Insulin helps your body use and converse food energy in THREE specific ways:
1) It tells your body WHEN to eat.
2) It delivers food ENERGY to wherever the body needs it.
3) It commands the body to SAVE food energy stored in fat cells for a time when no food is available.
Many people produce so much insulin that their bodies are unable to absorb it all. As a result, the excess winds in their bloodstreams. This imbalance leads to a cycle in which they experience overpowering cravings for carbohydrates, such as breads, pastas, snack foods and cakes.
Research show that as many as 75% of overweight people, and 40% of normal-weight people, suffer from a biological imbalance of that specific hormone.
When they eat CARBOHYDRATES (such as pasta, bread, potatoes) the body releases even more insulin... resulting in constant hunger pangs, intense and recurrent cravings for carbohydrates, easy weight gain and difficulty losing weight. (Recognize this?) Click on this link for information on diabetes.
Fortunately, these imbalances can be corrected (the best way is resistance training - explained below)so that you can lose weight and be healthy for the rest of your life, without feeling deprived or struggling to manage your eating patterns and your weight.
Resistance training a better exercise than aerobic training for people with insulin resistance. By exercising certain muscles you increase the blood flow to that muscle, and one of the factors that determines insulin sensitivity is how much blood can get into the cell. By combining a low carbohydrate diet of mostly non-starchy vegetables, with low saturated fat protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and resistance training exercise, you will be able to increase your insulin sensitivity over time. This lifestyle change in diet is the best way to improve your chance of a healthy long life free from the many problems insulin resistance can cause.
Now, let's find out:
ARE YOU A CARBOHYDRATE ADDICT?
Ask yourself the following SIX QUESTIONS:.
The answers to these will help you find out if your body has trouble managing carbohydrates...
1. After eating a full breakfast, do you get hungrier?
2. Do you get tired after eating a large meal?
3. Have you been on diet after diet?
4. Does stress, boredom or tiredness make you want to eat?
5. Do you sometimes feel that you aren't satisfied after a meal?
6. Do you find it harder to take off weight than when younger?
If you answered "YES" to two of these six questions, you are probably mildly carbohydrate-addicted.
If you answered "YES" to three or four questions, you are likely to be moderately carbohydrate-addicted.
If you answered "YES" to five or six questions, you probably have a severe carbohydrate addiction that may be greatly affecting your life.
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