Insulin Sensitivity refers to how well your body responds to the hormone Insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps regulate the amount of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream. When we eat, our body releases Insulin to help transport glucose from the bloodstream into our cells where it can be used for energy or stored for later use.
Insulin (im)balance shows up in our upper and lower backs (love handles).
Upper Back – An excess of body fat here shows you do not manage carbs well. Poor sleep hygiene, genetics and eating too low carbs can all affect this site also.
Love Handles – Shows the person is not eating enough high quality protein and healthy fats and consuming too many carbs. Skipping meals and the wrong style of workouts can affect this also.
How well you manage Insulin is determined by many factors including:
- Diet – Food Combinations, Meal Timing & Frequency
- Artificial Sweetener Consumption
- Digestion & Gut Health
- Type of Exercise or Lack There Of
- Stress Levels
- Sleep Quality
Improving or balancing Insulin levels involves addressing all of the factors that influence Insulin (see list above) and not just one thing or another. It’s a combination of many things.
Eating a balanced and nutrient-dense diet that supports Insulin (higher healthy fats & quality protein), engaging in regular physical activity, managing stress levels through mindfulness practices or other stress-reducing techniques, prioritizing good sleep habits, and taking steps to address any underlying health conditions that may affect insulin, such as inflammation or hormonal imbalances will lead you to become Insulin Sensitive.
Take the first step at optimizing your own health and well-being by getting started with our 4 Week Slimmer Waist Program that is designed to help improve Insulin levels. This is a self done program but gives you meal plans and guidelines to follow for 4 weeks.