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Insulin and Weight Gain

Insulin is the fat building hormone in the body. Therefore, increases in insulin cause weight gain.

So what causes an increase in insulin production?

When we eat simple carbohydrates (breads, sugar, and starches) our bodies easily absorb them and convert them into glucose in our blood. This raises our blood sugar levels.

As a result, the hormone insulin is then produced to convert the glucose into fuel to run the body.

However, when insulin appears on the scene to tell the body to burn glycogen, it also tells it to stop burning fat. It then stuffs the fat back into storage. And you know what it looks like there.

The key is to eat complex carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables. Another key is to consume healthy fats, such as butter, coconut oil, and avocados. Finally, fatty sources of protein are good for you too.

Your body prefers these types of foods.

In addition to the necessary vitamins and minerals, these high fiber carbohydrates causes a slow release of glucose into your blood - and a decrease in your insulin levels as well.

Remember, it is primarily increases in insulin that causes weight gain.

In addition, if you consume more simple (bad) carbohydrates than you need, insulin converts the glucose into fat, and puts this into storage as well.

The glucose builds up day after day in your arteries (and in that spare tire) until your circulation is blocked, your tissues don't get nourished, and you end up with obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol buildup, diabetes, heart disease, fatigue, impotence - or even cancer.