It’s real. It happens when we eat more calories than we burn. It may be just a small surplus, but it can add up over a long period of time. Our body is smart. It stores the extra calories as fat in adipose tissue for times of scarcity. But scarcity rarely comes in modern western societies. So our adipose tissue grows and grows.
Depending on our genetics (and other factors) the adipose tissue has a limit as to how much extra energy it’s willing to store. Eventually the adipose tissue starts saying “no thanks” as the blood glucose comes by asking to be stored. Where is that extra glucose gonna go? Well, to make a very long story short, it gets stored as fat in your muscles, in your liver, and eventually in your pancreas. These are places it doesn’t belong. We call this kind of fat: visceral and ectopic fat. And it messes with your metabolism. Big time. It’s energy toxicity. Once the pancreas is affected, Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed. It can take decades to develop and you may not even notice any changes in how you feel. Your doctor likely won’t mention it until it’s already been many years in the making.
We humans evolved to be rather short-sighted so we care less about the distant future than feeling good now. We love eating. Food tastes good. It’s just that too much food sends energy to the wrong places in your body. (just like this guy who’s pouring fuel under the hood of his car)
It’s way easier to make a difference in the trajectory of your health by intervening earlier in this process than to wait for an obvious problem to develop.
But, you knew that, didn’t you?
Fact is: in this modern consumer culture, making changes to how we take care of our bodies is hard. Sometimes really hard! For a lot of reasons.
But it’s absolutely do-able, and if you have the support you need, it can even be fun. And deeply fulfilling. That’s what I love to help people with.