One scroll through your Instagram feed and a hundred pictures of mouth-watering foods show up! Lip-smacking and gorgeous-looking desserts make for excellent photos. One filter was added and we’re good to go. Sharing the picture with the whole world and telling everyone that we have willingly, happily consumed oodles of sugar and are on the way to becoming fat. Yes, that’s right. Those Instagram-worthy desserts will sure as hell garner lots of likes and make you an Insta-celebrity, but have you thought about what that sugar will do to your body?
Let’s see how sugar works after entering your body to understand why we must consume less of it. The first question that pops into our mind is that, How does sugar make you fat if there’s no fat in it?
Have you ever heard of the hormone Insulin? It is one of the key hormones that regulate human metabolism and energy use. Insulin is secreted by the pancreas, then travels in the blood to peripheral cells like muscle cells. Insulin is a major hormone in the body, and is released in high levels anytime you ingest what would be considered a “simple” carbohydrate, which would include, but not be limited to fruit juice, white bread, white rice, bagels, croissants, pretzels, doughnuts, wafers, waffles, corn chips, cornflakes, cake, jelly beans, sugary drinks, cakes, beer, and anything that has high fructose corn syrup on the nutritional label.
Two actions occur when the insulin levels are spiked. First, the body’s fat-burning process is shut down so that the sugar that has just been ingested can be immediately used for energy. Then, insulin takes all that sugar and puts it into your muscles. Well, not quite!
Actually, most of us, except those Ironman sorts of athletes and those regularly working out, walk around with fairly full energy stores in the muscles buying on bestlegalsteroids.co. As soon as the muscle's energy stores are full, the excess sugars are converted to fat and, just like the fatty acids released from the liver, fats are stored as adipose tissue on our waistline. (Ugh..now, you understand, why exactly you do not have the flat belly) But that’s not all. After the blood sugar has been reduced by going into the muscles or being converted to fat in the liver, the feedback mechanism that tells the body to stop producing insulin is slightly delayed, so blood sugar levels fall even lower, below normal measurements. This causes an immediate increase in appetite, which is usually remedied by eating more food.
The production of a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol triggers the release of stored sugar from the liver to bring blood sugar levels back up, which, combined with the meal you eat from your appetite increase, begins the entire “fat storage, metabolic decrease” process over again. It’s a vicious cycle.
So you see, all the carbs and sugars you consume trigger a weight-gaining mechanism in your body while you have been under the impression that only consumption of fats was evil! Those of us who have a sedentary lifestyle and are mostly sitting down throughout the day and still consuming doughnuts and cupcakes, a warning for you. You might want to stop unless you want to become Little Miss/Mister Chubby!
Sugar and carb consumption is harmless when done right after working out, because then you’re quite depleted and the insulin won’t contribute to fat storage, rather it will build muscles. This is because after you work out, your muscles are depleted of glycogen and the sugar you consume will serve to restore that glycogen in your muscles. So no fat gaining! To stay healthy, we must follow a simple rule. Less sugar, more exercise. It’s as simple as that!