Diabetes Always Begins with Insulin Resistance
This might be the single most important article you read with regard to understanding WHY you get fat or unhealthy, and how to reverse it. Any Firm U client has heard us talk about something called “insulin resistance”. It sounds complicated but the truth is it is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT factor to improving body composition through fat loss AND muscle gain. Insulin is the KING hormone…no matter what you do (i.e. HCG diet, Amphetamines, diet program, meal service or hormone doctors) or gadget you buy, you will never be able to make significant or long lasting positive changes to your health or physique if you don’t control it.
The best part? It’s really not hard to understand. Gain excess fat, stop exercising or eat too many carbs, too often, and your cells simply lose their ability to uptake the carbs and they get stored as FAT. Plus your muscles won’t have access to the sugar they need to complete workouts. No matter WHAT you eat, if you’re not eating at the right times and insuring proper cellular uptake (aka insulin sensitivity), YOU WILL GET FAT.
The good news is this can be reversed. Click on KPRC Channel 2 Houston Feature story on The Firm U.
Firm U clients begin by measuring insulin levels via a blood test. The desirable range for fasting insulin is 3-5 uIU/ml with optimal being <3.
We routinely have clients who come to us complaining they are tired of going to doctors have “tried everything” and “nothing works!” They are often prescribed thyroid medicine and sent to dietitians and still…no meaningful change except lighter pockets. Many have developed diabetes and cardiovascular problems and are taking a buffet of drugs for those as well. After measuring insulin levels we find they are often at 16, 20, 28 uIU/ml. Proper resistance training is then started. We are able to reduce fasting insulin levels by 50% with JUST weight lifting alone. Strength training gives real, measurable results. Clients have eliminated Rx drugs, discontinued insulin pumps and have reduced insulin requirements from 5 to 1 vial per month! The next area that is focused on is diet, to get insulin even closer to ideal…Firm U clients learn the physiologically logical way they should eat based on the science of the human body. They keep their eye on the goal of reaching optimal fasting insulin levels until they are home free. Everything is soundly based on science using principles and techniques of successful physique athletes.
Things you must be aware of and know how to control to minimize fat accumulation and maximize insane rates of fat loss:
- Managing “insulin spikes”
- Nutrient timing-what are definitive best times to eat carbs to avoid almost literal immediate fat gain
- Earn your carbs- there are certain times when your body is more readily able to use the carbs you eat.
- Maintaining insulin sensitivity by stimulating muscle contraction through proper resistance training.
- Understanding what role adulterated fats/oils have in insulin resistance and fat accumulation
The Firm U teaches how to AVOID CARB BASED FAT STORAGE and REPROGRAM your metabolism to use fat FIRST every time you eat or exercise to burn more belly fat WITHOUT avoiding carbs.
Did you know that almost all your favorite high carb foods are the ONLY food that is instantly available for energy the second they hit your mouth?
Did you know this is why carbs can easily be stored as belly fat making you fatter and fatter with every bite?
Did you know that if you understand the stages of carbohydrate storage , you can AVOID these nasty side effects while planning “in” all your favorite carbs – and you NEVER have to worry about storing them as fat on your body?
If you don’t, you’ll constantly suffer from carb-based fat “spillover” and continue to accumulate more belly fat and even develop more ugly pockets of cellulite.
As with most weight loss topics, the contradicting information and research is everywhere when it comes to the subject of nutrient timing and fat loss. The Firm U uses actual science and medical textbooks of Biochemistry & Physiology to end the confusion and free you from the marketing MYTHS.
Stages of Carbohydrate Storage
Stage 1: Immediate Energy Needs: As soon as a carb hits your mouth, you MUST make sure you’re going to burn them off or you have room in your energy tank to store them for later use. Sugar is NOT your body’s primary energy source as you have been told.
Stage 2: Storage in your Muscles & Liver: Next, your body stores carbohydrates as glycogen in the muscle and the liver as a source of energy for movement and daily function. Storage continues until the muscle and/or liver is full.
Stage 3: Carb Based Spillover and Fat Storage: After just a few short days, when energy intake is abundant and little or no energy is expended, muscle and liver stores over fill and your body starts storing the unused carbohydrates as fat.
In other words, if you’re not SMART about your carb intake, your muscles and liver will “fill up” with glycogen. When this happens, every time you consume carbs they’ll start to “spillover” and automatically be stored as fat. The Firm U teaches a lifestyle that ensures that EVERY time you eat you’ll speed up calorie burning, STOP your metabolism from slowing down, and keep your body’s #1 fat burning hormones at healthy levels day in and day out.
Remember, low carb, fad diets may work at first, but over time they can destroy your metabolism and wreak havoc on your fat burning hormones and STOP your body from using fat as fuel.
It is possible to fix your broken metabolism and FORCE lower belly-fat to be your body’s “go to” energy source on a daily, ongoing basis…
Step 1: Avoid Carb-Based Insulin Spikes
When you snack on your favorite high carb foods all by themselves, they immediately SPIKE insulin, which is your body’s primary storage hormone, so it FORCES your body straight into a fat STORING environment.
The digestion of simple carbohydrates begins the second they hit your mouth so your hormones have to properly manage the fast acting carbohydrates properly or you’ll immediately start storing these carbs as fat.
Once your body fat levels are below the OBESE LEVEL (30%) however, there are times when you can intentionally eat on your favorite high carb foods without fat-storage. It’s all part of the easy to apply carb cycling strategy we teach.
Step 2: STOP Carb Based Fat SPILLOVER
When energy intake is abundant and little or no energy is expended, your muscle and liver storage will over fill, and the body starts storing the unused energy as fat. The allowed daily carb amount accepted by the scientific community is 100-120g/day in a non exercising person.
So ANY and ALL impact carbs you eat above this amount will “spill over” and be stored on your body as ugly adipose tissue (i.e. fat).
If you understand how your physiology works, you can eat your favorite carbs and NEVER have to worry about storing them as fat on your body.
But if you don’t, you’ll consistently suffer from carb-based fat “spillover” and continue to accumulate more belly fat, develop chronic health conditions and even develop ugly pockets of cellulite.
Step 3: STOP Eating Carbs at the WRONG Times
Carb timing confusion is one of the primary reasons that 95% of the population gains their weight back after following ANY type of diet.
But when you consume your favorite carbs at the right times , you’ll NEVER have to worry about them making you thicker and fatter ….or diabetic.
THE FIRM U trainers are masters at timing carb intake to LIMIT fat-spillover and KEEP a body burning fat. See The BioFirm System for complete explanation of how we do it.
Unfortunately, most people (especially over 40 years old) have been misled by clever marketing disguised as science so they’ll continue to depend on commercial diets, consume carbs the wrong way, wreak havoc on their metabolisms, suppress their fat-burning hormones, and STOP their body from using fat as fuel – WITHOUT even knowing it.
WARNING: THE FIRM U PRINCIPLES ARE DEFINITELY NOT FOR EVERYONE!
If you think CRASH dieting and cutting carbs and spending your valuable time trying to lose weight using cardio workouts is the only way to get your dream body, then the Firm U method is not for you.
Our method, however, is scientifically proven, it’s unusually efficient, and it’s one of the easiest and safest ways to visually SEE your body change and health drastically improve.