The Atkins Revolution – Hormonal Obesity part XIX

Short term studies of the Atkins low carbohydrate diet were very encouraging.  Not only were patients losing more weight, but their metabolic profiles were improved compared to the low fat diets of years past.  Millions of people were taking a … Continued

The Atkins Onslaught – Hormonal Obesity XVIII

The low carbohydrate diet long preceded the infamous Dr. Atkins.  Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 -1826) wrote the influential textbook “The Physiology of Taste” in 1825. Sometimes considered the father of the low carbohydrate diet, he wrote: “The second of the … Continued

Understanding Digestion: Why You Should Eat Carbohydrates With Fat, Fibre, and Vinegar – IDM III

In our previous post we discussed how the rate of digestion of different carbohydrates can affect our blood sugar levels.  Carbohydrates are chains of sugars.  They used to be classified by simple (1-2 sugars) versus complex (long chains).  This was … Continued

Insulin Causes Insulin Resistance – Hormonal Obesity X

Insulin resistance plays a large role in increasing insulin levels.  Increasing insulin levels tend to drive weight gain and obesity.  Continuing from the previous post, we continue our exploration of the hormonal obesity theory.  To start Hormonal Obesity part I, … Continued

Drug Tolerance – Hormonal Obesity IX

We are discussing insulin resistance and how it develops.  Clues from other biological systems suggests that looking at the agent itself may be important in resistance. What about for drugs, particularly addictive drugs such as cocaine?  Resistance also develops, but … Continued

Insulin Resistance – Hormonal Obesity VIII

Insulin is a major driver of obesity.  But what drives insulin?  In some cases, certain foods drive the increase in insulin.  But there are clearly some time dependent factors about obesity that are unaccounted for.  What am I talking about? … Continued

How Insulin Works – Hormonal Obesity VII

We’ve reviewed how the hormone insulin (and cortisol) leads to weight gain.  However, what increases insulin?  This is where the carbohydrate-insulin hypothesis falls short. It may be helpful to review normal insulin action, since we will be talking about it – … Continued

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