Why in the world do you keep telling your body you are starving? The body is designed to keep you alive. Your mind is fiercely protective. It will take extreme measures to keep you from starving.
When your subconscious gets the message you are starving, it responds by storing up fat. It will direct your body to store up energy (calories) for the future. You may not realize you’re telling your body to store up fat even though you are. Here is how this vicious cycle works.
Perhaps you remember this popular commercial: “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” This commercial was an advertising promotion for the use of margarine over butter. Mother Nature was right. As it turns out, margarine is full of dangerous trans fats and is worse for your health than butter.
Today, national food processing companies are dumping fructose in everything we eat. They remove most of the nutrients and fiber, then put in high-fructose corn syrup to provide an edible taste. Mother Nature would tell you again: “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”
Every time you eat processed sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, you put in motion a process that sends your brain (hypothalamus) the message you are starving. The brain responds to this message by making you obese.
To manage fat accumulation and weight gain, it is important to learn a few facts of physiology. I realize physiology and microbiology may not be “your thing.” Mechanical engineering may not be “your thing” either; however, it helps to know that when the oil warning light goes on you need to add oil to prevent destroying your engine.
Your body is giving you a “warning light” when fat begins to accumulate in the abdominal area. This visceral fat is a serious warning that a hormonal imbalance is brewing. This hormonal imbalance is going to wear you down (if it hasn’t already).
The take away from this article is that your visceral (abdominal) fat and hepatic (liver) fat are causing hormonal imbalance and serious health problems. It not only looks unattractive but also places a person at the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, immune suppression, dementia, and other serious lifestyle diseases.
Getting rid of visceral fat is easier than you might think.
If you would like to know how to conquer this cycle that causes fat to build in your abdominal area read on.
A quick review of what happens when you eat sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is invaluable.
Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are made of two simple molecules: glucose and fructose.
Glucose and Insulin Resistance.
All living cells must have glucose (blood sugar) to live. It is their source of energy. Glucose enters a cell by being escorted by insulin. When insulin docks to the cell receptor sites glucose is allowed to enter that cell. If the cell receptor sites are repeatedly bombarded with insulin – which is what happens when too much glucose enters the bloodstream too quickly – the receptor sites become desensitized and begin to block insulin from docking. This is called insulin resistance. (See inserts)
The extra insulin in the blood stream quickly begins to store the excess glucose into fat tissue. The fat tissue is simply stored energy (calories) for future use.
“Sugar highs” are followed by “sugar lows” – rapid drops of glucose in the bloodstream. When this happens, the brain responds with a message that you need more glucose – fast! This leads to more fat being stored in the adipose tissue.
Fructose, Leptin, and Leptin Resistance
Fructose from processed sugar and high-fructose corn syrup serves no useful purpose. Only the liver is able to handle it. The liver can convert a small amount of fructose into glycogen which is a form of reserve energy used by your muscles. However, when fructose arrives in large amounts as it does when you digest processed sugars, it overloads the liver. The only way the liver can handle the excess flow of fructose is to store it as fat. This fat is known as the visceral fat because the liver stores it in the gut area around the organs in the abdomen..
The Following Information Can Save Your Life
Very recently, scientific research has discovered that your fat tissue secretes hormones. The key hormone is leptin. The brain measures how much fat you have stored in your body by the amount of leptin in the bloodstream. When the amount of leptin drops, your subconscious will sense that your fat reserves are decreasing and will produce strong hunger signals. Leptin acts like a fuel gauge in an automobile, constantly measuring the amount of fuel remaining. The amount of fat in your body is measured moment to moment.
Like insulin resistance, if there is too much leptin in the bloodstream the receptor sites of the brain cells will become desensitized and block leptin from docking on its receptor sites. The brain cells will no longer be receiving an accurate signal of the amount of stored fat in your body. Even though there is a high amount of leptin in the bloodstream, since it is being blocked, your subconscious is receiving the message that you are using up your fat reserves. Leptin resistance is sensed as starvation. In essence, you are telling your brain that you are starving. It responds by doing everything it can to save you. It sends out powerful hormone signals to increase your appetite.
It sends out other hormone signals that cause a slowdown in your metabolism. It actually prevents you from burning off fat reserves too quickly. This explains why you become fatigued and lack energy all of the time. Your subconscious is doing everything that it can to keep you from starving. It will not let you use the energy that is available.
The good news is you can reverse leptin resistance. The brain cells have become desensitized to leptin but sensitivity can easily be restored with a little effort on your part.
I grew up in the Midwest. On many winter days my mother would bake homemade sauerkraut and pork chops for dinner. When I came in out of the winter cold, I would be hit by the pungent smell of baked sauerkraut. It was almost too much to bear, but after a while I would get used to it and soon it was no longer noticeable. My sense of smell had become desensitized to the smell of baked sauerkraut – it was sauerkraut resistance! If I went outside again, after a few minutes my sense of smell would once again become highly sensitive to the smell of baked sauerkraut.
Leptin resistant brain cell receptor sites can become re-sensitized to leptin, visceral fat can be overcome, and hormonal balance can be reestablished when you take the following steps:
- Stop eating processed sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
- Do not overeat at any meal.
- Add more activity to your daily life.
- Eat whole vegetables and fruits.