Warning: Educational BLOG POST ahead!
Excerpts from pages 121-126 from the book "Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It" by Gary Taubes.
Photo Caption "The Effects of Insulin on adipose tissue" (the following link updates the link provided on page 121.
There a lot of interesting information thru out the book.
What really was an EYE OPENER #1 is on pages 122-123
"Because the insulin level in the bloodstream is determined primarily by the carbbohydrates that are consumed - their quantity and quality, as I'll (Gary Taubes) discuss - it's those carbohydrates that determine how much fat WE accumulate. Here's the Chain of Events:
1. You think about eating a meal with carbohydrates.
2. You begin secreting INSULIN
3. The INSULIN signals the FAT CELLS to shut down the RELEASE of fatty acids (by inhibiting HSL ((Hormone-Sensitive Lipase))) and take up MORE fatty acids (via LPL ((Lipoprotein Lipase))) from the circulation.
4. You start to get Hungry or Hungrier.
5. You begin eating
6. You secrete MORE INSULIN.
7. Carbohydrates are digested and enter the circulation as GLUCOSE, causing blood sugars to rise
8. You secrete MORE INSULIN
9. Fat from the diet is stored as triglycerides in the fat cells, as are some of the carbohydrates that are converted into fat in the liver.
10, The fat cells get fatter, and so do you.
11. The FAT STAYS in the fat cells UNTIL the INSULIN level DROPS" unquote
WOW - When I read #1.. I remember reading long time ago - reading or looking at food can make you FAT... How about those FOOD Commercials??? MIND BLOWING....People were lucky back in the time before TV.
Page 124 "The Bottom Line is something that has been known (And mostly IGNORED) for over 40 years. The one thing we absolutely have to do if we want to get leaner - if we want to get fat out of our fat tissue and burn it - is to lower our insulin levels and to secrete less insulin to begin with." unquote
Also mentioned is the "24 hour cycle of storing and burning fat" in the book. We gain fat during the hours we are awaking and digesting meals. Fat is burned off in during our sleep state. INSULIN controls all of this. This makes sense because everything I read says get a good night's sleep and stop eating 3-4 hours before you go to bed. NO RAIDING the Frig or kitchen at midnight, etc. During the night time sleep period your insulin levels should drop.
EYE OPENER #2 pg 126 "Meanwhile, our bodies are getting bigger because we're putting on FAT, and so our fuel requirements are INCREASING. When we get fatter, we also add muscle to support that fat. (Thanks again in part to INSULIN which insures that whatever protein we consume is used for repairing muscles cells and organs, and for adding muscle if necessary). So as we fatten, our energy demand increases, and our appetite will increase for this reason as well - particularly our appetite for carbohydrates, BECAUSE this is the nutrient our cells burn for fuel WHEN INSULIN is elevated." unquote
WOW - So I really must step up -- Not giving into wild excessive carb food cravings, Eating just the right amount of good carbs, eating right amount protein and upping the amount of fat I eat. Stop eating at least by 7pm and get to bed by 10 pm. So far I am working on not eating any carbs during my 3rd meal -- just Fat and protein.
I'm off to make tuna with mayo and put on radish slices (My mouth wants to crunch something
Thoughts, comments welcome