What is the Difference Between the Glycemic Index, the Insulin Index and Insulin Load?

The glycemic index (GI) compares the rise in blood sugar for a particular food relative to glucose.  The theory goes that it is better to eat low glycemic index carbohydrates that will not raise our blood sugar too much and will take longer to digest. Building on the glycemic index is the concept of glycemic load which …

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Personal Fat Threshold Model of Insulin Resistance, Diabetes and Obesity vs the Carbohydrate Insulin Model

Carbs trigger the release of insulin, which makes you fat.   Right? No.  Not exactly. After some fascinating discussion in a private chat group that we’re both in, Dr Ted Naiman created his ‘insulinographic’ to elucidate the personal fat threshold and the adipose-centric theory of diabesity.  When I shared it, it prompted some great discussion …

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The Real Reason You’re Insulin Resistant and The Macros to Reverse It

There are many misconceptions about insulin and how to optimise it.  Many in the low-carb and keto communities believe the best way to reverse insulin resistance is simply to swap carbs for fat and even avoid protein!  However, the reality is a little more complex.  While switching your carbs for fat may help you manage one …

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Keto Lie #6: Food Quality is Not Important. It’s All About Reducing Insulin and Avoiding Carbs.

People in Ketoland like to point out ‘there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate‘. However, the reality is that many nutrient-dense foods that happen to contain some carbohydrates are also loaded with essential nutrients that are harder to find when carbs are reduced.  We do need some essential fatty acids. However, the actual …

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Keto Lie #5: Fat is a ‘Free Food’ because it Doesn’t Elicit an Insulin Response

This is one of the cornerstone beliefs of many low-carb and keto diet subscribers.  Many theorise that because carbohydrates raise insulin, the most and insulin is related to fat storage, eating more carbohydrates will lead to greater body fat storage. Thus, dietary fat should be the primary energy source because it doesn’t impact blood sugar …

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Blood Sugar, Insulin and What to Eat for Each Phase of Your Monthly Menstrual Cycle

The fluctuations in hormones, cravings, and appetite that occur throughout a woman’s monthly cycle are fascinating and mysterious – not just for guys, but for most women as well!   In the days leading up to menstruation, women often experience an increase in cravings, appetite, blood glucose, and insulin levels.  This is sometimes accompanied by water …

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