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You really can become slim and super-healthy more quickly than you ever thought possible. You can do it without any kind of vigorous exercise or food deprivation.

The latest scientific research is showing that many wide-held beliefs about weight-loss are totally wrong. Stunning new scientific discoveries now make it possible to vastly improve your health and lose surplus body-fat. By following the advice in this book (fully updated in September 2019) you will be able to do this quickly and effortlessly.

When you follow the simple weight-loss plan in the book, you will experience a profound life-changing transformation in unexpected ways:
> Enhanced quality of life.
> Improvements in sleep, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem.
> Elimination of a variety of symptoms, diseases, and conditions in less than 30 days.

Losing surplus body fat is by far the best thing you can do for good health and a better quality of life.

Here are just some of the myths that are busted wide open in this book:

> Discover why all kinds of exercise that make you pant for air or sweat should be avoided. They make you ill and fat. Instead, switch to super-healthy physical activity, such as walking. See the chapter "Why Exercise Makes You Fat".

> Discover why you should eat more, not less. Ketogenic diets, low-calorie diets, low-fat diets, and low-carb diets should all be avoided. For optimum health and effortless weight-loss the ideal diet should be high in fat and high in carbs. This book explains exactly why this is so, fully backed up by the latest research.

> Discover why most nutritional supplements are useless, a waste of money, and why they harm your body. For example, antioxidant supplements are now known to cause illness and shorten life. This book shows why this is so and gives you the few key supplements that you should be taking for optimum health.

> Discover why most juicing recipes devastate your health. For example, all kinds of fruit juice should be avoided as they are more fattening than just about anything else you could consume. See the chapter "The Marvel of Starchy Foods".

> Discover a little-known cause of obesity that most people fall prey to. It has nothing to do with sugar, carbs or calories. By just avoiding this particular kind of food (which most people eat on a daily basis) you will go a long way to protecting your health and losing weight.

> Discover why virtually all diet books have got it wrong when they urge you to cut calories, reduce carbohydrates, eat less or follow some Ketogenic diet or intermittent-fasting fad. Such diets are doomed to failure because they falsely assume that you must first eat less (whether it be calories, carbs or fasting), and then secondly that this will result in body-fat loss. But it’s the other way round: you must first allow your hormones to work for you, and then secondly you will be able to lose body fat quickly, safely and permanently.

> Discover how to extend your lifespan well beyond a hundred by slightly tweaking the way you live. You really can remain healthy and live longer than otherwise by adopting certain lifestyle factors that are easy to follow and cause no deprivation. See the chapter "How to Live Longer".

> Discover 'The Eaton Diet', a revolutionary simple and exciting way to achieve permanent weight loss. Once you switch to The Eaton Diet you will never want to eat any other way - it's the way everybody should eat for optimum health and it is the natural way humans have evolved to eat.

This is a book for men and women of all ages and whatever the current state of your health. It is not just another diet book full of re-hashed useless platitudes. The Eaton Diet is a revolution in the making, a completely new way of dealing with weight-loss that actually works.

Enjoy the book and get ready for some big changes in your life as you lose surplus body fat and see your health greatly i

Pubblicato:
Jul 26, 2019
ISBN:
9781903339688
Formato:
Libro

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Russell Eaton has published books on nutrition and well-being. He is British and has many interests.

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Banish Diabetes: The Ideal Diet

Become slim and super-healthy more quickly

than you ever thought possible

Russell Eaton

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Table of Contents

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Introduction

Part One: The Myths

1. The Secret to Weight Loss & Good Health

2. Why Exercise Makes You Fat

3. Why Low Carb Diets Make You Fat

4. Why Low-Fat Diets Make You Fat

5. Why Low-Calorie Diets Make You Fat and Cause Diabetes

6. Why Fasting Makes You Fat and Causes Diabetes

7. Why Meat & Fish Make You Fat

Part Two: The Eaton Diet

8. Introduction to the Eaton Diet

9. One Size Fits All

10. Why Many 'Health Foods' Are Bad For You

11. Sprouted Seeds & Baby Shoots

12. The Marvel of Starchy Foods

13. Fruit, Nuts and Seeds

14. The Eaton Weight Loss Formula

15. How to Live Longer

16. The Seven Food Groups

17. Putting It All Together

18. Eaton Diet Recipes

19. Epilogue

20. A Gift From The Author

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Introduction

You really can become slim and super-healthy more quickly than you ever thought possible. And you can do it without any kind of food deprivation and without any kind of vigorous exercise.

