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Put your Metabolism into Spring by Eating to Increase Glucagon

Glucagon is a hormone you probably haven’t heard a lot about, but it plays a major role in breaking down fat and allowing your body to have the right energy levels. Glucagon counterbalances insulin, and is also produced in the pancreas, along with insulin. While insulin has the job of helping nutrients get into cells, the job of glucagon is to release the stored nutrients to be used for energy as needed.

Glucagon promotes the release of stored glucose from the liver and the release of free fatty acids from your fat store. Therefore, this hormone actually breaks down fat. Since glucagon counterbalances insulin, they aren’t present at the same time. The pancreas either is releasing insulin in response to sugar or releasing glucagon in response to protein foods. However, neither is released when nonstarchy vegetables and fats are consumed. The ratio between insulin and glucagon determines whether food is used as building materials and fuel or stored as fat. A higher proportion of glucagon means that more food is used as building material or fuel.

A high carbohydrate diet will cause people to overproduce insulin and not enough glucagon. You can heal your metabolism and encourage glucagon to burn fat by balancing your insulin. When you eat natural fats and adequate amounts of protein, eliminate refined carbohydrates and exercise, you naturally increase your levels of glucagon, which encourages your body to use nutrients as fuel and building blocks for muscle and other important tissues in your body and to not store them as fat.

The following factors increase glucagon:

  • Diet low in sugar and low blood sugar
  • Exercise
  • Increased blood amino acid levels (eating protein)
  • Protein foods

The following factors decrease glucagon:

  • Free fatty acids in the blood (from too much sugar)
  • Frequent meals
  • High blood sugar
  • Insulin
  • Refined carbohydrates in diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle

How Exercise Can Affect Your Weight

How Exercise Can Affect Your Weight

How many of you are not a fan of exercise or have trouble getting started? Or do you start an exercise regimen only to stop after a few weeks? I know it can be difficult to maintain, but it is important to make yourself exercise because it dramatically enhances your hormone balance and positively affects your energy, endurance and stamina. It’s difficult to imagine the benefits, but once you get started and stick with a program, you’ll start to experience them and then you’ll be a believer, too.

Exercise plays a key role in reversing insulin resistance, increasing activity of glucagon, a fat-burning hormone, increasing testosterone and DHEA and increasing natural HGH. It is also connected to improving cortisol balance. When people are not exercising, it is easy for these important hormones to be out of balance and create a scenario to gain weight.

In addition to hormone balance, exercise increases the amount of endorphins, natural morphine-like biochemicals that help you handle stress and improve your mood. It also raises the brain’s level of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that makes you happy.

If I still haven’t convinced you to get moving, here are even more benefits:

  • Keeps your blood sugar stable
  • Controls your weight
  • Controls your appetite
  • Keeps your bones strong
  • Prevents cancer
  • Improves joint function
  • Reduces the risk of stroke
  • Prevents urinary incontinence

I recommend a mix of interval training, strength training and yoga for the best hormone balancing results. Check out chapter 17 of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hormone Weight Loss for more information on these exercises and for step-by-step instructions for functional movement exercises.

So start exercising today. For your health and happiness!