How Insulin Can Make You Fat

Sugar and other forms of sweeteners, white flour, processed foods, sodas, juices, energy drinks, baked goods, pasta, and snack foods (chips, pretzels, etc.) are categorized as high-glycemic carbohydrates. This means they all rapidly convert to sugar when eaten. These foods cause the pancreas to release insulin to try and control blood sugar levels by driving it into the cells as fuel for energy. If this energy is not used by the cell it is then converted to fat and stored for later use. This holds true regardless of caloric intake!  In the presence of high levels of insulin, your body will not burn fat it will store fat and it will start to break down muscle and burn that instead.

Because of the sudden drop in blood sugar the body then experiences a cycle of symptoms consisting of food cravings, mood swings, fatigue, weight gain and signs of aging. It will eventually lead to obesity even though caloric intake is not necessarily excessive. It also creates inflammation on a cellular level causing aging and pain.

If the food doesn’t get to the cells we are literally starving at the cellular level. You then do what your body tells you to do, you eat more! You’re not getting fat because you’re eating more; you’re eating more because you’re getting fat. Most weren’t born with greedy fat cells, but we can make them greedy by eating too many carbs. Your body then releases a lot of insulin to bring the blood sugar down and it can only burn a little at a time, therefore leaving excessive amounts of circulating insulin. Our storage sites for carbs are limited but there is unlimited storage for fat so the body converts it to fat.

Insulin tells your body to store fat if you’re not using it. Cells can become resistant to the effects of insulin therefore the body starts making more insulin and therefore storing more fat and the cycle goes on.