How Carbs Affect Insulin Sensitivity

Josh Bezoni, Change, TransformationOur bodies and diet play an absolutely enormous role when it comes to achieving our physical transformation goals. Over the years, our society has increased our carbohydrate intake tremendously because it’s cheap and easy to mass produce, but our bodies don’t necessarily benefit from this.

In fact, because of how many carbs we consume, we have started building a tolerance to a tremendously significant hormone that can make all the difference when making the lifestyle changes we desire. It’s insulin, and it can either be an asset or a massive hindrance depending on how we use it.

Insulin is supposed to regulate your blood sugar by clearing it quickly from you blood stream after a carb-filled meal. It shuttles your blood sugar to muscle tissue instead of letting it remain stagnant and get absorbed into fat cells (which skyrockets weight gain).

But, many times, this is not the case. In reality, when we eat loads and loads of processed carbs, we build a carbohydrate tolerance which then resists much-needed insulin. This insulin resistance then results in dramatically reduced fat burning, increased blood sugar levels, and increased fat storage.

What’s more, insulin resistance often precedes and causes type II diabetes in addition to any number of health problems including but not limited to Alzheimer’s, premature aging, heart disease, and even strokes.

It pays off to be careful with carbs, but so many of us don’t even know what’s supposed to happen when we eat them. Check out below for how our bodies are meant to break down carbohydrates:

Minimum Insulin Release

When your body is very sensitive to insulin, only a very small amount is required to properly transport glucose from your bloodstream to the appropriate storage sites. If this is the case with you, then you’re in great shape because the body has an intensely difficult time burning off fat with insulin in your bloodstream. As a rule of thumb, the less insulin you have, the better.

Glycogen Uptake

Glycogen, for our intents and purposes, is the stored carbohydrate in muscle tissue and the liver. Should these tissues be highly sensitive to insulin, then the lion’s share of glucose will be stored within them as an energy source. The point? If it’s stored as an energy reserve in your muscle tissue, then it’s not converted to fat—and that’s a good thing.

Minimum Fat Storage

By choosing to increase insulin sensitivity, your body will preserve carbs as energy in lean muscle and the liver, as opposed to unsightly body fat.

Basically, your body’s ability to break down carbs comes down to insulin sensitivity. So before you bite into that juicy burger, think about how it will likely affect your insulin levels. It’s an uphill battle to remain in control of our diet considering the prevalence of media and advertisement, but it’s a necessary battle to remain in control of our bodies.