The Role Insulin Plays in Obesity

Perhaps you’ve been overweight for a long time. Once there may have been a time when you could drop pounds pretty easily, if you sharply cut your caloric intake. You’d gain the weight back but, at least at the price of hunger, you could shed it again. Then, although your weight continued to yo-yo up and down, you began to notice that the yo-yo went up easily, but getting it to fall down again got harder and harder.

Now you may be simply unable to drop pounds. If you are at that stage, it means that you have a metabolic disorder and insulin has closed the trap. Because you have been eating too many refined carbohydrates, your pancreas (the organ that secretes insulin) has become so efficient that just a touch of blood sugar will release a flood of the hormone. Insulin is needed to transport glucose (blood sugar) to your cells, where it is either used for immediate energy, stored as a future source of energy or stored as fat. Your body only requires so much energy, so the higher your levels of insulin, the more fat is stored. In later stages of the metabolic disorder, it takes more and more insulin to transport glucose, which translates into more and more body fat. (For more on the connection of carbohydrates, insulin and excess weight, see The Path to Diabetes.)
To bring down your insulin levels and take control of your weight, you’re going to need the Atkins Nutritional Approach™. This three-pronged program includes a controlled carbohydrate eating plan, exercise and nutritional supplementation.

Try Keto – The Atkins® Way

Atkins keto plans are more flexible and more personalized to provide a long-term plan for reaching your goals. Our free tools can help you even further.

Get Started

Learn More About Low Carb Articles & Research

Easy Meals to Make Ahead and Freeze

In our busy lives, planning and preparing three meals a day can be quite stressful. ESPECIALLY if you’re practicing social distancing, have kids home from school and have to think about multiple meal options throughout the day for picky eaters. Well, don’t stress! We’ve prepared a list of make-ahead freezer meals you can prep in

Read More »

List of Foods You Can Eat on Keto

Atkins is a type of ketogenic diet—a nutrition plan that’s high in fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbs. The goal of a low carb diet is to help you lose weight more efficiently by reaching ketosis, which is a metabolic state in which your body burns fat instead of carbohydrates for fuel. Consuming

Read More »

A Week of the Keto Diet: 7-Day Keto Meal Plan

The goal of a ketogenic diet—a nutrition plan high in fats and low in carbs—is to help you lose weight more efficiently by achieving ketosis. Ketosis is when your metabolism starts to burn fat for fuel instead of carbs and sugar. Atkins is a ketogenic diet, but unlike the standard keto diet, Atkins is less

Read More »