The Insulin-Resistance Diet: How to Turn off Your Body's Fat-Making Machine

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If you are struggling with weight loss, you are not alone. Two out of three Americans are now considered overweight eventhough 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 ...
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Overview

If you are struggling with weight loss, you are not alone. Two out of three Americans are now considered overweight eventhough 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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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.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809224272
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryle R. Hart, M.D., is board certified in bariatrics, the medical specialty of weight management, and in obstetrics/gynecology. She completed her specialty training at the Mayo Clinic and is now in private practice at the Women's Wellness Workshop in Spokane, Washington. She also speaks on “Hormones By Hart” in a wide variety of cities.

Mary Kay Grossman, R.D., is the nutritional advisor of the Women's Wellness Workshop in Spokane and consults privately at her own clinic, YouTrition.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     ix
How Insulin Resistance Makes Us Fat
How Insulin Affects Fat     3
Insulin Resistance and Syndrome X     7
The Solution to Insulin Resistance: The Link-and-Balance Eating Method
Step 1: Link Protein     31
Step 2: Balance Protein and Carbohydrates     39
Why Link and Balance Works     71
Mastering the Link-and-Balance Eating Method     81
Test Your Link-and-Balance Basics     109
Making the Method Work for You
Link-and-Balance Menus and Recipes     117
Real-World Strategies     169
Fitness Matters     189
Appetite vs. Hunger: Understanding Our Relationship with Food     199
Commitment and Relapse     213
References     225
Index     231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    It helped and is helping me

    I started doing the Atkins diet, but found it hard to stick with. This book showed me a way of eating that help me shed 25 pounds and reduce my headaches I would get from eating carbs. It is an easy read and the food charts, eat what with what, have been very helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2002

    We can do this!!!

    After having just found out I have type 2 diabetes, I was looking for information on healthy eating plans to manage my diabetes. This book was very informative and the plan simple to follow. Counting carbs and linking with protein have helped me get started on a lifetime health management system. I recommend this book for others out there who are frustrated trying to lose weight and having no success. The concept offered is easy to follow. The authors seem to have the credentials to back their information. I got the book at the library, but I plan to buy it! This is not another fad diet. It is a lifetime plan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2001

    Finally! A Diet that Works

    This diet can be the solution for those who can't lose weight, despite dieting and exercise. There is no depravation. It is a life-long eating plan that can work for every one. This plan recognizes that carbohydrates are essential for everyone so doesn't prohibit. Instead, the plan teaches the dieter to link carbohydrates with protein. Since carbohydrates are high glycemic and proteins are low glycemic, they balance each other. A bonus of the book is the tempting recipes. There's even one for chocolate cake.

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