Meal Frequency, Insulin and Weight Loss

Insulin is an anabolic hormone. This means it causes the storage of substrates in tissue. Chronic high insulin levels are detrimental because they cause an increased storage of fatty acids in adipose tissue, and at the same time, glucagon levels are suppressed and this prevents stored fat being oxidised. The key to weight loss is to reduce insulin levels so that the storage of fat slows and so the oxidation of stored fat can proceed. There are a number if dietary methods to reduce insulin levels based on meal frequency. Eating smaller but more frequent meals, often called grazing, is effective at reducing insulin levels because less carbohydrate is consumed at one time. Another option is an intermittent fast, and this is effective because insulin remains suppressed during the fasting period. Both strategies have been shown to be effective at lowering insulin levels in studies performed on insulin resistant humans. Which strategy is chosen likely comes down to the type of lifestyle an individual leads..

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