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How Do People Lose Weight – Asking the Right Questions

Want to know how people lose weight? The very first step is by asking the right questions. And it isn’t “how can I lose weight fast?”. That question focuses on a desired outcome but it does not actually give any real direction.

For many years we’ve been trying to lower our calorie count and increase out energy expenditure in an effort to lose weight. That has not worked. Yet, we persist in focusing on this method for weight loss. 

When you engage in an action and do not receive the results you seek, typically, we choose another action. But with weight loss, we persist, expecting a different result. Why do we do this? Because for years medical professionals have told us that weight loss is a numbers game. Use more energy than you consume and you will lose weight. 

I am here to tell you that this was not the whole truth. There is more to the weight loss problem than reduction of calories. And in many cases, the reduction in calories is not even necessary. 

So how do we lose weight? By asking the right questions. What is the right question? How does the body actually modulate storage of fat? When we know the answer to that question, we can then apply the answer to ourselves. 

Funny thing is, we do know the answer to that question. We’ve known if for years. Type 1 diabetics are slaves to this answer, as are people who are over weight. Insulin has a significant role in the body regulation of fat storage but it does not act in isolation. It is affected by the presence of carbohydrates. 

So, in order to actually regulate your body weight, you need to understand how insulin reacts to carbohydrates. When you comprehend that our body can only have about 5 grams of sugar in the blood at any moment in time because excess carbohydrates in the blood is toxic, then you understand that storing carbohydrates as fat is biologically safer. Therefore, our bodies store sugar as fat to keep us alive.

In order to lose weight, allow yourself to move away from fat storage mode by eating fewer carbohydrates. When we eat fewer carbs, our bodies have less need to store fat and then our bodies can begin to use the fat storage for fuel. 

Dr. Jason Fung has written a book, The Obesity Code, that clearly outlines how insulin and carbohydrates are involved in weight gain. He also clearly outlines how to use that information to lose weight and keep it off. You can find the book here: https://amzn.to/2tctzU3 

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