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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Simply Slim Part 1 of 4

Alan in our Global Marketing Department recently wrote the article below for our eNews going to US Franchise Owners. I thought he did such a great job introducing how Bios Life Slim helps our bodies burn fat that I wanted to post it here so more people can see it. Enjoy and learn!

Stewart


Part 1 of 4—Your Perfect Body on the Perfect Diet

The Simple Science of Slim - How Bios Life Slim ignites your personal fat burning zone and fuels your energy.

It’s much easier to gain weight than to lose it. In actuality, it’s not our weight we want to reduce, it’s our size. For example, we don’t buy clothes based on how much we weigh, we buy the clothes that fit our size.
We don’t become slender by losing weight, we slim down by burning away excess fat.
“Diet programs” that promote weight loss actually cause us to lose water and lean muscle—not fat. And when we stop the “program,” we end up gaining that weight back—and usually a little more.
In order to lose fat, it helps to understand how our body stores fat and why it may be hard for our body to let go of the fat that it’s stored.

Perfect Inner Workings Here in Part 1, we’ll see how our perfect body works after eating a perfect meal. Let’s imagine that placed before us is a perfect meal. By perfect, I mean healthy— not something we unwrap, dip in ketchup, and wash down with soda and Oreos.
It doesn’t matter how far from perfection our actual body is, or how fast and fat our last meal was, it’ll help us understand how our body is supposed to work, and our body works best when fed healthy food.
As we eat, our body converts the food into glucose—a simple sugar that travels through our bloodstream. This glucose is food for our cells. Our cells get their energy from glucose—whether it’s a muscle cell, or a brain cell, or a cell in our heart.
Glucose keeps moving through our bloodstream until your body produces a hormone called insulin. As soon as insulin is made by our pancreas, it heads right to little receptor sites on our cells and attaches to them.
Insulin connects to the receptor site, and opens a “door” in the cell so that glucose can come inside and feed the cell. Without insulin, the doors stay closed and no glucose comes inside the cell, so we really need insulin.

Storage Sheds for Glucose If we eat more than we need, our body has a way to handle this problem. Along with our brain cells and muscle cells we also have fat cells. Our cells don’t eat more than they need, so when we have more glucose than our cells need, that excess glucose is stored in our fat cells.
Once the glucose is out of the bloodstream, with the cells having been fed and the excess having been stored away in our fat cells, then insulin closes the doors on your cells, detaches from the cells, and eventually leaves your body.

Food Storage When our body’s cells want to have more energy (glucose), and we don’t have any food handy, our fat cells come to the rescue. The glucose that was stored in them is converted into molecules called Free Fatty Acids.
These Free Fatty Acids can go right back into the bloodstream. They don’t need insulin to open all those doors, they go right in, that’s why we call them Free Fatty Acids. Free Fatty Acids efficiently feed us at the cellular level—we have energy and strength even though there was no glucose.

The simple explanation of this is that our body is burning away stored, excess fat to meet its own needs. That is how your body works in a perfect world. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world eating perfect meals with our perfect body. Most of us store too much fat and don’t burn enough. Part 2 of Simply Slim will tell us how our bodies work with our modern, not-so-healthy diets.

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