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The Insulin-Resistance Diet--Revised and Updated: How to Turn Off Your Body's Fat-Making Machine Kindle Edition

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The Insulin-Resistance Diet: How to Turn Off Your Body's Fat-Making Machine recommends a well-researched health program based on the relationship between insulin and fat. While low-fat foods are a part of the plan, Cheryle R. Hart and Mary Kay Grossman (doctors at the Women's Workshop, a medical weight clinic) arm readers with comprehensible information about smart combinations of foods that allow for genuinely tasty treats. The book will be helpful for people who want a regimen as well as for those who just want to make informed eating choices. ( Mar.)
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If you are struggling with weight loss, you are not alone. Two out of three Americans are now considered overweight even though so many of us are forever counting calories and fat grams. But as Cheryle R. Hart and Mary Kay Grossman explain, a medical condition called insulin resistance may be the cause of your weight-loss woes.

A complex relationship exists between food, blood sugar, insulin, and fat. Insulin helps the body transform food into energy and regulate blood sugar levels. When we eat carbohydrates, the body breaks them down into sugar (glucose) to be used as energy. If you have more glucose than your body needs, your body will respond by producing more insulin: the insulin will stabilize your blood sugar level by storing the excess glucose as fat, and this means weight gain. This process is accelerated in people with insulin resistance because they have higher baseline levels of insulin.

So, is the solution to insulin resistance omitting carbohydrates from our diet? Such a diet is neither healthy nor satisfying. Carbohydrates are our bodies' main source of energy and are an excellent source of both antioxidants, which help prevent disease, and fiber, which is essential for proper digestion. Our natural desire for carbohydrates would be difficult to deny. The Insulin-Resistance Diet offers an alternative.

The Insulin-Resistance Diet is really not a diet book at all--it's an eating guide. It allows you to eat all the foods you like in the proper amounts and still control insulin resistance and lose weight. Inside you will find the following features:

  • Link-and-Balance Eating Method--links and balances carbohydrates with the right amount of protein at the right time for maximum weight loss
  • Self-tests--to determine if you have insulin resistance and to check your progress with linking and balancing
  • Food lists--include most foods and serving sizes
  • Real-world strategies--provide complete meal plans and snack ideas, lists of name-brand convenience foods, and linked-and-balanced restaurant items
  • Recipes--more than forty-five delicious, healthful, and easy-to-make recipes

These features together with in-depth sections on fitness and on understanding our relationship with food comprise a total weight-loss and weight-management program--one that is simple to follow and guarantees success.