The latest scientific research is showing that many wide-held beliefs about weight-loss are totally wrong. Stunning new scientific discoveries now make it possible to vastly improve your health and lose surplus body-fat. By following the advice in this book you will be able to do this quickly and effortlessly.

As soon as you start to follow the simple weight-loss plan in the book, you will experience a profound life-changing transformation in unexpected ways:

> Enhanced quality of life.

> Improvements in sleep, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem.

> Elimination of a variety of symptoms, diseases, and conditions in less than 30 days.

Best of all, by losing or avoiding surplus body fat you will do more than anything else to combat or prevent diabetes. Whether or not you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, losing surplus body fat is by far the best thing you can do for good health and a better quality of life.

Here are just some of the myths that are busted wide open in this book:

> Discover why all kinds of exercise should be avoided. They make you ill and fat. For a slim, strong body you should avoid any kind of exercise that makes you sweat or pant for air. Instead, switch to physical activities, such as walking, cycling, gentle jogging and many other physical activities, so long as they do not make you sweat or mouth-breathe. See the chapter Why Exercise Makes You Fat.

> Discover why you should eat more, not less. Ketogenic diets, low-calorie diets, low-fat diets, and low-carb diets should all be avoided. For optimum health and effortless weight-loss the ideal diet should be high in fat and high in carbs. This book explains exactly why this is so, fully backed up by the latest research.

> Discover why most nutritional supplements are useless, a waste of money, and why they harm your body. For example, antioxidant supplements such as vitamins A, C, and E are now known to cause illness and shorten life. This book shows why this is so and gives you the few key supplements that you should be taking for optimum health. See the chapters Fruits, Nuts, and Seeds and How to Live Longer for full details.

> Discover why most juicing recipes devastate your health. For example, all kinds of fruit juice should be avoided as they are more fattening than just about anything else you could consume. Equally, many kinds of vegetable juicing recipes can wreck your health. See the chapter The Marvel of Starchy Foods.

> Discover a little known cause of obesity that most people fall prey to. It has nothing to do with sugar, carbs or calories. By just avoiding this particular kind of food (which most people eat on a daily basis) you will go a long way to protecting your health and losing weight. See the chapter The Dark Side of Animal Protein.

> Discover why virtually all diet books have got it wrong when they urge you to cut calories, reduce carbohydrates, eat less or follow some Ketogenic diet or intermittent-fasting fad. Such diets are doomed to failure because they falsely assume that you must first eat less (whether it be calories, carbs or fat), and then secondly that this will result in body-fat loss. But it's the other way round: you must first allow your body’s hormones to work for you, not against you, and secondly as a result of this you will then be able to lose fat quickly, safely and permanently (with no hunger, hardships or food deprivation). See the chapter The Eaton Weight Loss Formula.

> Discover how to extend your lifespan well beyond a hundred by slightly tweaking the way you live. You really can remain healthy and live longer than otherwise by adopting certain lifestyle factors that are easy to follow and cause no deprivation. See the chapter How to Live Longer.

> Discover 'The Eaton Diet', a revolutionary simple and exciting way to achieve permanent weight loss. As explained in the book, when you apply the unique Eaton Weight Loss Formula you first allow your hormones to help you lose surplus body fat in a completely safe and natural manner, and then secondly you compliment this with a nutritious diet. When you do this you will lose surplus body fat safely and quickly and never regain such fat. Once you switch to The Eaton Diet you will never want to eat any other way - it's the way everybody should eat for optimum health and it is the natural way humans have evolved to eat.

This is a book for men and women of all ages and whatever the current state of your health. It is not just another diet book full of re-hashed useless platitudes. The Eaton Diet is a revolution in the making, a completely new way of dealing with weight-loss that actually works.

