Fat Storage and How You Can Control It


Fat storage happens because you have signaled to your body, through your actions, that fat should be stored. Fat Storage is almost completely an outcome due to hormones.

Side Note: Fat is “a natural oily or greasy substance occurring in animal bodies, especially when deposited as a layer under the skin or around certain organs.”

You are not a natural oily or greasy substance occurring in animal bodies, stop identifying with it.

Hormones That Trigger Fat Storage

Whether we store energy as fat or not is almost entirely up to hormones in the body. The biggest decider in whether we store fat or not is insulin. Other hormones such as cortisol and estrogen play some roles too, but their impacts on fat storage are dwarfed by insulin.

The main issue is insulin and insulin resistance.

Two major points:

  1. Certain foods trigger insulin more than others.
  2. All foods trigger insulin.

We can use these 2 facts to our advantage in building an effective diet to reduce body fat. First let’s look at what is insulin and insulin resistance.


Insulin, noun. A hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood.

“After food is digested, glucose is released into the bloodstream. In response, the pancreas secretes insulin, which directs the muscle and fat cells to take in glucose.” – www.nih.gov

Insulin will signal putting glucose in your muscles and fat cells. If you are trying to lose fat, the most important thing you can do is to reduce the consumption of foods that trigger insulin.

The “insulin index” charts out how much insulin certain foods trigger compared to others. For an in depth study of the insulin index, check out Dr. Jason Fung’s article here.

Insulin Resistance

Let’s get back to the 2 points earlier:

  1. Certain foods trigger insulin more than others.
  2. All foods trigger insulin.

What does this mean?

1) If what you consume throughout the day is high on the insulin index, you are triggering a lot of insulin.

2) If you eat frequently throughout the day, you are triggering insulin every time you eat, no matter what you eat.

These 2 things can cause insulin resistance over time.

Insulin resistance is built up over time, much like how an alcoholic is less susceptible to alcohol than a new drinker – we could say an alcoholic has developed “alcohol tolerance”.

If we are constantly triggering insulin, the body become less responsive to it, so in turn our pancreas needs to create higher doses of insulin to get the job done. Read all about insulin resistance and it’s role in fat storage in this article.

More Science, Less Struggle

I struggled for many years with fat burning. I would exercise more, cut calories, and resist urges. Some of these tactics would work for a while, but they were not stable.

Resisting urges were not healthy for the mind, and exercising more had little effect because my diet was not based around controlling hormones.

Have you looked into your diet with the hormonal perspective? Here’s a sample low-insulin-index meal to try. 

Hovhannes Mkhitaryan from The LA Trainer

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