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    You’ve got weight loss all wrong with Dr Benjamin Bikman

    We have so much to learn about Insulin. Insulin affects many aspects of our daily life. This article will help you live a healthier life. 

    I sat down with Dr Benjamin Bikman for a conversation on the subject and received some expert insights. Dr Bikman, a world-renowned ‘fat doctor’, is Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at Brigham Young University, Utah. 

    He is the author of Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease–and How to Fight It, a pioneering book he wrote to promote awareness about insulin resistance being a common, yet lesser-known, global disorder and how disorders like cancer, heart disease or Alzheimer’s share a common core. 

    Insulin resistance is a condition that affects so many across the globe and yet most people have no inkling of what it is.

    Should an average person be worried about the disorder?

    “Problems such as blood pressure, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, fatty liver disease, erectile dysfunction, arthritis, etc. are in some way manifestations of insulin resistance,” Dr Bikman says. “When you recognize the role of insulin resistance, you can reverse it and see an improvement in the chronic disease.” 

    When it comes to seeking intervention for insulin resistance, we have options today. We can either consult a doctor or become our own patients. Which is wiser? Dr Bikman suggests a fusion. “The strategy of becoming your own patient is viable and given the access to information on the internet, people can learn more about their disorders. If you are able to meet with a clinician who shares this insulin-favourable paradigm, you can combine your own learning with the tools of the clinic. That would be the absolute best strategy,” he says.  

    Big pharma companies are rolling in money with the kind of sales they hit for medicines that claim to cure insulin resistance.

    Is the conspiracy that big pharma is keeping people hooked to medications for vested interests true?

    “A drug company prescribes drugs telling a person they have type 2 diabetes and need to take insulin to lower glucose. It’s not the glucose that needs to be treated though. It’s insulin,” Dr Bikman says. 

    “When we aggressively treat glucose levels in a type 2 diabetic, we kill the person faster. But for pharmacies, this is a way to make money. Insulin resistance is not a disease caused by the lack of a drug. So why would putting a drug in the system cure this problem?” 

    For women, the milestone of middle age brings major countless changes like menopause and weight gain. Insulin can have a bearing on health during this period. Dr Bikman particularly brings to notice a drop in the estrogens level. “Estrogens are protective of excessive growth of fat tissue. They tell the body how and where to store fat. Given the change in estrogens and fat storage patterns in menopause, women have to be more careful with their health.” 

    People around the world rely on methods of fasting as a way to lose weight quickly.

    But can fasting really help with weight loss?

    According to Dr Bikman, we must adopt a slightly different perspective. 

    “Weight loss will come with habits that make one healthier,” he says. “When a dietary change is based wholly on weight loss, we can quickly get discouraged if we don’t see the results we want. But if the goal is more long-term and aimed at reducing the risk of diseases, that can give us patience… Fasting is always going to be a valuable tool to lean on.” As for women questioning whether fasting would be better post-menopause or perimenopause, he says there would be no pronounced difference. 

    Would eating “low-fat” then help accelerate our weight loss journeys? When you go low fat, you go high carb,” he adds. “All you’re doing then is spending every waking moment in a state of elevated insulin. You cannot make fat cells shrink unless insulin is low. Low-fat foods are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to insulin.”

    Time for real talk. Here are some Dr Bikman-approved tips you can use for weight loss. 

    “First, control carbohydrates.

    Second, prioritize proteins – especially high-quality, animal-sourced protein. Lastly, don’t fear fats as they are essential macronutrients.” 

    “The one crucial rule is to stop eating after dinner. Don’t buy into the myth of moderation in all things. For many of us, abstinence is better than moderation.” 

    I hope these answers helped you understand the concepts around insulin better. Reach out to me with more questions and I will get you credible answers.

    Mother of two grown-up children and wife, for nearly thirty years of a now retired, senior British Army officer. Modelling for the first time at the age of 53 she led a full-page campaign in eight editions of British Vogue, and in Tatler, Hello and White Magazines.

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