Insulin makes you fat. Period. NOT calories.
If you need proof, just search the web for pictures of untreated type one diabetics. They are dangerously thin, with no fat.
Why? Because type one diabetics do not make, or make very little, insulin. They can eat, eat as much as they want, what they want, and they will not gain fat and still lose fat.
On the other hand, I can make anyone get fat, and fast. All you have to do it give them......yup, insulin. Type one diabetics and type 2's that end up on insulin know that if they get that dosage wrong....bam! They get fat, and fast.....independent of what they eat.
Before type 2's go on insulin they are insulin resistant and will produce more and more to "regular" foods.....and what is highly correlated with type 2 diabetes? Weight gain and obesity. Why? Insulin.
Now for the rest of us.
If you eat a very low insulin producing diet, you can't gain fat, even if you over eat, a lot.
3,500 calories is the amount supposedly in one lb of fat, and at the end of the week eating 1,000 cal of excess low insulin producing food you won't gain 2 lbs,, you might even lose weight if you had excess body fat to burn, IF you keep it insulin friendly.
They have researched and tested the calories in vs. calories out for decades, hundreds if not thousands of times and it has NEVER, not once, produced the predictable, repeatable fat gain....or loss when on a diet, that the calorie theory says will happen.
It doesn't work that way, pure and simple.
Now, anyone who has gone on a traditional low calorie diet knows that you can lose some weight......at first, and then at some point, even though you are eating less calories than you "need" you stop losing weight. In time, even as you restrict eating further, you still do not lose weight and you might even start to gain some.
I have worked with many thousands of people through that miserable process and I have read the thousands of pages of research using this model and probably 100 books. I have learned why this is a flawed model and found a better one.
I call this process the diet of "Reduction vs. Elimination."
This is the well documented path of the Energy Balance Theory of weight loss and obesity.
AND it is flawed if not completely wrong.
AND it is the single most used and recommended weight reduction process in the world. It is what your government suggests, your weight loss groups, and your doctor tells you.
As people use this model our populations are getting fatter and sicker.....it DOES NOT WORK!
There is a better way. It is called the Hormonal Theory of Weight Loss and Obesity.
Insulin is a hormone. It is the key hormone in weight issues, and as it turns out, it is key in chronic health issues as well.
What can I do?
1. Stop looking at weight as a calorie issue.
2. Eat a low insulin producing diet
3. Get metabolically flexible (glycogen) that means exercise
4. Manage your stress and build resiliency to it.
5. Mind your neurological tone (very important)
This is a life changer my friends. Keep an eye out, more to come.
We can do better!