Understanding Insulin Sensitivity
Does it seem that sometimes no matter how clean you have been eating and all the training you have been doing, you still can’t shed some of that stubborn body fat? Or are you trying to gain lean mass, and eating a calorie surplus isn’t putting on lean muscle, but simply adding body fat? It is frustrating to not see the desired outcome from all the hard work you’ve been putting in, and making matters worse, if you’ve been dieting for too long or incorrectly, you may have not only stubbornly clung onto body fat, but lost some lean mass in the process. The result? A softer looking physique, slowed metabolism and that remaining stubborn fat. Well, the answer for why you may be at a sticking point could very well be what is known as insulin sensitivity (or lack thereof), a topic that unfortunately few health and fitness professionals understand or are familiar with.
You see, insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store for future use. Insulin helps keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia) and is one of the most powerful, anabolic hormones in the human body. Ideally, when it causes this glucose to be stored, it is in the form of muscle glycogen, but on the flip side of the coin is the nasty possibility of it storing this glucose as body fat. This is especially the reality when someone isn’t sensitive to insulin, also known as “insulin resistant”.
There are many tissues in the body that demand a significant amount of glucose, and essentially, insulin is the key that unlocks the door for this glucose to enter these tissues. The largest demand for insulin is in muscle tissue and fat tissue, with the liver requires small amounts of insulin as well. When someone becomes insulin resistant, these tissues, namely the muscle, become ‘dumb’ to insulin and don’t respond to insulin the same way it used to. In response, the body has to secrete higher amounts of insulin, resulting in a condition known as hyperinsulinemia.
This condition of hyperinsulinemia is a dangerous condition for many tissues, simply because elevated insulin concentrations in the blood act as potent signals for cell growth. On the positive side, when your muscle cells are receptive to insulin, it means muscle growth, but the reality is if you’re insulin resistant, it means that it is the fat cells that are rapidly growing. This insulin resistance can be caused by a variety of factors and is still being researched, but what has been confirmed is that it is increased in correlation with higher body fat and body weight. This means that adding insult to injury in a way, the more body fat you have, the more likely you are to store extra calories as body fat rather than muscle.
Reversing Your Fortunes
The good news is that research as indicated that you can reverse this insulin resistance by losing body fat and by performing intense workouts. This is also where SlinMax can come in and play a large role. Not only does is help your body utilize carbohydrates, but it also contains a clinically backed dosage of Berberine.
Berberine is an underutilized star in the supplement industry, being a plant photochemical that’s found in several different plants, including goldenseal, European barberry, phellodendron, goldthread, Oregon grape, and tree turmeric. It possesses powerful anti-diabetic properties, as well as being anti-bacterial and immune system enhancing. It can regulate blood glucose, increase insulin sensitivity as well as metabolizing fats (burning fat). Berberine has been widely studied, with nearly 1000 studies published on it in the last 5 years alone. There is also a body of evidence supporting it’s efficacy in lowering blood-glucose and increasing insulin sensitivity for both humans and animals.
In fact, recent research has indicated that Berberine is both safe and effective for the treatment of insulin resistance and is even powerful enough to be compared to that of the prescription drug Metformin. It has been indicated that Berberine taken by itself lowered fasting blood glucose concentrations by 21% to 36%, comparable to the effects of Metformin (1).
One other study examined the blood glucose lowering effects of Berberine. It was found that fasting blood glucose was down as much as 30% and post eating blood glucose was down as much as 45% after 3 months of use when combined with a structured diet (2). Additionally, unlike the prescription Metformin, there was no gastrointestinal distress experienced by the users and provided better fat metabolism as an added bonus.
SlinMax – The Gateway for Insulin Sensitivity
As you can see, SlinMax is unlike any other product out there and was designed to take a completely different approach for those eating to put on lean mass or dieting to lose unwanted body fat. By having optimal insulin sensitivity, you’ll not only encourage carbohydrates to go where you want them to (muscle), but prevent them from going where you don’t (fat). Take a smarter approach to getting the body you desire with PerforMax Labs SlinMax.
- Learning from berberine: Treating chronic diseases through multiple targets. Yao, Jing. 9, September 2015, Science China Life Sciences, Vol. 58, pp. 854-859.
- Efficacy of Berberine in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Yin, J. 5, May 2008, Journal of Metabolism, Vol. 57, pp. 712-717.