The Carb-Insulin Hypothesis vs Protein Leverage Hypothesis of Obesity

I’ve recently been having some ‘robust discussion’ on social media around what I think amounts to the Carb-Insulin Model vs the Protein Leverage Hypothesis of obesity and diabetes.  I wanted to unpack and juxtapose the similarities and differences between the two models and explain why I feel the protein leverage hypothesis is a more elegant, …

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The Protein Leverage Hypothesis

Every few years, a new popular diet promises effortless weight loss.  You’ve probably heard of a few of them, like: The potato diet, The egg diet, The avocado diet, Herbal Life, Atkins, South Beach, Keto, Low fat, Carnivore, Zone Diet Plant-based/vegan, The Vegetable Soup Diet… the list goes on. Many people succeed when they switch …

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Nutrients: Could You Be Getting Too Much of a Good Thing (from Supplements and Fortification)?

It’s common knowledge that vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids are good for us.  We are continually told we eat a nutrient-poor diet, so we need more nutrients.  Bruce Ames’ Triage Theory shows us that we will not just survive for the short term if we get more of all the essential nutrients, …

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Optimal Amino Acid Intakes for Weight Loss, Satiety and Health

Amino acids are the smaller ‘building blocks of life’ that make up the macronutrient protein. We know from protein leverage and our satiety analysis that we continue eating until we satisfy our body’s demands for protein.  So, getting enough protein without excess energy is the most critical factor for feel fulling with fewer calories.  Unfortunately, …

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