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28 Apr

Do Low-Carb Diets Cause Insulin Resistance?

A few weeks back in the “How to Improve Your Insulin Sensitivity” post, I apparently dropped a bit of a bombshell: that very low carb diets can induce insulin resistance. Many of you wrote to me asking about the effects of low-carb dieting on insulin sensitivity and wondering whether you should begin eating more carbohydrates to counter it. Well, maybe, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to eat carbs if you’re low carb. The wrong way is to just add a ton of carbohydrates on top of your low-carb Primal eating plan without changing anything else. Doing that, especially in perpetuity, will likely lead to weight gain, hyperinsulinemia, and even more insulin resistance. Bad all around.

Now, many people are perfectly happy on a perpetually low-carb diet. I function quite well on a low (but not very low) glucose diet, hovering around 100-150 grams a day and often dipping below that. I might go even lower if I didn’t love vegetables and berries so much. But, assuming you are experiencing physiological insulin resistance caused by a very low carb or ketogenic diet, what happens when you do want to incorporate carbohydrates in your diet?

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27 Apr

Dear Mark: Osteoporosis, Body Fat Gain on Caloric Deficit, and Stalling on Primal

X-ray image of legsFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a three-parter. First, I try to help out Karson, a guy who’s trying to convince his osteoporotic, sun-starved mother to try a few lifestyle interventions that may improve her condition without coming off as smug. Hopefully I’m persuasive enough. Next, is it really possible to gain body fat on a caloric deficit, or is something else going on? And finally, Dawn seems to be doing everything right, but she’s not losing any more weight — weight that she feels should be coming off. What can she try next?

Let’s go:

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26 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 345

I’ve got an exciting opportunity headed your way next Wednesday, so be sure to stay tuned. I’m releasing a new ebook and much more, so mark you calendar!

Research of the Week

Here’s more confirmation that BPA could have harmful effects on the environment and human health.

Real Vegan Cheese. Is it headed to a market near you?

Researchers get a few steps closer to understanding just how common biomarkers of sleep debt found in humans, rats.

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25 Apr

Nori-Wrapped Roasted Salmon

Nori-Wrapped-Roasted-SalmonIf you’ve cooked fish wrapped in parchment paper before, which gently steams the fish and keeps the flesh moist, this recipe will make total sense. But in this case, instead of parchment, the wrapper is edible, nutritious and delicious.

Nori, a sea vegetable best known as a wrap for sushi, can also be used to wrap fish while it’s cooking. The nori seals in moisture, keeping the fish juicy and flavorful. This meal is all about moist, tender salmon. When arranged on a plate of sautéed mustard greens and shiitake mushrooms it looks like a rather fancy feast, but there’s no need to be formal. The salmon and nori packages are easiest to eat with your hands.

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24 Apr

Done with Crash Diets: 45 Pounds Lost and Getting Better Every Day

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

real_life_stories_stories-1-2Before I state anything, I just want to thank Jesus Christ for the opportunity of life and the strength to get through this process. Life is truly a gift from God.

In every group of friends there is the good looking one, the athletic one, the fun one, the quiet one, and of course, there’s the chunky one. I was always the chunky one.

I spent my entire life fluctuating in weight – gaining during times of stress, then running long distances and starving myself to fit into my suit pants again for weddings. It was a burden not only on my body, but on my bank account, as all my clothes would get tight (thankfully the “fitted” look came back into style).

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