Fat Metabolism

From our friends at HighlandVitamins.com

Getting and staying slim involves a whole lot more than the equation of calories in versus calories out. Sure, how much you eat and how much you move are factors, but there’s a lot more to the story than that. We need to address the role of our hormones in regulating our body shape.

How Fit Happens:

Going back a few thousand years, your ancestors didn’t worry too much about moving more and not over-eating: instead, they focused on reproduction and survival. The key to survival is energy conservation. This means that your body is designed to hold on to extra energy as fat in case there’s a food shortage.

While glucose is the preferred source of fuel for muscles, the hormone insulin essential for glucose metabolism and uptake by cells, and sends the left-overs to your liver and fat cells. As a result, cells get the energy they need and blood glucose remains within a normal range.

If a diet is too high in carbohydrates (which change to glucose after digestion) excess glucose is stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles. When the storage spaces are full, insulin sends glucose to fat cells to be stored as triglycerides. And now you are the road to upsizing your jeans.

Likewise, excess carbs lead to chronically high insulin levels, and cells no longer respond to it. As a result, glucose can’t enter cells, and more of it is sent to fat storage – even when you’re cells are in need of fuel! You feel more hungry, you eat more food, and more is stored as fat even as your energy levels fall.

To reduce fat stores, limit your consumption of refined carbohydrates, and focus on natural carbs from fruits and vegetables. Eat regularly throughout the day, including a source of protein (legumes, sprouted nuts and seeds or lean sources of meat) and fiber (fruit) with every meal and snack: this will help to keep blood sugar and insulin levels balanced. Be sure to hydrate cells and boost elimination processes with at least 8 eight ounce glasses of filtered water daily.

And, yes, exercise is important! Oxygen is crucial to fat metabolism, and with our stressful lives, most of us forget to breathe. Exercise causes us to breathe deeply, bathing cells in oxygen. Start with a walk around the block, but walk at a brisk enough pace that your breathing deepens.

Green Coffee Bean Extract

The unroasted extract from America’s favorite bean, green coffee bean extract contains chlorogenic acids that inhibit fat absorption, delay glucose absorption in the intestine, and boost fat metabolism in the liver. Research shows this antioxidant-rich raw extract may also support balanced blood pressure already in a healthy range.

Garcinia Cambogia

A small pumpkin-like fruit, Garcinia cambogia provides an extract called hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA inhibits conversion of excess carbohydrates into fat. Garcinia cambogia may suppress appetite while supporting normal glucose metabolism already in the normal range and regulating fat synthesis in the liver.

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