Before we get started talking about insulin, I’ll share a quick story.
A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend of mine that just happens to be a doctor. We were talking about Type II diabetes and how it’s a condition that can largely be reversed in most cases through diet and exercise. He’s worked with many Type II diabetics in the past, prescribing them medication and sending them away with some pamphlets and the disclaimer that they should “exercise more and eat better.”
Even he recognizes that this is a flawed approach. At best, his patients are going to take their medication and get their blood sugar under control. In most cases, they don’t change their diet or start exercising more. They spiral even further down a bad rabbit hole.
Ultimately, doctors often don’t have the time to educate each patient on the ins and outs of their condition. Their goal is to treat the disease, which they often do through prescribing medication.
Our goal at CrossFit Undeniable is to build a kickass community of healthy, happy individuals that can thrive into their 90’s and beyond. In order to do that, we try to arm everyone with basic information about their health and fitness, playing some small role in improving the health landscape around us.
So, with that in mind, we’ll start publishing more blog posts that I’ll call “Cornerstones” – topics that everyone should know the basics about. First up, insulin.
A little over a year ago, we published a book review of Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. He argues that we don’t get fat because of the two main culprits often cited – eating too much and moving too little. At least, those aren’t the root causes.
Instead, he points a big finger at insulin as the primary culprit:
The bottom line is something that’s been known and ignored for almost 40 years the one thing we absolutely have to do if we want to get leaner if we want to get fat out of our fat tissue and burn it, is to lower our insulin levels and to secrete less insulin to begin with.
You’ve probably heard of insulin as it relates to Type I and II diabetes, but you might not know how it works (or even what it is). Here’s a quick primer.[Read more…] about A Quick Primer on Insulin (and How It Impacts Body Fat)