Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Glucagon and Aging - Breakfast How Not To Start The Day Part III


A question from one of our readers:

Dr. Mericle,

With respect to burning "fat" energy in the mornings before eating, what if you are not a long distance runner? The average person is not, particularly someone who is overweight. A typical run for me in my current condition is 2-3 miles. Would I still be burning fat with a 25-30 min. jog?

JoLee

Answer: Yes, you would still be burning fat as long as youstay in a glucagon state.

This is a very good question since most people today don't runat all -much less even 2-3 miles a day. This touches on one ofthe most important aspects of the MericleDiet and exerciseas it relates to weight loss. Exercise for your immune system,but don't rely on exercise to lose weight and or keep weight off. Even running seven miles a day is not enough to burnany significant calories.

Back to the glucagon state of energy utilization

In the last newsletter I discussed the importance of enteringa glucagon state for some part of every day. For me,running helps as it is a real distraction, something I do every day and I have my own rule of never eating before I run.The reason for not eating is that it is a lot easier to run in a state of energy utilization (glucagon) , not energy storage (insulin). Usually in hot weather I will run first thing in the morning. This actually shortens my glucagon phase ascompared to running in the late afternoon. Usually if it ishot and I run early, I will try not to eat when I get backfrom the run until noon at the earliest. This gives me at least four or five hours in a glucagon state -higher energylevels and I get a lot more done. If you are going to eatearly in the day, it is best to eat low on the glycemic index.Organic fruit, carrot or celery sticks and fresh organicsalads are good choices.

You don't need to exercise to enter a glucagon state

Exercise can help to get you into a glucagon phase but is not necessary. All you really have to do is not go into an insulinstate by eating. Most of us are going to eat something duringmost days but it is optimal if you can limit the time of foodingestion to the mid-day hours, noon to 6:pm or so. You will have a good glucagon phase in the morning and not goto bed on a large load of insulin in the evening. As mentionedpreviously, hyperinsulinism is implicated in many of our serious lifestyle illnesses.

Dr. Roy Walford and caloric restriction

It may seem hard to believe, but during periods of starvationduring WWII, those who had their caloric intake reduced, had improvement in diseases such as heart disease and cancer.It was also noted that they did not age as much. This hasbeen studied by the late Dr. Roy Walford, who was part of theBiosphere. There is no question that calorically restrictedmice age much more slowly than those who are allowed to eatwhat they want. Dr. Walford also made the point that the calories that are eaten must be "nutritionally dense." Thisis also one of the premises of the MericleDiet. I don't want to suggest that one live a life of caloric restriction,but there is no doubt that reducing your caloric intake andnot eating as often or as much will improve your health and slow your aging.

Insulin Glucagon Aging

Somewhere in the basic premise of caloric restriction andretarded aging is the yin and yang of human energy management -Glucagon and Insulin. Too much of either is not good and as noted previously, most people in Americahave way too much insulin. If you want to feel better andlook better while you age more slowly, think glucagon,not insulin. Try to achieve "balance" between them. If you spend four hours a day in an insulin state, try to spend at least as much time in a glucagon state.

Conclusion

Understanding how glucagon and insulin affect your health and your weight is one of the most important concepts one can learn. Not only will you be able to work better, feelbetter and control your weight more easily, there now is impressive evidence that restricting your insulin secretionby reducing your frequency and quantity of feedings willretard aging.

Reference:

Dr. Walford and Caloric Restriction
http://www.walford.com
Stryer Biochemistry Fourth Edition
Thanks for your time.

Copyright John Mericle M.D. All Rights Reserved

For more information on the MericleDiet or to signup for Dr. Mericle's Newsletter click on the link below.

http://www.DrMericle.com


MORE RESOURCES:

CBS News

New Weight Loss Drug Saxenda: FAQ
WebMD
24, 2014 -- A drug that treats type 2 diabetes has gotten FDA approval for another use: weight loss. Saxenda is the fourth drug for weight loss OK'd by the agency since 2012. It's already available in a lower dose as Victoza for type 2 diabetes ...
New weight-loss drug wins FDA approvalCBS News
Saxenda Approved for Weight LossU.S. News & World Report
New Weight Loss Drug Approved By FDA: Compare Diet Pills, Diets, And ...The Inquisitr
News-Medical.net -Medscape -Bloomberg
all 126 news articles »


MLive.com

Kalamazoo couple turns weight loss surgery into a joint project and loses 350 ...
MLive.com
Through the years, they both tried weight loss plans, even dieting together before they got married. But, diets never really seemed to work. "I've tried Weight Watchers and Atkins and just low-cal and low-fat. I did Weight Watchers maybe six times. I'd ...



KABC-TV

Weight-loss supplements pose major health risks, study says
KABC-TV
But a new Consumer Reports survey of about 3,000 Americans shows one in four has used weight loss supplements. The survey also found more than 90 percent couldn't lose the weight they wanted and keep it off. About half reported at least one side effect ...



Fox News

The 10 biggest food and weight loss stories of 2014
Fox News
I can't believe it's been a year since I compiled my last round-up, but it's that time again! As a research junkie, I think this year's crop of studies in the areas of nutrition and weight management have been particularly fascinating. Here are my top ...
10 Biggest Food and Weight Loss Stories of 2014TIME

all 2 news articles »


Weight Loss Post-Holiday – It's That Time Of Year!
The Inquisitr
It comes this time each year – a realization of the need for post-holiday weight loss. Christmas is past, favorite carols are fading, and the New Year's Holiday is looming. In a few days, the last holiday empty cookie tray will get tossed, the fruit ...



Dallas Morning News (blog)

Dallas Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey credits weight loss of 25 to 30 pounds this ...
Dallas Morning News (blog)
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey (92) rushes Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the Houston Texans vs. the Dallas Cowboys NFL football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

and more »


Sanford opens weight loss center
AberdeenNews.com
Profile was designed using a large amount of clinical research to ensure a sustainable means to healthy weight loss, according to the release. A clinical and scientific advisory board comprised of Sanford Health physicians and researchers oversaw the ...

and more »


Bidness ETC

FDA Approves New Weight-Loss Drug
Philly.com
(HealthDay News) -- A new, injectable weight-loss drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency on Tuesday approved Saxenda (liraglutide) for adults who are obese or for those who are overweight and have at least one ...
Novo Nordisk (NVO) Wins FDA Nod For Weight-Loss InjectionBidness ETC
New Weight Loss Drug Saxenda Approved By FDAHeadlines & Global News
FDA Formally Clears New Injectable Weight Loss DrugViral Global News
Healio
all 12 news articles »


Healthy snacks can equal weight loss
Quad City Times
Need some snack ideas that will help you lose weight in the new year? Finding simple, tasty food options that won't break the calorie bank doesn't have to be so hard. Healthy snacking is actually just that: healthful. Snacking is a great pick-me-up ...



2 Post Holiday Weight Loss Tips That Work!
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Get some exercise. The very next day, get up and take a walk. You have 24 hours to do some damage control. Your body stores glucose in your muscles for energy if you don't use it then it will be moved and deposited in your fat storage (AKA hips, thighs ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.