Low-Carb Diets – They’re Not Good For You!
Dr Michael Greger, M.D wrote that a Low-Carb Diet is Metabolically Like Being Obese. But doesn’t this go against everything that the popularist diet books tell us. Why does Dr Greger tell us different?
It’s plain and simple. Each and every year Dr Gregor reads the published research on all aspects of health and well-being so you don’t have to. He then filters the down to the ‘general public who want to be educated’. Along with other professionals such as Dr Ornish, Dr Campbell, Dr Bernard and Dr McDougall Dr Greger tries to provide us with balanced information that can help us to choose wisely.
I’m not an expert on Carbs, high or low but I do know that once you take refined carbs out of your diet and stick to a plant based diet your metabolism, weight and optimal health return to normal. I’ve tried it, I’ve just lost two stone or 28 pounds in just six months following Dr McDougall’s Starch Solution book. I feel amazing, I have more energy than my normal and I can breath again. My allergies and asthma symptoms are reducing significantly. AND WHY? Because I listened then I took Action.
Anyhow, because I’m not a specialist I thought that I’d bring the information straight to your table from someone who is. The below information is taken from Dr Greger’s website and is straight to the point.
Have a great read, absorb the information and take ACTION!
How a Low-Carb Diet is Metabolically Like Being Obese
Written by: Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on November 22nd, 2016
‘Free fatty acids (meaning fat circulating in the bloodstream not packaged into triglycerides) result in inflammation, toxic fat breakdown products, and oxidative stress, which can gum up the insulin receptor pathway and lead to insulin resistance in our muscles. Insulin resistance is what causes pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. I explain the process in my video What Causes Insulin Resistance? As the level of fat in the blood rises, the body’s ability to clear sugar from the blood drops dramatically.
Where does this fat in our blood that’s wreaking all this havoc come from? It comes from the fat that we eat and from the fat that we wear.
The number of fat cells we have stays constant in adulthood. The way researchers figured that out is by measuring the amount of radioactive carbon still trapped in our DNA from all the nuclear bomb tests. After massive weight loss, our fat cells shrink as they offload fat, but the number stays the same. Conversely, when we gain weight, our fat cells stretch as we pack more and more into each individual fat cell. So, when our belly, butt, or thighs get big, we’re not adding more fat cells, we’re just cramming more fat into each cell. At a certain point, our cells become so bloated that they spill fat back into the bloodstream.
This is called the spillover effect. Not only does an obese person have more fat, but they’re constantly spilling that fat into their bloodstream. So, that could be the link between obesity and diabetes. Fat is spilling out from our fat cells and gets lodged in our muscle cells, leading to the insulin resistance that promotes the onset of type 2 diabetes. I show this in my video The Spillover Effect Links Obesity to Diabetes.
The fat can also enter our bloodstream through our mouths. If you put people on a low-carb diet, fat builds up in their muscles within two hours and insulin sensitivity drops. And the more fat found in the muscles, the lower the ability to clear sugar from the blood. It doesn’t take years for this to happen, just hours after fatty foods go into our mouths. A fat-rich diet can increase fat in the blood, and this increase is accompanied by a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
Studies clearly demonstrate that fat in the blood directly inhibits glucose transport and usage in our muscles, which is responsible for clearing about 85% of the glucose out of the blood. These findings indicate that fat consumption can play an important role in the development of insulin resistance.
Normally, we only have 10 to 50 micromoles of free fat floating around in our blood stream at any one time, but those who are obese have between 60 to 80. But, we can reach 80 just eating a high fat diet. So, a skinny person eating a low-carb diet can have the same level of fat in their blood that obese people do. Similarly, being obese is like eating some horrible bacon and butter diet all day, because obese persons are constantly spilling fat into their bloodstream, no matter what goes in their mouths.
Are all types of fat the same? Find out the answer in my video Lipotoxicity: How Saturated Fat Raises Blood Sugar.
The fat leaking into our bloodstream may also contain fat-soluble pollutants that accumulated from our diet: Pollutants in Salmon and Our Own Fat.
The spillover effect may also help explain the increased heart disease risk associated with obesity: Low Carb Diets and Coronary Blood Flow.’
If you enjoyed this topic you can find out more from Dr Greger at: Nutritionfacts.org
Before you go, why not watch Harvard’s Meat and Mortality Studies DVD. Shockingly honest, and the information is out there to help you to make wise choices, to keep you safe and disease free.
Enjoy the DVD, Digest and Take ACTION!