Insulin has a sister hormone, and its name is glucagon. It’s probably something you’ve never heard of before, but it’s a critical component of your fat-burning biochemistry.
When blood sugar is low, and you need more energy, and food isn’t available, glucagon is secreted. Its purpose is the exact opposite of insulin’s.
Glucagon goes into the cells and causes fat to be released. And it does so with the help of a fat-burning enzyme called hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL).
Much like glucagon is the “opposite” of insulin, HSL is the “opposite” of LPL, the fat-storing enzyme we spoke of earlier. HSL breaks down triglycerides (the form of fat stored in your cells) into fatty acids and glycerol, so as they travel around the bloodstream they can be burned for energy or excreted. This glucagon-HSL axis is what I call the “fat-burning switch.”
Working backwards, we can see the obvious: Fat burning (and weight loss) won’t take place unless the fat-burning switch (glucagon/ HSL) is turned on.
The fat-burning switch is in the “off” position as long as insulin levels are high. Insulin levels are high whenever blood sugar is high, and blood sugar is typically high in response to high-carbohydrate meals.
HENCE, the solution to the problem of how to burn fat is pretty simple. Keep blood sugar in a nice, moderate range where it won’t trigger excess insulin. By keeping blood sugar (and insulin) down, you allow glucagon/HSL-the fat-burning switch-to do its magic.
If you want to trigger your fat-burning switch, you have to learn to eat in a way that won’t trigger excess insulin. Fortunately, that isn’t that hard to do. A “diet” composed mainly of what I call “The Four Food Groups” is a good place to start.
What are those “Four Food Groups”?
Food you can hunt, fish, gather, or pluck.
Now that’s a “prescription” for healthy living and also one that’s pretty much guaranteed to flip your fat-burning switch to the “on” position!
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