Weight Loss: Insulin (1)
Video class with Jon Gabriel
Join Jon Gabriel as he talks about:
- Insulin, blood sugar and Type-2 diabetes
- What happens when your body becomes insulin resistant
- How to balance your blood sugar levels
Read The Lecture Transcripts Here
What I want to talk about today is blood sugar and insulin, the hormone insulin, and I’m going to talk a little bit about Type 2 diabetes also. So I’m just going to – basically, when your fat programs are on your body loses the ability to regulate blood sugar. And this becomes a real problem when you’re trying to lose weight because you end up eating and craving sweets simply because you can’t regulate your blood sugar properly. And so it’s really, really important to understand the mechanics of how your body is supposed to regulate blood sugar, and what goes wrong when the fat programs are on, and what you can do about it. I’m also going to talk a little bit about Type 2 diabetes because it’s related, and also why The Gabriel Method has been very successful in helping people manage and even sometimes reverse Type 2 diabetes. I’ve had a number of people tell me that they were taking up to 11 different insulin tablets a day to managetheir Type 2 diabetes and they’re not taking that anymore; their doctor told them that they don’t need it anymore, and it’s simply because their body is now able to regulate blood sugar more properly. So it’s real important to understand blood sugar.
So I’ll just start with the basics. When you eat a meal, your stomach digests the food and the sugar goes into your bloodstream, and that causes your blood sugar levels to elevate. Now you always want to have a certain amount of sugar in your bloodstream; not too much and not too little because your brain uses sugar for food. So your brain is always using sugar and your body is always supplying sugar through the bloodstream to the brain. If your blood sugar falls too low it can become very dangerous because your brain is not going to have enough sugar to function properly. If your blood sugar gets too high it can cause nerve damage. So keeping your blood sugar in a very narrow range, in an ideal optimal range, is crucial to properly functioning.
Now when you eat a meal, your blood sugar goes way up; much higher than the amount you normally need. So what happens is your body stores that excess sugar into cells of your body. It stores it in your liver, it stores it in your muscles, and it stores it in your fat cells. Once it stores all this excess sugar that’s in your blood, then your blood sugar levels go back down again. Now the way your body stores sugar is when you eat a meal and your blood sugar levels go up, your pancreas secretes the hormone insulin, and it’s insulin’s job to help you store blood sugar; to help you lower your blood sugar levels. And the way insulin does this is it’s a hormone that attaches to the cell wall of these different cells in your body – in your liver cells, in your muscle cells, and in your fat cells – and it’s almost like a key that opens up a doorway. And so your cell wall opens up like a little window that allows sugar to come in. So if you think of insulin as key that opens a lock in your cell, and then the cell wall opens up and sugar can get in. So insulin goes through your bloodstream opening up, unlocking the cells of all these different parts of your body and the sugar goes in. And so once your sugar levels go back down to the desired range, your insulin levels go back down again.
Then what happens is after a while, your blood sugar levels go down too low because your brain and your body is using that sugar that’s in your bloodstream. And when your blood sugar levels go down too low your body sends out another hormone called glucagon, and that hormone goes to all the cells in your body, unlocks it, and gets the sugar back. So it’s almost like a bank account for sugar. Your liver cells, your muscle cells, and your fat cells are like a bank account to hold sugar. And it’s like when the sugar