declining health, adding diabetes to high cholesterol and high blood pressure, for which I was already being treated. But no more, I have transformed my body thanks to an eating program individualised for my body.