Insulin, my friends, insulin. And here’s why….
This you may know. You probably also know that the glucose in your blood comes from eating carbohydrates.
What you may don’t know is that insulin isn’t being secreted all the time. It is produced in waves or pulses.
So what does this all mean?
This means that:
Why does the pancreas need advance notice?
It takes 20 minutes for insulin to have any significant effect on blood-sugar.
Without the advance notice, and the pancreas’ early warning system, a heavy carb meal could result in symptoms of hyperglycemia:
So, is this is a good thing?
Here’s the bad news.
This first wave of insulin secretion has also been described as increasing the “metabolic background of hunger.” As the insulin grabs hold of the blood-sugar and stores it away for later use, it also shuts down the release of body-fat as fuel.
Temporarily, this leaves your body starved for nutrients. You can’t use the energy from the meal or the fat from your love handles. Ooops.
As a result of this, you get hungry!
As a result of this, that meal starts to look better and taste better. And that’s why you keep making trips to the buffet. Your body is searching for energy. More importantly, it’s fuel of choice is sugar…fast absorbing sugar.
After some time, your metabolic system does balance out, and nutrients are released to be used as fuel and your hunger decreases.
So What Does This Have To Do With My Carb Addiction?
And this is a best case scenario.
I am not even going to discuss how this pattern of overeating carbs can and does lead to Type 2 Diabetes. I will save that discussion for another day.