What is Insulin Efficiency?

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Insulin efficiency does not mean diabetes. Insulin efficiency is fundamentally important to everyone, diabetic or not. Insulin efficiency means using the very least amount of insulin possible to get the job done. We can all be more efficient.

Insulin is an energy storage hormone, and is responsible for carrying glucose (blood sugar), your body’s primary source of fuel, into your cells, where it is burned for energy. Insulin is also the hormone your body uses to store fat. After insulin carries enough glucose into your cells to meet their needs, it takes whatever glucose is left over and carries it off to be stored as fat.

When you don’t use your insulin efficiently,  your body requires an over-sized amount of insulin to function properly.  This results in insulin levels being higher than they need to be. The more insulin, the more fat storage. When you gain weight, and even naturally as you age, your cells begin building a resistance to insulin, which means you need even more insulin to get the job done which leads to even more fat storage.

You can see how having too much insulin would be a problem.

This is also why gaining insulin efficiency is so important to meeting your fitness goals. When your insulin efficiency is high, you need less insulin and consequently store less fat.

Of course, the results of insulin resistance (the lack of insulin efficiency) can be much more dire than love handles. Insulin resistance leads to a higher risk of a host of health problems, including:

  • Cancer
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney Disease
  • Dementia
  • and a Diminished Quality of Life

These outcomes are not in question; the medical evidence is irrefutable.

Moreover, high insulin levels can mess up communication between your body and your brain. The signals that tell us if we’re hungry or full and about levels of fat storage are blocked. As a result, your body thinks its energy balance is too low (you’re starving) and tells your body to do whatever it can to increase energy stores. You end up feeling hungry even when you’re not, and feeling tired or lethargic because your body thinks you need to conserve energy. Your body will be making fat when it should be burning the fuel for energy.

And that’s not the only problem with the communication breakdown. Higher than necessary insulin levels lead to a screw-up in the reward center of your brain, leading you to feel better when you eat sugary and fatty foods and even continuing to get a “food high” when you’re body should be already satisfied.

When combined, these two problems are a recipe for overeating, being less active, and eating unhealthy foods.

That’s why the Olumia Life program works! It’s specifically designed to improve insulin efficiency, and hence insulin levels. It uses a specific variety, order, and progression of exercise along with improvements in nutrition and sleep. When insulin levels are optimized, your body receives the right signals at the right time-fat storage is less and energy levels are higher.

If you’ve tried other approaches to health and fitness and they haven’t worked out over the long term, perhaps that’s why: They didn’t deal with the fundamental underlying issue of insulin efficiency.

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