Insulin sensitivity is critical if you want to reshape your body. If your insulin sensitivity is lackluster, so can be your ability to drop unwanted pounds and destroy stubborn fat.

In a nutshell, if your insulin sensitivity is not as high as it can be, your body has to realize more insulin in order to bring the sugar out of your bloodstream and into the cells for use. This results in excess sugar in the cells which are then stored as fat.

Of course you do not want to store excess fat as this is frustrating and prevents you from rocking the body you want.

The crux of insulin sensitivity is, the more resistant you are to your own insulin, the more insulin resistant you become. It is a vicious cycle that leaves men and women unhappy with their body and frustrated with the inability to make it change regardless of diet and exercise habits.

There are a variety of things an individual can do to minimize insulin resistance and start watching that unsightly fat fly off the body.

One of the first things you can do to improve insulin sensitivity is to lose those excess pounds you’ve been carrying around. As I said, the more resistant you are, the more resistant you become. So when you shed pounds, your insulin sensitivity improves and this will help you drop more weight and so on and so forth.

You’ll have to make a concerted effort to drop those pounds. It will not happen overnight, just as you did not gain the excess weight overnight. We live in a world of wanting instant gratification, but when it comes to weight loss, slow and steady wins the race. Be patient and give your body the opportunity to adjust to your new eating and exercise habits.

The second thing you need to do to minimize insulin resistance and drop those pounds and shed the fat are workout on a regular basis. There are no shortcuts to having the body you want. You have to put in the time, energy, and effort.

Not only do you need to do cardio (this helps your heart and can torch calories), you also need to engage in strength training. There are many men and women who shy away from weights because they think they will bulk up. This is categorically not true as long as you are not taking testosterone and overeating.

Lifting weights builds lean muscle mass. Lean muscle improves insulin sensitivity, increases your metabolic rate, and burns fat. So start lifting and watch as your body transforms.

Lastly get enough sleep! When you don’t get enough sleep, you set your body to hold onto excess weight. Without proper sleep, you are fighting an uphill battle. Getting more sleep, unlike improving diet and exercise, does not require will power, discipline, and work. You simply need to decide to go to bed a little bit earlier. Turn off the TV and get those ZZZZZZs. If you do, you will improve your body’s ability to drop weight, shed fat, and become more sensitive to insulin.