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What are Hormones & How Hormones work in the Body – (How Insulin blocks Fat Loss)

October 11, 2019


Hey, guys. My name is Marc Dressen. You’re watching MD TV. And in this video, I’m going
to talk about hormones– especially the hormone
insulin and how that affects your weight loss
and how it blocks fat burning and all that stuff. It’s a bit more
educational– meaning it’s going to be
PowerPoint presentations, me talking over it, but
it’s very educational. And it’s one of these series. So if you haven’t seen the first
one, then click somewhere here. It’s all about nutrients,
if that’s something you want to know about. And I guess we’re going
to start in 3, 2, 1. [SNAPS FINGERS] [SOUND EFFECTS] I’ll be discussing how the food
you eat trigger hormones, which have a direct impact on
your blood sugar levels, and why you need
to know about this. What are hormones, and
why is it important for you to know about them? Hormones are
chemical messengers, which are secreted into the
blood in one part of the body and then deliver a message
to another part of your body. They are produced by glands,
and they get their instructions from your brain. Here’s a simple example. Let’s think of your glands as
a mobile phone and the brain is typing the message. Then we hit the Send
button, and the message is received by another
cell in your body. Now, the cell knows what to do. Hormones control so
many things, including how fast does your
heartbeat, when and how you sleep, your body temperature,
whether you’re fat or thin– wait. Did you just say “fat or thin”? [CHUCKLES] Yes, I did. And I’m glad you noticed it. There’s one particular hormone
I want you to know about, and that is insulin. Why? Let me show you. What is insulin? Insulin is a hormone which,
lowers the level of glucose– or sugar– in your blood. So far, so good? Now, there are, of course, many
more hormones in your system. But in order for
you to lose weight, I think it is
crucial to understand the function of insulin. OK. I’ll make it very simple. Every time your blood
sugar is too high, insulin is released and will
carry the glucose directly into your cell. Well, that’s great if you
need the energy right now. But what if you don’t? Right. It will store it for
later, and guess as what. Fat. Body fat. Now comes the really important
bit I want you to understand. Are you ready? High amounts of insulin block
the body’s ability to burn fat. Yes. You heard it right. It blocks fat burning. Why? Well, it’s quite logical. When you’ve just eaten some
food that made your blood sugar rise means your body
actually has enough energy and does not need to break down
additional body fat for energy. It is that simple. Eating trigger carbs
leads to more insulin in the blood, which
blocks fat burning and leads to storing excess
blood sugar as body fat. Your body switches from
burning into storing mode as soon as you start eating
lots of starchy carbohydrates– or trigger carbs. So how does this help you? Well, let’s have a look at
which foods actually trigger your blood sugar to rise. Remember, in Part 1, where we
discussed essential nutrients? Blood sugar is only
affected by the amount– and especially the type–
of carbohydrates we eat. So let me show you
what that means. Here’s a chart
that shows you how our blood sugar rises and
falls over a period of time. We have the normal range where
our body is able to burn fat, and this is the green section. Then there’s the
top red section, which means your blood
sugar is too high, and this is where your body
releases insulin and blocks your fat-burning abilities. At the bottom red section,
this is the area where the blood sugar is too low. This is when you normally
are starting to crave foods. Why? Because your body is
lacking in energy, and this is the time when
you normally grab a chocolate bar or a can of Coke. Now, the red graph
shows you how our body reacts to the type of
carbohydrates that are easily digested and absorbed. I’ll call them “trigger carbs,”
such as most processed foods like pasta, white bread,
and white table sugar. These will produce a rapid
increase in your blood sugar level and fall under the
normal range as quickly. The green graph shows
you how our body reacts to the type of
carbohydrates that do not trigger too much insulin
and are the foods I was eating in
order to lose weight. These carbohydrates are
taking longer to be digested and are high in fiber,
water, and protein, such as non-starchy vegetables. Remember? Those which are mostly green
and grow above the soil? Let’s have a closer
look at trigger carbs and non-starchy vegetables. In short, trigger
carbs are the type of carbohydrates which
spike your blood sugar level and release lots of insulin. This results in storing body
fat and, at the same time, blocking the body’s
ability to burn fat. Compared to the
non-starchy vegetables, these are the type
of carbohydrates which are high in fiber,
water, and protein and keep your blood
sugar level balanced. This also gives the
body the ability to use the stored
body fat as energy. Examples of trigger carbs
are potatoes, grains, such as wheat and
rice as well as the products that are made
of the processed grains, like bread, pasta, and cereal. Or in general, almost
all highly-refined and processed foods. Examples of
non-starchy vegetables are most green,
leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach,
broccoli, and cabbage, but there are many more. So now, you know why
the quality of the food is so important in order to
lose weight and be healthy. OK. So I hope you learned something
and you know a bit more about hormones and insulin
and what kind of carbohydrates you should be eating and how
they trigger your insulin response, which then
leads to blocking your fat-burning ability
and all that stuff. You know that now. You’re an expert. And– yeah. If so, punch the Like
button right now as well. If you think this
information would be beneficial for
any of your friends, feel free to share this video. As well if you haven’t
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then you get this stuff straight into your inbox. As well, I made a video on
the six essential nutrients. So if you are interested
in that stuff, here on the side somewhere,
you just click on that video. It takes you straight there
into another round of education, which is very important. Now– yeah. What else? This is awkward. Right? Don’t know what to talk about. But anyway, you know what to do. I’ll see you next month. [SNAPS FINGERS] [MUSIC PLAYING]

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