“The success of ANY diet will be determined by the degree in which it lowers insulin production… period!”So I decided to test this theory with my own “Excess Calorie/Low Insulin Study.” If weight loss could be achieved by “cutting calories” then weight gain should be possible by increasing calories. In this informal test I started by increasing my calorie intake from (3100 to 4100) and increasing the number of carbs and corresponding insulin needed to “cover” those carbs. (I do not make insulin making me the perfect person to accurately test this theory) To accurately measure the effects of carbs, sweet potato was measured and used to add additional carbs to the High Insulin Test Diet. Interpretation: Simply increasing calories from 3100 to 4100 calories per day should have caused weight gain on the Low Insulin Diet… It did not! On the other hand, in the “High Insulin Diet,” while the caloric intake was the same I gained 6.5lbs. Why? Because insulin is the body’s primary fat building hormone and I tripled the amount of insulin to cover the higher level of carbs. Insulin…not calories causes weight gain. Furthermore, the epic failure of the “low calorie/low fat diet” was fully exposed in the Women’s Health Initiative Dietary Modification Study. Nearly 50,000 women embarked on a 7-year, low-fat, calorie restricted diet. The results: the diet produced NO benefits in weight loss, heart disease risk, cancer or stroke—why would you starve yourself for 7 years with no beneficial outcomes? It simply does not work and studies like this litter the nutritional landscape yet for reasons of price, prejudice and profit we bury, or do not report, these findings. So if a “semi-starved/low fat diet” is not the answer then how about exercise? While exercise is highly beneficial from a health perspective, the results as a weight loss tool are unimpressive and often overhyped. Study out of the British Health Foundation (2012) showed that from 1997-2008 regular exercise by citizens in the United Kingdom increased from 32% to 39% in men and 21% to 29% in women. The result: no effect on obesity at all. A recent eight-country survey showed that American’s exercised the most—135 days per year compared to a global average of 112 days. The Dutch came in the lowest at 93 days per year. So the Dutch should weigh more right? The Dutch and Italians experienced less than 1/3 of the obesity rates as Americans. The bottom line: In order to achieve lasting weight loss you must address two things:
- The Overproduction of Insulin — specific foods, lifestyle choices and stress all contribute to the overproduction of insulin
- Reset Your Body Set Weight Point (BSW) — Every person has a “Body Set Weight Point” that dictates their default weight. Your weight may temporarily drop below that weight as you embark on the next great TV diet (Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast, Jenny Craig etc) but in the end your body will decrease its metabolism and increase hunger signals to bring you back up to that weight. Note: Body Set Weight is determined in the hypothalamus region of the brain and the major component in determining that weight… INSULIN.
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