Wednesday, May 23, 2012

#1 Weight Loss Secret! Revealed!

In the quest to find health and win the battle of the bulge, I often see people looking for a quick and easy fix. “Take this pill and you’ll lose twenty pounds!” You know that magic “diet” pill that melts the pounds away while you continue eating Big Mac’s and French fries. Unfortunately there isn't one and if your favorite vegetable is a French fry, there’s a pretty good chance that "magic" isn’t going to work for you either. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet, so with this too, you will have to put in some time and effort to win the battle. 

That being said, there are a few secrets to weight loss and here today I am going to share with you the #1 weight loss secret. Now this is not something you can buy in a store, no secret plant you suck on three times a day, nope not a magnetic bracelet to align your noggin or special oil you rub behind your ear, just some basic science of how the body works in relation to what you eat. 

Okay enough all ready………… Here it is………. The #1 weight loss secret:……. When insulin is present in your blood stream your body is not burning fat, so you’re not losing weight! You're probably going, WHAT? Let me explain, when you eat anything (sugar) that causes your blood glucose to spike, your body will release insulin into your blood in order to regulate your blood glucose levels - which should remain between 70 to 100 milligrams per deciliter. Insulin is a hormone which moves glucose (sugar) from the blood into the muscles and fat cells for storage. STOP, that’s important, let me say it again. Insulin is a hormone which moves glucose (sugar) from the blood into the muscles and fat cells for storageDuring this time of insulin presence, you will not be burning fat for energy. To make matters worse if all of your sugar (glycogen) stores are filled in your liver and muscles, you will most likely start storing the excess sugar (starch) you ate as body fat. In order to visualize this relationship better, take a look at the graph below. 

In this graph, we can see how insulin reacts to an increase in blood glucose levels. After eating a big meal, blood glucose levels increase rapidly. Once the body detects these elevated blood glucose levels it releases insulin. You can see that blood glucose levels peak and then fall off and insulin does the same, however insulin levels peak later than blood glucose. It is in the peaks when your system converts the excess blood sugar into fat reserves.
Once blood glucose levels reach normal again, you can see that it takes insulin a little bit longer to reach normal again. It is this lag time in normalization of insulin levels which gives us those sugar cravings. This is because blood sugar levels are normal but we still have insulin present in the blood and that insulin needs something to do – without sugar to store it gets bored! So it has the effect of asking the body for more sugar.
So the question begs, how do we use this information to our advantage????? We have to learn how to control the insulin response in our bodies in relation to the food we eat. Recent studies and research tell us that by leveling off the peaks and valleys in insulin during the day you will be able to exit that “hunger rollercoaster”, stop the cravings, and have a much easier time of managing weight loss. How do we do this?????? Take a look at the graph below. Notice a difference? 

By tradition, we tend to have 3 meals each day (with some snacks in between.) This process induces the hunger rollercoaster, causes cravings, and promotes weight gain. By spreading our nutrition out over six meals (or mini-meals), we better manage blood sugar and insulin levels, minimize fat storage, promote weight loss, minimize hunger and cravings, and have increased energy.

Ideally, you should include carbohydrates, fats and protein in each of the six meals throughout the day. Fat and protein will slow down the release of insulin, further leveling the peaks. Also, carbohydrates that have a higher fiber content do not cause as large an insulin response as those which contain less fiber

 As some of you may know, I have been on a health and wellness program that utilizes the #1 weight loss secret, and I have lost a total of 110 pounds. Here are a few more success stories of people doing the same program. Enjoy! 

Diane - I lost 90 lbs in 9 months. A friend posted a horrible picture of me on facebook and that was my AH-HA moment. My cousin was a health coach and had been trying to convince me to get started for almost a year, but that picture did it. I started the program a little over a week later and the rest is history. No more meds for Type II diabetes, no more Cpap machine, no more constant sweating. I also got my husband and 12 year old daughter on the plan and between the 3 of us we have lost 145 lbs!

It is amazing how fast my weight melted away. And I'm not perfect when it comes to these things, I went off program two times for a few days when holidays got a bit tough for me, but I got right back on program and kept going and sure enough I'm almost to my goal weight and feeling strong. I still have 13 pounds to lose to reach my goal of 132, BMI of 22.

(Don & Rachel) a total of 120 lbs less. Yay!


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Sweet Polly Purebred said...

Chris, congratulations on the weight loss!

Lisa said...

Do you recommend that people eat when they're not hungry just so that their blood sugar stays stable?
I guess what would be more ideal is for someone to learn how much food they need at each one of those 6 meals so that they're not too hungry, yet not too full for the next meal.

Chris & Stephanie said...

Hi @Lisa! Sorry, I missed responding to your awesome question! Let me give it a go:

1. Yes, you should be fueling your metabolism (and keeping your blood sugar pump level) every 3 hours - even if you're not really hungry. It will keep things stable and help you to make better food choices.

2. It is absolutely VITAL to know HOW to properly fuel your body. In his books, Habits of Health, Dr. Wayne Andersen talks about the importance of balancing your proteins and carbs (with healthy choices of course). Lean protein is the building block for muscle tissue and helps counteract the carbohydrates, so they don't spike your blood sugar.