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  • File Size: 2103 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (December 10, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000VMBYL6
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214 of 223 people found the following review helpful By aguag001 on August 15, 2010
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I can't recommend this book enough. After years of battling excess weight, facial hair and painful, irregular periods due to PCOS this book saved me. I have had this condition since I was 10 yrs old. The psychological effect of this condition on me as a teenager is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. I spent years going to infertility clinics and being pumped with hormones because I couldn't get pregnant; years sweating away hours a night with a personal trainer at a gym to no avail and when I found this book, I had been on Weight Watchers for 8 months, yet I began to gain weight on it! WW told me I needed to eat more food! Every useless doctor I went to made me feel like I was doing something on purpose to be the way that I was. Finally, I found this book, went to an Endocrinologist who knew what he was talking about and within 2 months lost the 30 lbs of weight that plagued me for the last 10 years. The first thing my Endocrinologist did was take me OFF Weight Watchers. If you suffer from Insulin Resistance, WW is not for you; it's too low on protein and permits one to eat foods high in carbohydrates without pairing it with a protein. Link and Balance through the Insulin Resistance Diet is the way to go. I learned how to eat correctly and followed this Insulin Resistance Diet, maintained the gym regime and went on 850 mg, 2x's daily of Metformin, 2 Spironolactone daily, BC pills and within 2 months I was normal again. No more irregular periods. Less body hair and I could honestly say, I was at a normal weight - 30 lbs lighter. I didn't starve at all and unlike WW, I didn't "pass out" and get the shakes after I ate something, which incidentally is how my Gyno (who referred me to the Endo Specialist) caught the condition.Read more ›
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123 of 139 people found the following review helpful By LBM216 on October 29, 2008
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I was diagnosed with insulin resistance, PCOS, and chronic hypertension at the age of 19. I went on blood pressure medicine and metformin at that time. This year (seven years and many failed weight loss attempts later) I decided that enough was enough and I wanted to lose the weight so I purchased and followed the diet in this book. In 10 months, I have lost over 100 pounds, lowered my cholesterol 75 points, and have successfully stopped taking my blood pressure medication (under doctor supervision of course) and I have done all of this by following the diet outlined in this book coupled with moderate exercise. I highly recommend it if you have been diagnosed with insulin resistance. I can't speak to this diet's effectiveness if you do not have this condition, I just know that it worked wonders for me and drastically improved my quality of life.
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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful By andreocles on March 21, 2010
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I bought this book to give me some ideas on how to improve the way I eat after being diagnosed with insulin resistance two months ago at the age of 34. My insulin resistance is one of several health issues that came up as I was just diagnosed with PCOS (polycistic ovarian syndrome) as well as higher than normal testosterone levels. We have been trying to conceive our second child for one year and I have always had irregular periods with late ovulation. I began eating the way this book describes, by always linking carbohydrates with protein every two to three hours. I have increased my consumption of vegetables, legumes and nuts as well. I went several steps further than this book describes and cut out all refined carbs (white bread, pasta and any snacks made with refined flour) and all sugar/sweets and any fried foods (do not worry, please note that this book does not tell you to cut sugar or refined carbs!) The general premise of the book is to always eat protein with carbs. I just wanted to cut out refined carbs and sugar for health reasons as well. In addition to this I added 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise five days a week to my bi weekly yoga practice. In the almost two months of following this nutritional and exercise regimen I have started to ovulate normally and have shorter menstrual cycles; this is something that gives us hope in getting pregnant sometime in the future. I began this regimen not to loose weight but simply to control my insulin resistance and bring that number down eventually and improve my ovulation. Although my original intent was not at all to loose weight I have dropped eight pounds in two months, almost a pound a week. Any belly fat I had accumulated in the last few years has completely melted away.Read more ›
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Brandt on October 16, 2012
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So far I love this way of eating. It has provided me with the missing link to an already mostly healthful diet. I have PCOS and I could not understand why my plant based diet wasn't letting me lose those stubborn 20 pounds. Also i suffer from adult acne due to PCOS.

There is some advice for vegetarians and vegans but this book is mainly geared towards the person following SAD. The authors do say you can use beans as a low fat and healthy protein source along with tofu and soy milk. The carbohydrates in beans are ignored as they are not treated the same as other carbs by the body. This really helps meal calculations. As a vegan you can modify to make this diet work. Here is what I have done so far.

1. Rearranged my eating to include the link/balance concept. No more huge bowls of popcorn or cupcake binges! No eating carbs solo anymore. I'm doing 5 small meals a day with at least 2 hours between each feeding.
2. Every meal or snack now includes 14 grams of a bean, tofu, tempeh, soy milk, seitan, or some mock meat..
3. Before my morning oatmeal I eat a serving of beans. It is a Bit strange but I immediately noticed the difference in my energy that day.
4. For smoothies I have replaced 1/2 the almond milk with silken tofu for the extra protein. 1/5 of a block of tofu is around 7 grams of protein. I also have brown rice protein powder that I may start using too if I feel the need to cut down on soy. I use to throw a whole banana into my smoothies but I've cut them down to a third and freeze the rest. This gives me more control over the carbs. 1/3 of a banana is around 10 carbs.
5. Include some dark green vegetable with every meal or snack. Green veggies are not counted since they are naturally balanced.
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