A low carbohydrate, high fat, and moderate protein diet: it is the ketogenic diet! Many in the ketogenic world are observing and reporting better health: clearer thoughts, smoother skin, lowered Hba1c, lowered insulin, stabilized blood pressure, better heart function, better sight, sometimes lowered cholesterol, and a host of other health benefits, while all the while losing excess weight. From my observation and research however, there is something sinister lurking beneath the surface. Here I will discuss the truth of insulin resistance, and what is actually happening behind the scenes with those on the ketogenic diet.
Insulin is a non-steroid hormone needed for proper bodily function. Insulin resistance is when the body’s cells refuse to allow insulin to penetrate them and bring glucose in, due to an abnormal high presence of insulin amassing in the blood. This then results in an accumulation of glucose lingering in the blood. When someone goes on the ketogenic diet and later gets a blood test, their insulin and blood glucose level may read normal. However, as you’re about to see, there may be more to the story than meets the eye.
The actual truth is : Insulin resistance and diabetes are not caused by consuming too much sugar and/or carbohydrates — they are caused by consuming too much animal proteins and fats!
Milk causes insulin resistance
Egg causes insulin resistance
Cheese causes insulin resistance
Chicken causes insulin resistance
Fish causes insulin resistance
Steak causes insulin resistance
(In fact, an average serving of steak raises insulin more than 12 teaspoons of sugar!!!)
Saturated fat causes insulin resistance
Fish oil causes insulin resistance
Polyunsaturated fats causes insulin resistance
Omega-3 Fatty acids causes insulin resistance:
DHA, ALA and EPA causes insulin resistance
KETOSIS CAUSES INSULIN RESISTANCE.
Yes, even burning fat itself causes insulin resistance!
Okay the big question is: Why are glucose and insulin level low when tested by those on the ketogenic diet?
Answer: The lack of sugar intake or the decrease in carbohydrates will keep the numbers low artificially. But the moment you consume these sugars/carbohydrates, the glucose/insulin level will spike right back up.
Insulin resistance is like a dormant volcano: even though it’s not acting up, it’s still a volcano. Even though glucose and insulin are not acting up on the ketogenic diet due to low sugar/carbohydrate intake, the problem is still there.
So, the ketogenic diet is actually making things worse in the long-run by us consuming so much artery-clogging, cell-receptor-clogging fats, eggs, milk, cheese, etc. It’s reducing insulin sensitivity.
Sugars and carbohydrates do not cause insulin resistance — consuming them REVEALS insulin resistance!