In fact, if you truly wanted to keep insulin as low as possible, then you wouldn’t eat a high protein diet…you would eat a low protein, low carbohydrate, high fat diet. However, I don’t see anybody recommending that.
I wouldn't exactly call this a primer, it dispels some myths but as a primer and is about as inadequate as the "all carbs are bad all of the time" crowd. I knew all of that, obviously, and I agree that most of it is accurate. However I think that there should be more discussion on the effects of high-glycemic carbohydrates like grains in the context of insulin resistance, which is essentially all of his clients. Also I would have liked to see a discussion of how people get insulin resistant in the first place and how to reverse it. When most people like Gary Taubes say that "insulin is bad" they mean chronically elevated insulin, which as Taubes illustrated, is caused in part by sugar and flour, not necessarily fruit, and carby vegetables. X 5 if in the context of chicken gobbling peanut butter loving nutrient deficient North Americans, though that's not the carb's fault. In the context of insulin resistance, something like bread or pasta (even whole grains) will cause secretion of insulin disproportionate to energy in, causing increased de novo lipogenesis which then causes leptin resistance, which is the main reason why people lose a lot of weight effortlessly in the first little while doing the low carb, high fat thing. What we have here are a bunch of nebulous, isolated concepts floating around without context and I don't think that this article has shed any more light on the subject. I want to see what he writes for his "highly individualized approach" article. Some people can handle some more carbs, and some people can't, and for the ones who can't (Griff, for example. I wonder if this guy would advise him to get off the grains) I can hardly see a point to shooting themselves in the foot by continuing to eat grains and starchy tubers, even fruits, at least for a time until insulin receptors work properly again and carbs can be re-introduced to tolerance.
That is my take.
Last edited by Stabby; 07-10-2010 at 10:51 PM.
Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.
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