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Fight obesity and cure diabetes – low carb diet – TEDMED

Cutting down on refined grains, starch and sugar can help cure obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Surgeon Peter Attia was a living his life according to the specs. He was working out several hours every day week and following the recommended food pyramid. But even though he was living his life the way he’d have been taught he started gaining weight and developed insulin resistance. To fight the change he started tweaking his diet to find out what would help. After having reduced his intake of refined grains, starch and sugar he found himself losing 40 lbs even though he was working out less. Today he’s no longer insulin resistant and in really good shape.

Peter’s hypothesis is that it’s refined grains, sugar and starches which are driving the currently ongoing obesity epidemic. Personally I couldn’t agree more.

I eat a low carb diet without any refined sugar or grains and I feel great. My stomach is never complaining and I very rarely feel tired during the days. That said I have never been fat so I haven’t experience the personal revolution which Peter did but the basic science is pretty easy to understand; Carbs turn into blood sugar which raises the insulin level, and insulin binds fat. Controlling your insulin levels will make sure your cells don’t bind unnecessary fat.

I’m not a doctor but there’s pretty much research available to back this up. You can for instance check out this research study by Diabetetologia where a low-carbphydate (LCD) diet was compared to a low-fat diet (LFD). Patients eating the low carb diet could significantly reduce their insulin doses after 6 months.