What is glucagon? Sounds a bit like glucose… isn’t that sugar? No, NOT to be confused with glucose: GLUCAGON is actually a hormone – like insulin that we discussed last time – and is insulin’s opposite or counter-hormone in that it helps release energy instead of storing it. But why you need to know about glucagon?
What Is Glucagon?
Glucagon is a hormone also released by the pancreas, which plays a big part in keeping your energy levels sufficient when you’re not eating. I have also heard it being named the “fat mobilising hormone”, so this one is key in burning up those soft and squishy fat stores and extra skin pockets we all dream of getting rid of!
What Does It Do?
Glucagon helps to keep blood sugar and energy levels normal between meals by releasing energy from your liver and allowing you to access your body fat stores for energy. When blood sugar levels get low and your body is hungry, glucagon works to release the nutrients that will give you energy until you eat your next meal.
How Does This Affect me?
If you have too much insulin or sugar in your bloodstream, glucagon will not spring into action and we will end up keeping all of our fat stores as fat, and most likely adding to them. This will happen if you’re eating a diet high in sugar, processed white carbohydrates and man-made foods.
Eating a diet of vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar will lead to lower and more consistently released levels of glucose/sugar into the blood and therefore lower levels of insulin – resulting in your glucagon hormone being activated to start the burning of your fat stores…
So, if you eat The Ignite Way you will not only be keeping your energy levels more stable but you’ll also be able to burn more fat, more efficiently.
Take Home Message:
Follow the Ignite Way of Eating to make sure you keep your blood sugar and insulin levels lower and more stable, which will help you to use glucagon to burn up your fat stores. Get burning!