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Gaining weight and accumulating body fat has become a global epidemic. And associated with these come bigger concerns like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. We all look for ways, tips and tricks to shed weight and get back into shape, but it’s important to understand that our bodies are different and each individual has a different way of responding to fat burners. Before you go about trying and finding out how to lose weight and be fit and fab, let’s look at the main concern “what triggers fat storage?” If we address the root cause, it becomes easier to lose weight and achieve your dream figure. This will help you understand your bodies better and take steps accordingly.
Debunking the Myths:
Just eating is not the cause of getting obese and storing fat. Often even with reducing your food intake, you might not be able to shed extra fat. Even exercise and working out is not the God-sent solution to get rid of fat.
- Fat storage is an action of hormones in our body, especially insulin, which is produced by pancreas. This extremely important hormone helps in absorbing glucose, fatty acids and amino acids and their other building and breakdown processes. Insulin levels control the fat building process. The fatty acids are absorbed from the blood into fat cells, muscle cells and liver cells. In these cells, under stimulation by insulin, fatty acids are made into fat molecules and stored as fat droplets.
How insulin is produced is triggered by what we dump in our bodies. A moderate carbohydrate intake that includes grains, vegetables and fruits, keeps insulin levels in check and doesn’t usually result in excess fat storage. But, when you tend to eat a large amount of carbohydrates, especially white-flour (pastas/cookies etc.) or sugary substances (pastries/cakes/cold drinks), our bodies need to produce high amounts of insulin. This results in excess glucose storage in the liver and muscle cells. Once this storage is fully occupied, the extra goes to your fat cells. Insulin encourages our bodies to hold onto this fat, putting it on lock-down and discouraging its release for energy. Hence, the fats turn into unhealthy hindrances to our bodies’ metabolism.
How To Control Excess Fat Storage in your Body:
Now that you know how insulin is the main “man” who runs the fat storage show in your body, here are a few tips to prevent excess fat deposition in your body.
- Reduce intake of white flour or sugar. These throw our hormones into a spiral down and prove to me unhealthy in the long run.
- Eat vegetables and fruits. Also eat foods which are rich in fibre. Increasing the dietary intake of fibre gives you a sense of fullness and makes you eat in moderation. This prevents you from loading up on unhealthy junk. The fiber in whole grains makes them digest more slowly, so your blood sugar doesn’t react as quickly and insulin levels stay more stable.
- Increase your protein intake. Add sources of protein in your daily diet- lean meat, eggs, soya, lentils and so on. These help in firing up your metabolism and burning fat. These also help in building muscle mass.
- Get moving and get out of your sedentary lifestyle. No need to hit the gym with a vengeance, just brisk walking for 30 minutes would help boost your metabolism and get your hormones in order.