Your weight is largely controlled by your hormones. Research shows that hormones influence your appetite and how much fat you store.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta cells of your pancreas and it's secreted in small amounts throughout the day and in larger amounts after meals. It allows your cells to take in blood sugar for energy or storage, depending on what is needed at the time. Insulin is also the main fat storage hormone in the body. It instructs fat cells to store fat, and prevents stored fat from being broken down. When cells are insulin resistant (very common), both blood sugar and insulin levels go up significantly.
Here are some tips to normalize insulin levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
Avoid or Minimise Sugar: High amounts of fructose and sucrose promote insulin resistance and raise insulin.
Reduce Carbohydrates A low-carb diet can cause an immediate drop in insulin levels.
Fill Up on Protein: Protein actually raises insulin in the short-term. However, it should lead to long-term reductions in insulin resistance by helping you lose belly fat.
Include Plenty of Healthy Fat: Omega-3 fats found in fatty fish can help lower fasting insulin levels.
Get Enough Magnesium: Insulin resistant people are often low in magnesium, and magnesium supplements can improve insulin sensitivity.
Drink Green Tea: Green tea may lower blood sugar and insulin levels.
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