| November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

The primary hormone controlling how much fat you store is insulin. How much insulin you produce is determined by:

  1. The intensity of sweet–Sweet taste causes your pancreas to produce insulin, regardless of whether a food/drink has calories. “Diet” food and drinks sweetened with aspartame, Splenda, acesulfame, saccharine, etc. all cause you to produce more insulin. The synthetic high fructose corn syrup used to sweeten most foods/drinks is sweeter than table sugar derived from corn and beets. You will see more of an effect the more your body is wired with insulin receptors. A person with a high insulin receptor count will put on more weight given the same calories as a person with a lower insulin receptor count. Women will usually have higher insulin receptor density as it’s critical that women are able to store fat for 2, at least.
  2. The rate of rise of your blood sugar–How fast a food turns to sugar in your blood stream is predicted by what is called the “Glycemic Index”. Table sugar is arbitrarily given a score of 100. White flour (breads, buns, muffins, bagels, pastries, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, etc.) has a higher glycemic index than sugar. There are several websites that list glycemic indexes of foods. The glycemic index can be modified by combining high glycemic foods with those that are low. The glycemic index of an entire meal is called the “Glycemic Load”. The BALi Eating Plan points you to foods with a low glycemic index.
  3. How long your blood sugar stays elevated–Two hormones work together like Lucy and Ethyl in the chocolate factory to remove sugar from your blood stream into cells to burn for energy. One is insulin. The other is thyroid hormone. With age and pregnancies, thyroid levels decline. Less Lucy means Ethyl has to work harder. With age and pregnancies, you have to produce more insulin in order to compensate for decreasing thyroid levels. You’ll notice this as an increased waistline with age and pregnancies. It’s not beer, it’s wheat, corn and rice.
  4. Senses other than taste–Remember, your brain does not understand the difference between reality and fantasy. Just as a scary movie can make you produce adrenaline, the sight and smell of food can make you produce insulin. If you’re trying to lose weight, the “Food Channel” is not your friend. It’s “cornography”.




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Category: Blood Sugar, Food Health, General Health, Weight Management

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