How Hormone-Sensitive Lipase Works:
When there is less sugar in your bloodstream, less insulin is produced by your pancreas.
Scientists now know that when insulin levels drop, something called "Hormone Sensitive Lipase" or HSL rises in your body. This process is literally a fat burning switch.
HSL transforms stored triglycerides into free fatty acids. In simple terms, when your body needs energy, and insulin is not present, HSL will take a triglycerol molecule and break it apart freeing up a diglyceride and a fatty acid.
According to Jonny Bowden, PhD, "HSL literally dissolves the stored fat that you have....into smaller components called fatty acids, which your body then burns for energy. HSL is what unlocks the doors to your fat cells."
Bowden says that HSL and insulin function like a "see-saw" meaning when one goes up the other goes down.
Most people have way too much glucose in their bloodstream for HSL to be present and working its magic. Their diet literally shuts off this fat burning switch.
Consumption of sugar triggers insulin production. But so does the consumption of many foods that we consider healthy or that are commonly eaten. For example whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals, brown rice, pasta, potatoes and corn all send your insulin levels up.
Fat Burning, Myth Busting Workshop
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The webinar is hosted by PEERtrainer founder Jackie Wicks, and features nutritionist JJ Virgin, PhD. She explains how a very simple rebalancing (or nutritional cleanse) helps to promote the set of hormones in your body that take your fat and turn them into fuel.
The webinar teaches you everything you need to know to do this. One tip we have for you, is that you really need keep an open mind about what is taught here. In our experience, so many people are so focused on just calorie counting and exercising.
The most important point to make is that if you eat the wrong calories, you are going to shut off hormones like HSL, the one described in this blog post. We emphasize this, because it seems that we are all totally conditioned to think in terms of just portion control and exercise.
Even when we teach the exact science of fat burning, people seem to not believe it. There is probably a psychological explanation for this. Hopefully this caveat will help you make better use of this great information!