Our eating patterns can influence insulin production and weight gain, and it’s important to give our bodies time to burn energy from food. Most people eat from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed — typically three main meals, multiple snacks, and often soda in between. This pattern leads to chronic high insulin production, which fatigues the insulin receptors. In addition, insulin is a fat storage hormone, and elevated insulin levels lead to fat accumulation in the liver, creating metabolic inflammation.
Your metabolism exists in two states – the “fed” (insulin high) state and the “fasted” (insulin low) state. Either we are storing food energy (increasing storage), or we are burning stored energy (decreasing storage or fat lysis). If we start eating the minute we roll out of bed and do not stop until we go to sleep, we spend almost all our time in the fed state. Over time, we gain weight, because we have not allowed our body time to burn stored food energy.