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Glucagon

Glucagon is another hormone secreted by the pancreas. It performs the exact opposite function of insulin—it melts fat. Don’t you love this hormone already? In the presence of glucose, your pancreas releases insulin. But in the absence of sugar (if your blood sugar is very low and you haven’t eaten for 5 to 6 hours), glucagon is secreted. Why? Because your tissues need sugar and energy. In turn, glucagon pulls sugars out of storage—first from the liver, and then from fatty tissues to raise your blood glucose level.

About GlucagonIf you have little glucagon, you will become fat. Excessive glucagon production can occur in the case of a pancreatic tumor, but that’s another matter.

When glucagon metabolizes your fat into energy, you lose weight. When food is available, glucagon production is inhibited. In other words, you can never lose weight as long as you continue to eat, since your body has enough nutrients. How did our modern diet mess up glucagon secretion? It’s simple: glucagon production is inhibited every time insulin is present in your bloodstream. Insulin and glucagon are like night and day; they can’t be present at the same time in the bloodstream because they have opposing actions.

Since most Americans overproduce insulin, their glucagon levels are also screwed up.
Glucagon is always inhibited, and for this reason, many of us struggle with our weight. That’s why low-fat diets won’t keep you thin for long periods of time—because you’ll always be hungry. Here’s the good news: the Perfect 10 Diet will help you boost your glucagon levels.

When you eat natural fats and protein, and avoid bad carbs, your insulin secretion is regulated. It follows that your glucagon will also be regulated, and you’ll lose weight. It seems completely counterintuitive that eating fat will help you lose fat, but it’s true. You’ve been taught to fear fat all your life, but you have to change the way you think so you can start to melt the pounds the smart and easy way.