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Insulin Resistance: A Major Cause of Obesity
by Alvin A. Weinstein, M.D.

  Insulin resistance is a major cause of undesirable excess body fat. Its management involves regulation of the type of food and the time the food is eaten as well as the calorie intake. Insulin resistance is inherited and lifelong and, at present, we have no specific medication to correct it. The formula we follow involves a high protein, low carbohydrate, low fat diet. It is very important, in order for this condition to be controlled, that you have 65 grams of protein, less than 30 grams of carbohydrates, and no caffeine every day prior to your third meal.

Avoid snacks, but do not skip meals. Eat primarily protein for breakfast and lunch, and avoid starches and sweets until dinner (your third meal). CALORIES DO COUNT, but what you eat and when you eat are equally important. There are three kinds of food—fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. It is known that 90% of obese individuals do not metabolize carbohydrates (starches or sweets) properly. This is an important factor in controlling obesity. Remember that oils and fats contain more than twice the calories of all other foods and every effort must be made to keep them at a minimum. Whenever possible, prepare your food by broiling, baking, roasting or barbecuing, rather than frying.

Undesirable blood insulin is produced by our body twice in 24 hours, once with the first feeding (on rising) and again 6 to 8 hours later; hence, those who are resistant to insulin (and therefore do not metabolize carbohydrates properly) need to pay attention to the time of day when they consume any of the three basic food types: protein, with minimal carbohydrates, at breakfast and lunch and the alloted amount of carbohydrates (approximately 30 grams) at diner. Weight loss and fat loss are not identical. Our treatment is intended to make you thinner, not lighter. Most rapid changes in body weight are due to variations in fluid retention. They are the result of normal hormonal action. Use the fit of your clothing are a guide to success (a pair of denim jeans is a much better guage of body fat loss than a scale).

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