What comes first – food cravings or fat savings?

Do we get fat because we over-eat or do we over-eat because we are fat?

If you gulp down more calories than you burn in a day, the difference will be deposited in your fat savings. This is simple math, which assumes that you will always burn the fuel you need before stashing the rest away. If life was this simple, we would only get fatter by eating more than we need.

But, as nature has it, fattening up is not so straight forward. Much of our hunger and over-eating results from the body storing useable fuel – calories that we actually need for energy. Insulin is to blame for this happenstance. It keeps hijacking your fuel train.

When you eat in a way that your spikes blood sugar, a surge of insulin races into the blood, and sweeps that food into fat REGARDLESS of whether calories are in excess of your needs, or not. So now, you are left with a hoarding of food in fat savings and no fuel available for your energy demands. It’s a bit like trying to give a good watering to your flowers with one of misting hoses – you know, the ones full of tiny holes. All the water spills out before it reaches the roses.

Think about this analogy. You eat, in order to deliver needed fuel to your brain and body, yet the train keeps getting hijacked. The fuel is still needed though, and so you eat more, hoping that this time the train won’t get hijacked. And again, it does. For most of us, insulin is constantly hijacking the bloodstream of useable energy. It is on the hunt for sugar, and when a fleet of glucose races through the blood, insulin is ready and waiting. It scoops it up – along with whatever else you’ve just eaten – and fills up fat cells.

When the bloodstream train reaches its destinations without the needed fuel, your brain freaks out. “Again…?!” And the alarm bells ring, and cortisol comes running – with its army of carbohydrate cravings.

The only way to stop this cycle of fat and hungry, hungry and fat…is to jam a stick in the spokes. That stick is called balanced blood sugar. It is the only way to get insulin to stop spiking.

So what do you think?