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    I would like to better understand the 180degreehealth take on insulin resistance and the science behind it. I think that Matt basically says that if you improve your metabolism, the better insulin will work. I don’t doubt this but would like to see the research behind this, if there is any. Or is it just simple deduction that if your cells are burning more energy because of a higher metabolism, the cells will then let insulin transport the glucose into the cells? So if an overweight person who is eating the food but still has insulin resistance, it is probably other factors that are lowering their metabolism such as screwed up sleep, too many liquids, and stress? I read a little on this by Stephan Guyenet and I think he was saying that being overly fat is the cause of insulin resistance but that would jive with Matt in that if you are overweight you probably have a low metabolism?

    Thanks so much to anyone that can help me understand things better.


    I’m not the official 180-responder, so this is just my opinion… but…

    If your metabolism is low, I think you’ve basically shutdown or limited a lot of the communication highways between all your body systems. With a low metabolism, EVERYTHING just responds slower…

    One take on insulin resistance, is that by using ‘fake food’ (i.e. artificial sweeteners), you’ve trained your body to ignore “sweetness” signals from the brain, as it’s not actual sugar.

    When you “eat the food” and eat enough of the real stuff… you start to build new lanes on the communication highways. And when you eat real sugar (white, brown, honey, fruit, etc), you also re-train your insulin systems to ‘gear up’ for ‘sweetness’… as it IS real sugar, now.

    I think you probably need to be careful in how you approach ‘re-feeding’ if you are insulin resistant – in that you might need to start slow. You don’t want to put yourself in a sugar coma!!

    As for scientific studies on the issue…Here’s a start:

    The references might offer more details, too.

    Try to be objective in reading their conclusions. The human body is complex, and I think an individual’s starting point (metabolically speaking) has a LOT to do with how they react to any changes in diet or exercise.

    But again… just my opinion!

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