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Can you still eat carbs and lose weight?

Are carbs preventing your weight loss?  There are plenty of people who have no problem whatsoever eating and enjoying carbs on a regular basis, whilst enjoying healthy, fit bodies. However, years of processed carbs and sugars can make you insensitive to one of the most important hormones in your body: The name of this hormone is insulin.

Insulin’s function is to help your body clear sugar quickly from your bloodstream after a carbohydrate meal, and (hopefully) move it to muscle tissue for energy instead of into fat cells (driving up your weight).
When you consume carbohydrates, here is what you want to happen:

1. Minimum insulin release. Only a small amount of insulin is necessary to clear glucose from your blood to its storage sites. This is great news because your body struggles to burn fat in the presence of insulin.

2. Quick and efficient blood sugar clearance. Again, this will occur when your body is highly sensitive to insulin.

3. Maximum glycogen uptake. Glycogen is the term used for stored carbohydrate in muscle tissue and the liver. When these tissues are highly sensitive to insulin, the vast majority of blood glucose will be stored within them as an energy reserve, instead of being converted to fat.

4. Minimum fat storage. When you increase insulin sensitivity, your body will choose to store your carbohydrate intake as energy in lean muscle tissue and the liver, instead of body fat.

Simply put, your body’s ability to process the carbohydrates you eat all comes down to your insulin sensitivity and your body’s ability to quickly and efficiently clear sugar from your blood.

So if you suspect insulin sensitivity, you will need to reduce your intake of fast release carbohydrates and include specific types of exercise to get your body on the right track. If you need help with a Weight Loss plan: including exercises for toning and shaping your body, GO foods and AVOID foods, recipes and treats – just email Suzi at  suzi@rapid-health.co.uk 

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