In a previous post, the positive and negative sides of the insulin hormone were discussed.
Here’s a quick recap.
Insulin plays a positive role in the body when properly regulated.
It removes blood sugar from the bloodstream and delivers glucose and amino acids into the cells.
However, when high glycemic, refined carbohydrates are consumed in excess, the body can quickly experience an insulin hormonal imbalance that can release a fat storing enzyme called LPL.
The LPL enzyme literally turns your body into a FAT STORING machine.
Now lets talk about the antagonist hormone to insulin, called glucagon.
The glucagon hormone helps prevent low blood sugar levels and helps keep energy levels balanced.
Similar to the leptin hormone, glucagon is also considered a hormone that can turn off hunger as the secretion of glucagon can reduce the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin, and signal to the body the feeling of being full.
Glucagon is also called the insulin antagonist because when glucagon rises, insulin decreases.
They’re essentially the yin and yang of blood sugar management.
When glucagon is released, it produces a fat burning enzyme called HSL.
Differing from the fat storing LPL enzyme which is released by insulin imbalances, the HSL enzyme can turn your body into a FAT BURNING machine.
In other words, the secretion of the glucagon hormone can initiate fat burning rather than fat storing.
By keeping both insulin and glucagon in balance, your fat cells will deflate and your body will maintain its role in burning fat for energy rather than storing it.
Remember, excessive insulin production, typically from the overconsumption of carbohydrates, especially refined carbohydrates, sets the stage for fat gain.
A balanced production of glucagon sets the stage for fat loss.
This is just another reason to reduce refined sugary foods and focus more of your carbohydrate intake on complex, lower glycemic, carbohydrates.
Excessive, multiple hour cardio sessions are out.
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