The Eaton Diet is a way of eating that is high in unprocessed carbs and high in healthy fats. To put it simply, it's a high-carb, high-fat diet. Perhaps 'diet' is the wrong word, since The Eaton Diet is a way to eat for life rather than a way to temporarily lose weight. When you eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet as explained in this book, you will automatically lose weight quickly and easily and then stabilize the body at your ideal weight.

Most people fail to lose weight because they believe the lies, myths and misinformation put out by a vast and growing multi-billion weight-loss industry. And they fail because outdated diet plans that exhort you to eat less, cut calories, reduce carbohydrates or follow some fasting fad simply do not work.

The Eaton Diet is presented in a simple step-by-step plan that is easy and quick to follow. Plus, there are mouth-watering recipes to get you off to a good start. Reaching your ideal body weight is now an easy goal to achieve for anybody who is overweight. This is now possible because of major scientific breakthroughs in our understanding of how we gain and lose weight.

Technical jargon has been avoided as far as possible, and the bibliographical references are given there and then instead of being hidden at the end of the book.

If you want to get straight into the diet, skip Part One (the first half of the book) and come back to it later. Although Part Two fully covers The Eaton Diet, you are urged to read Part One first, or at some point later, as it dispels many myths relating to weight loss and provides a better understanding and appreciation of how to lose weight, enabling you to take full advantage of The Eaton Diet.

Enjoy the book and get ready for some big changes in your life as you lose surplus body fat and see your health greatly improve.

P.S. At the end of this book you will find details of a gift: another ebook by the same author that compliments this publication: ‘The Lipo Soaking Formula: Soaking Food for Optimum Nutrition’. It’s completely free to readers of this book.

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Part One: The Myths

1. The Secret to Weight Loss & Good Health

Losing weight is not about doing more exercise or eating less. It’s not about counting calories. It’s not about being sedentary or greedy. It’s not even about how much fat you burn in your daily life.

Countless books, articles and media programs provide a perplexing snowstorm of erroneous and conflicting advice on how to lose weight. The question to answer is this: what really causes weight gain? By knowing the answer to this simple question we can at last discover the secret to weight loss and good health.

This chapter of the book may be the most important information you ever read in the context of weight loss and good health. Please read on to discover the best and easiest way to lose weight based on what really causes the body to accumulate surplus body fat.

The myth that obesity is multi-factorial (many causes) is just that, a myth. When you put together the pieces of the jig-saw (the various studies and bits & pieces of research) an amazing picture emerges. What is clear is that there is a single cause of obesity (to be revealed in a moment) – it is not multi-factorial.

The traditional consensus states that obesity is caused as follows:

"The balance between calorie intake and energy expenditure determines a person's weight. If a person eats more calories than he or she burns (metabolizes), the person gains weight (the body will store the excess energy as fat). If a person eats fewer calories than he or she metabolizes, he or she will lose weight. Therefore, the most common causes of obesity are overeating and physical inactivity. Ultimately, body weight is the result of genetics, metabolism, environment, behaviour, and culture".

There are three main points to consider regarding the above misguided statement:

Point 1. Such a view is somewhat outdated and erroneous as evidenced by the latest research. For example, if you eat a cookie it will be more fattening than a banana even if they both have exactly the same amount of calories. It depends on what is ‘wrapped around’ the calories. The body treats a cookie differently to a banana. More of the calories from the cookie will be stored as body fat compared to the banana.

Point 2. Losing weight is not about doing more exercise so as to burn more calories. As you will discover in the next chapter ‘How Exercise Makes You Fat’, if the same man walks a mile or runs a mile he will ‘lose’ about the same amount of calories in each instance. But the body treats walking differently to running. Walking is much more conducive to weight loss and good health compared to running. Many studies show the health benefits of walking, and very few studies, if any, show the health benefits of running compared to walking. Here is one such study:

"Using the legs sends signals to the brain that are vital for the production of healthy neural cells, essential for the brain and nervous system. Inactivity makes it difficult for the body to produce new nerve cells — some of the very building blocks that allow us to handle stress and adapt to challenge in our lives. In short, leg movement that supports the weight of your body is critical to brain and nervous system health". Source: Raffaella Adami, et al, Reduction of Movement in Neurological Diseases: Effects on Neural Stem Cells Characteristics, Neurosci., 23 May 2018. Note: this study was not based on any kind of intense exercise. Rather, it was based on comparing the health effects of leg movement with the effects of little or no leg movement.

