Friday, May 4, 2012

Insulin Prevents Fat Burning

Although insulin is known as the fat storage hormone, the most important aspect to understand about insulin for the purposes of obesity is that it prevents fat burning.  It does not matter that you spike your insulin after eating a meal.  What matters is that you allow the insulin level to drop enough to be burning fat again.  This is how body fat is regulated.

It is extremely clear that spiking insulin does not cause obesity.  There are billions of high carbohydrate eaters in  the world who maintain lean body mass eating lots of rice.  But to hammer home the point that big meals do NOT cause obesity, look up Takeru Kobayashi.  Kobayashi is a competitive eater and holds records in consuming hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, and other foods.  He also sports a lean body with six-pack abs.

Kobayashi even has a record of eating 97 Krystal burgers.  That is 13.871 lbs of burgers and 12,610 calories.  Try eating 12,610 calories in a day.  It is a difficult thing to do for most of us.  He did this in one MEAL.  This makes it Krystal clear that eating large meals does not cause obesity.

When your insulin level is high, you do not burn fat.  You burn fat after your insulin level is lowered.  That takes time after a meal.  The longer the time, the more fat will be burned.  Eating low calories may keep the spike down, but can be unsatisfying and cause cravings and binges because it is an unnatural way to eat.  Normally a person sits down to eat a meal and eats until they are satisfied.  No calorie counting.

It would be nice to find some magical foods that are satisfying and bypass this insulin spike phenomena, but they don't exist.  Pure fat does not cause insulin spikes, but I found it causes low blood sugar for me.  It is also not a satisfying food on its own.  The search for such magical foods that do not inhibit fat burning continues to be a fascination for people.  But they don't exist.

If people eat until they are satisfied, then why fight that?  That is how people eat.  The problem only arises when people eat their next meal due to the wrong signal.  They mistake hunger for an empty stomach and eat again too soon.  Takeru Kobayashi would not make that mistake.  He trains by drinking large quantities of water (to keep the stomach stretched) and not eating for days at a time.

If a person wants to eat unsatisfying foods and/or unsatisfying quantities, then such ascetics will hopefully find those who appreciate their pursuit of martyrdom.  But most obese people do not have such aspirations.  A simple understanding of the need to give a good break between meals is all I needed to understand.  This allows insulin and other hormones to return to normal.  It can even be a quick solution if one wants it to be.


  1. I've just read your article and I will admit that this is the first time I have heard of this weight loss method. I originally found this blog from a product review you had done over Sensa weight loss, which I decided not to buy since the negative reviews were overwhelming clear. I am curious as to how often you normally abstain in between meals and what the average size meal is for you? I read in another forum that you had gone up to 51 hours but that you normally do not and I would love to know what you ate before that 51 hour fast. I have struggled with weight loss for years and lost a significant amount by portining and vigorous exercise, but eventually gained it all back within a couple years after not keeping up those habits. I see the logic behind this method, I am just a little unsure how to go about it with spacing out meals and whatnot. Would appreciate any advice on your findings!

    1. Amc4,

      Thanks for the comment. I think the absolutely MOST important thing is to NOT consume calories between meals. If you are going to eat or drink anything with calories, only do it at meal time.

      I have found that eating 3 meals a day seems to be the maximum. I would not eat more meals than that. Forget snacking. It's better to save your appetite for meal time and prevent raising your insulin levels between meals.

      When you know you can eat without guilt and simply enjoy your food and the opportunity to eat, it just seems to normalize everything. I find I eat what seems like a normal meal to me. I also like to finish with some kind of dessert like cookies or ice cream sandwiches and such. I drink milk or juice or Coca-Cola with my meal. It's all food.

      But once I feel the meal is over, that's it. I don't consume anything with calories between meals. Calories are for meal time only. I try to limit my meal time to a maximum of one hour.

      Although this alone may lead to weight loss over time, to lose weight faster requires eating less often. Eating less often allows insulin levels to drop and fat to burn for a longer period of time. You will notice this effect if you have ever gone on a fast. The longer you go without eating, the more fat you will burn. Eating ALWAYS slows down the weight loss.

      There are no magical calories that make us lose weight faster than eating nothing.

      Once you know that eating slows down weight loss, you can choose how fast you want to lose weight. The most important thing to learn is how to prevent gaining weight--which is by limiting calorie consumption to meal time only. Once you understand that, weight is much easier to control.

      If I feel like fasting to lose weight quicker, I will. But most days I don't feel like skipping meals and just want to eat normally.

      This whole ordeal is kind of embarrassing. Consuming calories only at meal time is common all over the world and used to be more strict here in the USA. But to have to learn how to eat like a normal person is ridiculous. Well hey, we were confused. We didn't know. Who would have thought it was so simple?

  2. There are billions of high carbohydrate capsiplex appetite suppressant eaters in the world who maintain lean body mass eating lots of rice. But to hammer home the point that big meals do NOT cause obesity, look up Takeru Kobayashi.