Glucagon, like insulin, comes from your pancreas. Its job is to look out for high blood sugar levels. You get high blood sugar levels when you don’t eat for three of four hours. It’s at that point glucagon taps up his buddy the liver, to release some energy until the next meal time.
But here’s the biggie. Don’t eat for four or five hours and it’s your muscle tissue that’s processed for fuel.
This is why you hear about crash diets not being great for you. Your body goes in to ‘famine’ mode, and doesn’t just burn your fat. It reduces your muscle mass too.
Once you know this, it’s easy to see why it’s so important to eat every three or four hours.
You can see now why Glucagon is known as the fat-burning hormone and insulin is known as the fat-storage hormone…