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"Inactivity is the fourth biggest killer of adults worldwide, responsible for 9 percent of premature deaths. Walking more, ideally daily, can go a long way toward reducing this risk. Walking for 20 to 25 minutes per day has been found to add anywhere from three to seven years to your life span, and can be tremendously [in combating] chronic disease and pulmonary diseases and cardiovascular, Type 2 diabetes, depression, dementia, hormonal imbalances, arthritis, PMS, thyroid disorders, fatigue, varicose veins and constipation. British research suggests that for weight management, regular walking can be just as beneficial, or more, than working out in a gym". Source: J. Mercola, MD, How Walking Benefits Your Health and Longevity, May 2018, mercola.com.

Point 3. The statement that "Ultimately, body weight is the result of genetics, metabolism, environment, behaviour, and culture" is simply not correct. Clearly, some rare kinds of genetic conditions can cause obesity, but they are very rare and don’t account for the vast majority of obese people in the world. For example, people born with ‘congenital leptin deficiency’ become obese. Leptin controls weight by signalling the brain to eat less when body fat stores are too high. If, for some reason, the body cannot produce enough leptin or leptin cannot signal the brain to eat less, this control is lost, and obesity occurs. But this condition is extremely rare.

Leaving aside the genes we are born with, all humans have the same biological body. That is, factors such as metabolism, environment, behaviour and culture do indeed affect us but such factors are not directly responsible for surplus body fat. To clarify further, there can be thin people and fat people living in the same environment and there will be thin people and fat people living in the same culture, and so on. Environment, culture and behaviour are factors that can influence body weight but they are not the root cause of obesity.

Why are so many people seriously overweight throughout the world? The prevalence of high-calorie snacks, fast foods and a sedentary lifestyle are not the only reasons. The problem can start as soon as babies are weaned and able to eat solid foods. Too often parents and caretakers, in the interest of keeping youngsters subdued, ply them with snacks all day long, creating in some a lifelong oral drive linking comfort and food. And, for too many, an increased risk of developing and dying from cancer and other obesity-related diseases.

But although sugary foods and being sedentary may make you fat, how exactly do these lifestyle factors cause obesity? In other words, what exactly is the root cause of obesity? What is the secret to losing surplus body fat? The answer in a word is: glucose.

By simply preventing blood glucose (blood sugar) from going below the normal default level in the blood you can easily achieve abiding good health and a slim body. Controlling your blood glucose is at the core of good health, weight loss, and disease prevention. And controlling blood glucose is a hormonal issue. That is, we prevent blood glucose from going below the norm by allowing our hormones to do what they are meant to do instead of impeding them.

When you eat food, some of that food converts into glucose in the bloodstream. The level of glucose in the blood is tightly controlled by various hormones so that it doesn’t become too high or too low. When blood glucose becomes too high or too low, your health suffers in many ways, the three biggest ways being:

1. You get fat.

2. You lose muscle.

3. You become diabetic.

Why is our blood glucose level so important?

Various lifestyle factors affect blood glucose. Factors such as junk food, smoking, medications, stress, and so on can greatly affect blood glucose, making it go too high or too low. If glucose goes too high, it triggers the hormone insulin which also goes up to bring down the level of glucose. This sets in motion a panic reaction: the pancreas over-produces insulin as a panic reaction to quickly bring down the level of glucose. This ‘knee-jerk’ reaction makes glucose plummet. That is, insulin pushes glucose down too much and it goes below the norm for a while. Eventually, glucose is returned to its normal default level in the blood.

Technical note: A normal fasting (no food for eight hours) blood glucose level is between about 70 and 99 mg/dL. A normal blood glucose level two hours after eating is less than 140 mg/dL. When we talk about low blood glucose in this book we are talking about a level below 75 mg/dl (4.1625 mmol/L) whether or not fasting. Normally, when blood glucose goes above 100 mg/dL (5.55 mmol/L), this begins to trigger insulin. The higher the blood glucose, the greater the amount of insulin secreted into the blood to bring down the level of glucose.

