The Diet-Heart Hypothesis – Hormonal Obesity XXXV

With the publication of Dr. Key’s Seven Country Study, the origins of the Diet-Heart Hypothesis were laid down.  The major problem was that this was all observational data, and as such, was subject to severe interpretation.  There is nothing more … Continued

Red Meat Dilemma – Hormonal Obesity XXVI

Our dilemma here is that there are really two opposing effects of meat and other animal proteins.  One is to raise insulin which tends to cause weight gain,  The other is to slow gastric emptying, increase satiety and tends to … Continued

Is Protein Fattening? – Hormonal Obesity XXV

The weight gaining potential of protein is a complex question.  Let me reiterate here that this area of research is still very new and we certainly do not have all the answers.  While refined carbohydrates (white flour) and sugar are … Continued

Is Dairy Fattening? – Hormonal Obesity XXIV

Dairy proteins stimulate high levels on insulin due partially to the incretin effect.  Glucose, though does not seem to increase much.  If insulin increases, does this mean that dairy is fattening?  Here the answer is far more difficult. As we … Continued

Insulin Index – Hormonal Obesity XXIII

Insulin levels had always been assumed to go up or down with the blood glucose levels which led to the glycemic index which had always been assumed to be a surrogate measure of insulin levels.  The glycemic index did not … Continued

The Atkins Decline – Hormonal Obesity Part XX

The Atkins revolution was well and truly underway by the mid 2000s.  Millions of people around the world were following the Low-Carbohydrate lifestyle.  Burger King introduced lettuce wrapped burgers to reduce the carb content.  Everybody seemed to know somebody who … Continued

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