The Metabolism Miracle (Continued)
Although the "law of calories" works for people who have textbook metabolism or Metabolism A, people with Metabolism B do not necessarily have a problem with calories. Instead, they are genetically predisposed to produce excess insulin. Insulin is a "fat gain" hormone that is released to regulate blood glucose when carbohydrate is ingested. Those with Metabolism B also over-release insulin when too much time passes between meals and when they sleep. Basically, until Metabolism B is controlled, the dieter will gain fat whether he or she restricts calories or not.
I began to realize that many people who had trouble losing weight on traditional diets had metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome, a medical condition that eventually causes midline fat deposits (a roll around the middle), high cholesterol/triglycerides, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure was identified over 25 years ago. Unfortunately, to this day, the recommended diet for metabolic syndrome (a diet that focuses on counting calories, fat grams, sodium, and sugar intake) does not work for those with Metabolism B. Everyone with metabolic syndrome has Metabolism B. The root of their problem is eventual resistance to their own insulin. Quite simply, those with metabolic syndrome and Met B have a physical problem, not a "calorie problem."
With this knowledge in mind, I designed a program to match all the components of metabolic syndrome/Metabolism B. I have since used the program successfully with thousands of patients. For the first time people who previously could not lose weight were losing and keeping it off. Their blood pressure, cholesterol, weight around the middle, and blood sugar dramatically improved. This is not a fad diet, it is a diet based on physiology, science, and proven outcomes. How can someone tell if he or she has Metabolism B?
Metabolism B is a genetically-mediated type of metabolism. If you looked back into the family history of those with Metabolism B, it's very likely someone in their lineage had either pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. In many cases the person doesn't know of this past family member because years ago (and even today) much diabetes and certainly pre-diabetes goes undiagnosed.
Metabolism B is progressive. It starts to show up slowly and then as time passes—usually as people enter middle age— the symptoms pick up speed and strength.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...