Updated: May 28, 2020
Jumu'ah Mubarakah to everyone! Sadly, Ramadhan ends in a couple of days...
As any huge, yearly event involving millions participating worldwide, impacting us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, it wouldn't be too early to evaluate our month long performance right? Specifically on Weight Gain.
Yup you read that right.
Guys, we need to discard the " I eat less, I burn more, I lose weight." This year, we even go vegetarian. Maybe we even track how many calories we burn daily, how many steps we took.
On average every Ramadhan, we lose about 2 to 4kg. Which 2 weeks of feasting will settle up. (Or perhaps #cb Raya will slow down your weight gain?) Confirm end of Syawal, back to square 1. Correct?
Every Single Year we fail to lose and maintain that weight loss. It's time we understood why.
Your weight loss is governed by hormones. Word of the day: Insulin.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta cells of your pancreas. It's secreted in small amounts in response to the food you eat, mainly sugar. Insulin allows your cells to take in blood sugar for energy.
Insulin is also the main fat storage hormone in the body. It converts excess sugar and stores it as fat, and PREVENTS stored fat from being broken down.
Fat don't make you fat, SUGAR makes you fat. Got it?
So, back to insulin. You can't STORE fat and BURN fat at the SAME TIME. Kinda like eating and vomiting, can't do both togedder gedder
So as long as you keep eating, even if just small amounts throughout the day, you will secrete insulin. And insulin prevents you from burning fat. Even worse, after a while, your body will adapt to less food by slowing down your metabolism. So now you're starving AND burning less!
Okay so you cut carbs, cut sugar, increase protein intake. Better? Not really. New word of the day: Gluconeogenesis...
We continue on the next post yeah? Too long already...
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Love, Admin Doula Dil