What is the perfect diet for weight loss and diabetics? What is insulin resistance?
Have you heard but don't understand what is insulin resistance? Are you gaining weight no matter what you try? Are you pre diabetic or been diagnosed as a diabetic (T1 or T2)? Has your appetite always been out of control?
Well watch this fabulous Tedx talk by Dr Sarah Hallberg and see how insulin resistance can be playing a part in all the above conditions. Everyone can benefit from cutting carbs. Not only will it reduce your risk of T2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular risk factors and more importantly, your inflammatory markers are reduced which has huge implications for cancer prevention.
Why are the guidelines still recommending for diabetics to consumes carbohydrates when they are intolerant to them? The message for so long has been "eat whatever you want, then medicate for it". This is such nonsense.
None of us should be eating so many carbs, let alone diabetics. We can have the beginnings of insulin resistance for years, even decades, before we are classed as pre diabetic or T2 diabetic.
Having such high circulating levels of insulin is the problem. High insulin levels leads to insulin resistance. Our cells start to require more and more insulin to function.Finally, an easy to understand explanation for insulin resistance. Are you insulin resistant? Take the test
So now you have watched the talk, lets look again at what insulin resistance is. We are all advised to eat far too many carbs, whether it is 'healthy wholegrain', sweets, ice cream, 'natural' muesli bars, cereals, bread or potatoes.
This constant high level of circulating glucose (which all carbs are converted to) requires more and more insulin to push that glucose into your cells as glycogen. We can only store so much glycogen in our body so the remainder is stored as fat.
Insulin is our fat storing hormone. Remember that again, insulin is our fat storing hormone. So whilst our blood sugars may remain in the healthy range, our body is becoming accustomed to the high levels of insulin and so requires more insulin to be produced over time to lower our blood glucose.
We have become insulin resistant. Our cells no longer respond to our insulin so more must be produced.
"If you walk towards a wall and your belly hits it first, you're probably insulin resistant"
High levels of insulin lead to insulin resistance. So how do we lower our insulin, whether it is made in the body or injected as a Type 1 diabetic? We should ALL be eating low carb meals. Low carb is the best way of eating for everyone to prevent insulin resistance and reduce inflammatory markers, but especially for those with diabetes (T1 and T2).
- If it says "light", "low fat" or "fat free" it must stay in the grocery store - if they took the fat out, they put carbs and chemicals back in
- Eat real food - real food does not come in a box and no one should need a label to tell you it's 'natural'
- Eat when you are hungry. Don't eat when you are not - no matter what the clock says
- No GPS - no grains, potatoes or sugars - most grains are highly processed, high in carbs, fortified
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Further reading ::
- Insulin causes insulin resistance - hormonal obesity :: Intensive Dietary Management
- Insulin resistance and pre diabetes - National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
- 24,000 diabetic deaths a year could be avoided - Zoe Harcombe
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