Lesson 3 Module 2
The amount of excess body fat you carry is a combination of the amount of insulin production in your diet combined with your genetic predisposition to store excess body fat. Carbohydrate ingestion drives insulin drives fat storage. Hence, moderating the insulin production in your diet is the gateway to reducing excess body fat.
Moderating insulin production is more significant than reducing caloric intake or burning more calories, because optimizing body composition is more about hormone optimization than a literal calories in-calories out equation that disrespects other variables. In fact, the equation is more accurately stated as calories burned versus calories stored.
Lowering insulin allows its counter-regulatory hormone glucagon to free energy from storage depots (triglycerides in your fat cells, or glycogen in your muscle and liver cells) and be burned in the bloodstream for energy.
Besides body fat storage concerns, excess insulin production promotes oxidation and inflammation in the bloodstream, setting the stage for all manner of health problems, cancer, and heart disease. Excess insulin also accelerates the rate of cell division, leading to accelerated aging.
A dietary pattern of high-carb intake/excess insulin production leads to a roller coaster of sugar highs and insulin crashes. This triggers the fight-or-flight response too frequently and eventually leads to burnout and catabolization of lean muscle tissue for emergency glucose via gluconeogenesis.
Gut health is a critical component of immune function and general health of many systems in the body. Your microbiome exists independent of your cellular makeup and is considered a "second brain." You can help gut health thrive by consuming prebiotics (resistant starch) and probiotic foods (fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, kombucha, etc.). Good health is dependent upon maintaining a healthy balance in the gut between good bacteria and bad bacteria.