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Fat burning simplified!

When you eat a big meal—which is loaded with simple carbohydrates, i.e. pasta, white rice, bread, potatoes—it sends your blood sugar soaring. The body immediately releases a hormone (insulin) whose job it is to move the sugar out of the bloodstream where—if it were to stay elevated it would do serious damage.

Insulin escorts sugar into the cells. When the muscle cells don’t need it, it goes into the fat cells. No wonder insulin is also known as the “fat-storing hormone.”
Insulin does its work with the help of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase (LPL), which is the “fat-storing enzyme.” LPL takes triglycerides from the bloodstream, divides them into smaller parts (called fatty acids), and then promptly helps store these fatty acids in your fat cells.

If insulin remains in the bloodstream, it effectively locks the doors to the fat cells. They won’t open up and you won’t burn fat) until insulin levels come back down. Of course, the more you continue to eat that same high refined-carb diet, the less your insulin levels go down.
How do you burn fat?
Insulin has a sister hormone, and its name is glucagon and it’s a critical component of your fat-burning biochemistry.

When you need more energy and food isn’t available, glucagon is secreted. Its purpose is the exact opposite of insulin’s. Glucagon goes into the cells and causes fat to be released. And it does so with the help of a fat-burning enzyme called hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL).

Much like glucagon is the “opposite” of insulin, HSL is the “opposite” of LPL, the fat-storing enzyme we spoke of earlier. HSL breaks down triglycerides (the form of fat stored in your cells) into fatty acids and glycerol, so as they travel around the bloodstream they can be burned for energy or excreted. This glucagon-HSL axis is what I call the “fat-burning switch.”

Working backwards, we can see the obvious: Fat burning (and weight loss) won’t take place unless the fat-burning switch (glucagon/ HSL) is turned on. The fat-burning switch is in the “off” position as long as insulin levels are high. Insulin levels are high whenever blood sugar is high, and blood sugar is typically high in response to high-refined carbohydrate meals.

Hence the solution to the problem of how to burn fat is pretty simple. Keep blood sugar in a nice, moderate range where it won’t trigger excess insulin. By keeping blood sugar (and insulin) down, you allow glucagon/HSL—the fat-burning switch—to do its magic.

If you want to trigger your fat-burning switch, you have to learn to eat in a way that won’t trigger excess insulin. Fortunately, that isn’t that hard to do. Follow a natural foods plant based diet and make my sweet vegetable tea to help curb sugar cravings, it really is that simple.

The macrobiotic diet is the food of the future.
Take some time out to watch these videos and share with your family and friends.

Five chapters of educational material on health, weight loss and 200 delicious recipes are in my book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’ available on my website www.marlenewatsontara.com
In good health,
Marlene x

22 Comments

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  2. This article is brilliant – I have been slowly gaining weight for a while now, and feeling more and more lethargic with it. I have been quite desperate to loose weight, and so have been eating smaller portions at meal times, but the weight never shifts! After reading this article, I feel I have suddenly seen the light – it’s not smaller portions I need to think about, it’s what’s in the portions that is more important. It became suddenly clear to me, that my insulin levels were obviously always high, eating lots of bread, pasta, potatoes etc meant my body was never able to lower my insulin levels, and was only storing fat and not burning it. So in order to release glucagon and trigger my fat-burning switch, I have changed my diet. I have chosen a low carb diet which I carefully track using an app on my phone. In three weeks I have lost 10lbs and I’m still seeing improvement. I have more energy and have started to exercise again too – this article has really had an impact! Thank You Marlene.

    • Thanks Carl for taking the time to write a comment, glad to be of assistance. I am currently working on my Weight Loss Natures Way Programme to upload on to the internet. So many people cannot afford to come on my workshops so to create something affordable for everyone is where I am coming from.

      The programme will have 10 x 15 minute short cooking classes with me and come complete with tutorials, educational material and recipes to download. Weight loss teas and soups that are packed with nutrition to feed us at a cellular level is what no one is teaching folks. These recipes are all in my books but I am so passionate about changing the health of the U.K. that I decided to make this programme available for everyone. 1.4 billion humans are now obese. I am excited to share this world wide. It’s not a ‘diet’ per se, it’s a sustainable way of eating for life to keep you healthy and without weight problems.
      Rmemeber that complex and refined carbohydrates are different so please use wholegrains in your diet, i.e. short grain brown rice, quinoa, millet etc., and have plenty of greens everyday. If you email me on marlenewt@hotmail.co.uk I will send you a note on why we need glucose from complex carbohydrates.
      In good health
      Marlene x

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    • Thank you so much for your message, say Hi and thanks to your fab teacher from me for sharing.
      Marlene x

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  10. What is your latest book called please?

    • Good Morning Tracy
      ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’ is my current book, available on http://www.amazon.co.uk
      Have a good day x
      Marlene

  11. I was 28 stone, I’ve loss 2 stone, now stuck………..HELP……..xxx

    • Hi, Ron,
      Go to my you tube channel and make these amazing weight loss teas. Look at keeping a journal and noting down what you are eating and what activity you are doing daily, this helps when you get ‘stuck’. What type of foods are you eating, make sure you eat breakfast. As well as my weight loss teas, juicing is fantastic so starting making a green juice daily and make sure you are having plenty of fresh vegetables. Cut back on carbohydrates after 6pm so for dinner have some protien and delicious vegetables. Over 200 recipes in my book. Make sure you are drinking water throughout the day. Best, Marlene

  12. love to hear your blogs

  13. would love to hear your weight loss tips x

    • Hi Judith,
      Thanks for your note, Will be posting some next week. Have a lovely weekend x

    • Forgot to mention, if you go onto my you tube channel and watch my video on two fantastic weight loss teas, that would be very helpful to you. x

  14. and so all calories are NOT equal – fabulous explanation – thanks marlene! have tweeted it! d xx

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