I was wondering about insulin response in regard to sweet taste vs. carbs vs. protein. Is the insulin response the same for all three, or does it differ in some way? Thanks!
Both protein and glucose trigger an insulin response, however, protein also triggeers glucagon, which lowers insulin, so glucose winds up having a larger response. The only macronutrient that does not cause an insulin response is fat.
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So, was hoping to start a list of all known supplements, foods, activities, and techniques to increases insulin sensitivity. Fire away.
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Hello - I am insulin resistant, ketogenic paleo, 35 year old woman. I have 15-30 pounds to lose. I lost the first 10 after going keto but now it won't budge. Doesn't matter what I do - lower carbs, higher, more exercise, couch potato, weights -... (more)
I've been VLC Paleo for 6 weeks. I was already gluten and dairy free. I am also practicing IF -- my eating window is 2pm to 8pm. I was excited to weigh myself after the first 4 weeks, expecting some fabulous weight loss results. I lost 4 pounds. I... (more)
An insulin index of foods: the insulin demand generated by 1000-kJ portions of common foods: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/66/5/1264.full.pdf The results of this study confirm and also challenge some of our basic assumptions about the... (more)
I just found out it can really mess with medications, which, well, who knew??
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I've been paleo for a few months now -- not to lose weight, but to maintain and get off the carb rollercoaster. I've never been overweight; in fact, I'm very lean. I'm 5'9 and can happily subsist on 1200-1400 calories a day. I'm pretty much... (more)
Greek yogurt is very low calorie and filling. I find I can eat as much of as I want without gaining weight. Just like Cottage cheese. I'm usually full after about 5-6 spoonfuls though! just my n=1, however.
Hey guys, quick answer, does dark chocolate turns up the insuline a lot? for example, does it turn insuline on as much as potatoes? i'm a dark chocolate addicted, and i wil stop eating it if you say to me that it's dangerous for my... (more)
I am a 29 year old female, 100lbs overweight, PCOS with insulin resistance and high free testosterone (taking Metformin and Spironolactone - ugh), severe gluten intolerance (negative celiac genetic test but plenty of gut damage confirmed by an... (more)
I'm a twenty year old female who has been eating mostly paleo for about six months. Since changing my diet I have gone from weighing 150lbs to 120lbs (I'm 5'5"). Despite doing my best to limit my intake of carb heavy foods occasionally when the... (more)
If you eat carbs, many (leangains) say the resulting rise in insulin shuts down fat burning and simultaneously creates a condition of increased fat storage efficiency. Others (Lyle McDonald) say its not so simple. From experience I've found... (more)
There is an easy-read version at the bottom. Part 1 is summarized below and the full text can be found here. I basically say that insulin resistance is bad. I show 30-ish epidemiological studies correlating insulin resistance with: Hair... (more)
I would agree that improving body composition is the ultimate hack. Hands down I agree. I'm almost 23 years old now, but when I was 12-15 years, I was extremely depressed, had terrible self esteem, body dismorphia, and severe anorexia. In my third... (more)
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Yes it is, and I have been saying this since the first day I signed up here. It is why I am adamantly opposed to high fat, ketogenic diets as they do not increase insulin sensitivity. Aside from probably exacerbating insulin resistance, they don't... (more)
i don't know if this is the right place to ask this, but i figure you guys know a lot about hormones and things of that nature. i know excess androgens in women can be related to insulin resistance. can the same be said for men? i have extremely... (more)
I have been increasing my protein a bit and I find I get extremely hungry 1/2 an hour after a meal rich in protein. A carb/fat combo with 2 ounces of meat doesn't give me the same effect. Even if I eat it with a ton of fat I still get very hungry.... (more)
I think if you load on the protein, your body craves carbs--instant energy with which to digest all that protein. Just my theory. I've noticed the same effect with carb-less meals.
so many people (luminaries, gurus, yadda yadda) keep saying that keeping insulin as low as possible for as long as possible is good for us. but WHY do they say that? (earlier today i watched kelly starret say, "he who keeps insulin lowest... (more)
The Exercise A Little Control chapter in Keifer's Carb Backloading book is fascinating. It corroborates something I've known about myself for YEARS; I am basically insulin resistant, which is why I can neither get fat nor muscular, as both... (more)
I know I have kind of asked this question before, but I don't understand why some people suggest no fruit if wanting to lose weight. I have heard that losing a few lbs has to do with lowering insulin levels, but if you are in a healthy paleo... (more)
I'm not seeing how the question is "paradoxical", "silly", or "apples to oranges". The anabolic effect of both hormones could be compared side by side so it isn't apples-to-oranges, and no basic biology course is going to provide an answer because... (more)