You know how insulin is responsible in regulating your body’s blood sugar? Well, as you may already know, obesity is directly linked to insulin resistance and a high insulin level. This is why obesity becomes a huge health problem and can have long term effects on your health. Insulin resistance is also involved in the development of Type 2 diabetes. But what exactly is insulin? How does it work? How does it affect our bodies?
Obesity is a condition that is becoming increasingly prevalent in modern society. More than 300 million people, or one in every three children, are projected to be overweight in 2020. The number of overweight people is expected to increase to over 600 million by 2030. In many ways, obesity is the most serious health issue facing the world today.
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!
WOW! The obesity code gets better and better! Even for a slow reader like me, this is an engaging book with many happy moments! Honestly, I thought it couldn’t get any better than last week’s assignment, but I was wrong. Read on to find out what this week’s assignment was.
So… Let’s start with the reading assignment for week 2:
Part 3: A new model of obesity – Chapter : 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Part 4 : The social phenomenon of obesity – Chapter : 11, 12, 13
The third part of the Obesity Code explains in detail how cortisol, insulin, stress, leptin and sleep play an important role in weight loss and recovery. For someone who probably sleeps four hours a night, this was a real eye-opener. One night of sleep deprivation increases cortisol levels by more than 100%.
And in case you haven’t noticed: Increased cortisol levels = weight gain, so yes, we all need more sleep. Does anyone else feel like they have to take their phone to another room to do this? ♀️
The discussion of insulin levels and the correlation between weight gain and loss is mind-boggling when you think about it. Type 2 diabetics are often prescribed insulin to control their diabetes, but according to Dr. Fung’s research, insulin also contributes to rapid weight gain in these people. Part 3 also covers the Atkins revolution of low-carb eating and the research of Dr. Robert Atkins. I think we’ve all tried the Atkins diet or know someone who has.
The fourth part focuses on nutrition, poverty and childhood obesity and their role in the obesity epidemic. The basic idea that seems to dominate both parts of this week’s assignment is that insulin is really connected to everything. The ideas he shares about the transmission of obesity to our children even before they are born are absolutely thought-provoking and very logical in the way he explains them.
Main findings of the Obesity Code, Parts 3 and 4:
Here are some of my favorite quotes from this week’s assignment. Honestly, I found it hard to choose because each page is filled with so much amazing (and often mind-boggling) information!
Excess calories do not cause obesity, so reducing calories will not cure it. Lack of exercise is not the cause of obesity, so more exercise cannot cure obesity. The false gods of the calorie religion have been exposed as charlatans.
Obesity develops over a period of several decades. However, hundreds of published studies only look at what happens to us in less than a year. Thousands of other examinations take less than a week. Nevertheless, they claim to shed light on human obesity.
Obesity is NOT caused by too many calories. On the contrary, obesity is caused by an imbalance of hormones in the body.
Insulin is a key regulator of energy metabolism and one of the major hormones contributing to fat accumulation and deposition.
Insulin is a storage hormone. High food consumption leads to a release of insulin. Insulin then triggers the deposition of sugar and fat. When no food is taken in, insulin levels drop and the burning of sugars and fats is activated.
Increasing calorie intake and decreasing calorie consumption (eating more and exercising less) are not the cause but the consequence of obesity.
Drugs that increase insulin levels cause weight gain. Drugs that do not affect insulin levels are weight neutral. Insulin-lowering drugs lead to weight loss.
A recent study found that 75% of weight loss in obesity is predicted by insulin levels. Not the will. Not calorie consumption. No support or peer pressure. Don’t work out. Just insulin.
It is an irrefutable fact that excess cortisol leads to weight gain.
Are you ready for week 3? This is your job!
Part 5: What’s wrong with our diet? – Chapter : 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
If you have already completed the first and second weeks, continue with the third week’s assignment, which is about 55 pages long. If you’re a little late, don’t worry, catch up when you can, we’ll have all the information for you! This book is a game changer for everyone, even those who don’t live a keto lifestyle.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this week 2 post or in our exclusive Facebook group. Share with us your main ideas about each week’s chapters and share them with other readers to compare notes.
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