Stop Counting Calories and Start Paying Attention to Your Insulin Levels

(Last Updated On: February 7, 2017)

It is impossible to count calories effectively, however it continues to be the standard for diabetes control


 

Diabetes might be one of the worst mishandled public health treats in recent history. Standard medical practice is reluctant to change diabetes management. The main management treatment is still carbohydrate or calorie count. But there is a fundamental flaw with this practice because it does not work well, or simply does not work at all.

The first problem is that is practically impossible to count calories in, and calories out and get results. The scientific way to measure food calories is by using a laboratory clorimeter. A bomb calorimeter is a small airtight oven submerged in a vat of water. Food is placed inside the oven and ignited. The energy produced by the burned food heats up the water and the temperature difference is then measured as energy.

The problem is that when you take this same principal to a human body it simply doesn’t work. The body is not a stable element as a vat of water being heated in a laboratory. There are many variables in our living body and that will throw our measurements right out the window.

Also when you look at your store bought food package, your calorie count might not be accurate to begin with. Usually they are not for another number of variables.

Instead of counting calories we should look for ways to stop the over production of insulin. There is a more accurate and safe way to reach a balance. That is to let your own body do the work for you – by eating the right foods. Learn more about calories by visiting caloriesproper.com

Counting carbohydrates are useless because you can’t never know how much energy you’ll spend or how much you put it. The only way to balance the carbohydrate ration is by simply not consuming so many carbohydrates, or by consuming a higher percentage of fat and proteins to carbohydrates.

Think of percentages rather then counting calories

In order to normalize your insulin production you must think in terms of controlling the foods that promote insulin production: 1) carbohydrates, 2) sugars, 3) fast foods. Fasting insulin levels have been on the rise for the past decades duo to an dramatic increase in starches, grain, refined sugars and processed foods in our diet.

Start a diet rich in fats and proteins and as little carbohydrates as possible. Everyone would benefit from a diet where 50 – 70% of calories come from fats and proteins and 30% from carbohydrates. But if you’re diabetic you might have to even increase the percentage of fats and proteins even more.

What should we pay more attention to hyperinsulinemia

The reason is because one of the main causes of diabetes is  hyperinsulinemia. A condition characterized by too much insulin in the bloodstream at any given time.

Diabetes can quickly get out of control as it progresses. This will inevitably lead to insulin use as the only way to control high blood sugars. But there is a fundamental contradiction here: if one of the main factors leading to diabetes is hyperinsulinemia; why are we pumping even more insulin into the system.

Hyperinsulinemia is caused by excess glucose producing foods. In a attempt to process glucose in high quantities, the pancreas secretes larger and larger amounts of insulin. But the end result is cell resistance to insulin.

Insulin stores fat and trigger insulin resistance thus: high blood sugar

What’s funny about the traditional diabetes management is that all attention goes to high blood sugars. Even though high blood sugar is no doubt a harmful, it is just a symptom. If we want to treat a disease we have to address the its causes.  Everything points to hyperinsulinemia. This is a shift on how to see and treat diabetes but it makes a lot of sense, because we are addressing the real cause to diabetes. Insulin also causes a host of other conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases.

Insulin is also the hormone that stores fat: as soon as insulin is produced, a percentage of blood glucose is turned into fat. Insulin also blocks your liver from using fat for energy so the catch 22 is in place. Also once insulin is released, all other hormonal productions such as testosterone and growth hormone are halted. The priority is to store energy for when you don’t have food. The more insulin, the more fat accumulation, the more insulin resistance and less ability to use over consumption of fructose which turns into blood sugars and high blood glucose.

Medical recommendations

The American Diabetes Association still recommends an all carbohydrates diets. Doctors will tell you to continue eating carbohydrates and just count them in and out, or just eat the “good carbs”. But as long as you are eating mostly carbohydrates, it doesn’t matter whether you eat the “good ones or the bad ones”, you’ll still produce insulin by eating them, lot’s of it; and the problem never ends.

One way to stop insulin production is to eat more fat. Unfortunately this is still a taboo in the medical field

The reason why carbohydrate counting will not work is because no matter what kind of carbohydrate you eat; high or low glycemic index they eventually will trigger insulin production. This will not help with the key diabetes problem.

Another huge misused system: energy expenditure

 

Learn how to switch your body’s energy production mode

By eating a diet described above you’ll become a fat burner instead of a glucose burner. You’ll know this diet is working by noticing a few things.

First you’ll lose weight. This is the proof that you have less insulin production. Another clue you are on the right track is that you’ll should notice an steady level of energy throughout the day and less hunger.

You body has two main ways of producing energy: One is from glucose, the other is from fats. Essentially what you are doing with the high fat diet is telling your body, that energy now will come from fats and not carbohydrates.

One marked difference is that when you feel less hungry and yet still have plenty of energy you just feel like you want to eat but no longer feel an impending hypoglycemic doom scenario because you didn’t eat yet, life you feel as you might faint – which is a chief sign of when you’re on a high carbohydrate diet.

The ADA want to make sure you don’t eat fat, even if that means you’ll eat a high carbohydrate diet

The American Diabetes Association knows that a high carbohydrate diet is not good for diabetes but they are “so sure” saturated fats are bad for you, they endorse a high carbohydrate diet. Everything but fat.

However new studies are showing us that saturated fats are not bad for you as once thought. What is bad for you is the high carbohydrate diets because it is constantly keeping your insulin levels high and creating all sort of problems. It is possible that high insulin is also responsible for metabolic syndrome which affects everyone. Those more susceptible end up with diabetes.

Find out for yourself

If you stop eating carbohydrates your body will have no other way to make energy and it will have to come from fats. A diet where 70% of your calories come from fats will signal your body to start making energy from fats.

You should feel the difference and it should be a positive one. Reduction of blood sugars, more energy, weight loss, should be your cue. If you are not doing well with this diet you can always stop. Felling better is always a good sign.

 


 

 

 

 

Everyone knows that monitoring blood sugar seems important… and whenever you get a blood test, your fasting glucose level is one of the first things checked. And if your blood sugar level is elevated, the doctor gets very concerned. Of course, this is how we diagnose diabetes.

Holistic pharmacist Brian Sanderoff says that by the time your blood sugar levels are elevated, the underlying process leading to that condition has probably been going on for decades — and the damage is already done and difficult to reverse. It is actually high insulin levels, as a result of spiking blood sugars, that is the culprit contributing to developing chronic disease.

In this webinar we will discuss the many ramifications of high insulin levels, including deposition of fat around your middle, and what to do to keep this from affecting you!

 

 

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References

  1. Hyperinsulinemia A Link Between Hypertension Obesity and Glucose Intolerance
  2. Hypoadiponectinemia in Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes: Close Association with Insulin Resistance and Hyperinsulinemia
  3. Hyperinsulinemia and type 2 diabetes Impact on cancer
  4. Hyperinsulinemia: Cause or Consequence?
  5. Diets High in Protein or Saturated Fat Do Not Affect Insulin Sensitivity or Plasma Concentrations of Lipids and Lipoproteins in Overweight and Obese Adults
  6. diet-induced insulin resistance

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Marcos Taquechel

Marcos is an RN. Thanks for stopping by and reading my posts. I hope you are able to get something useful out of this blog. Take good care of yourself and don't worry about anything until you have something to worry about.

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