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Posted on Feb 6, 2019

Dr Nikki Fisicaro

Insulin

Every time we eat, especially a high carb food, our blood sugar levels rise. In response to this, the hormone insulin is released by the pancreas. Insulin tells our muscle and organ cells to take up the glucose (sugar) from our blood and use it for fuel. It also tells our fat cells to store fuel (fat) for later use. As long as insulin levels remain high, fat cells stay in fat storage mode and the other cells will burn glucose preferentially (and not fat) for energy.

So if you want your body to burn it’s own fat for energy you don’t need to restrict calories, rather you need to drive insulin levels down. How do you do this? By avoiding foods that cause high surges of insulin (you guessed it…carbohydrates!)

Another way to reduce insulin is to limit the frequency of insulin spikes throughout the day by intermittent fasting.

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