Do not confuse ‘low blood glucose’ as mentioned in this book with ‘reactive hypoglycemia’ also known as ‘postprandial hypoglycemia’. Reactive hypoglycemia is a dangerously low level of glucose that can result in a medical emergency and can be any figure below 70 mg/dL (3.88 mmol/L).

The harm to your health occurs while blood glucose goes below the normal level for your body, i.e. below about 80 mg/dl (4.44 mmol/L) whether or not you have eaten. It is no exaggeration to say that the harm caused to your body is devastating every time glucose goes below the norm. Furthermore it is a silent and insidious harm because you mostly do not feel it or notice it. By simply avoiding lifestyle factors that make your glucose plummet you will do more than anything else possible to achieve good health, a slim body and a long and disease-free life.

The theme of this book, the ideal diet, is all about controlling your blood glucose as this is the only effective way to easily and quickly lose weight and achieve abiding good health.

By far the easiest, quickest and healthiest way to lose surplus body fat is to minimize drops in blood glucose in your daily life, and you can do this without food deprivation and hardship. Here is how low blood glucose wrecks your life:

1. How low blood glucose makes you fat

2. How low blood glucose makes you lose muscle

3. How low blood glucose makes you diabetic

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1. How low blood glucose makes you fat

When blood glucose goes below the normal healthy level for your body (for whatever reason) your health and well-being is in trouble. Contrary to popular belief, low glucose makes you fat for several reasons.

It is well known to medical science that when glucose plummets the body switches into a fat-saving mode known as the ‘starvation response’. You may not be starving, but the lack of glucose is a warning that food may not be readily available.

Low blood glucose usually last for several hours and during this time the body will store more fat than otherwise until the level glucose returns to normal. During this period the stored glucose in the muscles (glycogen) is depleted.

This leaves you drained of energy and more likely to eat fattening junk food from a lack of energy. This in turn will eventually make glucose shoot up too high. When this happens, insulin will bring down the level of glucose by storing such glucose as surplus body fat.

As an aside, when you exercise on an empty stomach you drain your muscles of glycogen (stored muscle glucose). Such glycogen is replaced from the food you eat, not from body fat. But when you eat to replace lost energy this pushes blood glucose above the norm. It is then inevitable that insulin will make glucose plummet and when this happens, some of that glucose will be stored as body fat. As explained in book 2 of this 3-book series, exercise does not burn a single molecule of surplus body fat!

A fundamental point to understand about weight loss is that you can lose glycogen quickly, but it takes a long time to regain glycogen. Your body stores enough glycogen to last 12 to 14 hours of daily activity. That same amount of glycogen can be completely drained from just one to two hours of exercise (depending on the intensity).

So if you restrict carbs or fast or do vigorous exercise you quickly drain your muscles of glycogen (energy in the form of stored glucose). And then it can take between 22 hours to four days to completely replenish your glycogen supply!

To lose weight you never want to be low on glycogen because this makes the body store more body fat than otherwise while simultaneously inhibiting fat loss. So the secret to weight loss is to avoid exercise and switch to mere physical activity that is not sufficiently vigorous to make you sweat or pant for air (mouth breathe).

You should also avoid very low carb diets such as the ketogenic diet and Atkins diet (and any kind of intermittent fasting), as these harmful diet fads will quickly drain your muscles of glycogen and make you gain body fat.

Note that your body goes into a fat-saving mode even when glycogen is partially depleted. The solution is to do plenty of ‘physical activity’ rather than exercise and follow a healthy and nourishing high-carb, high-fat diet as explained in this book. In this way you minimize the loss of glycogen and simultaneously you minimize the propensity of the body to store fat.

A key point here is that when glucose drops below the normal default level in the blood, this goes hand in hand with a drop in glycogen because as soon as blood glucose is lacking, the body automatically starts using up glycogen (stored glucose).

Low glucose stresses the body more than just about anything else. Stress makes your glucose shoot up, then insulin also goes up, and both glucose and insulin plummet.

Such stress causes an outpouring of adrenal medullar hormones which mobilize the body's energy (i.e. glucose) to meet it. The body tries to contain the stressful cause, since it cannot eliminate it, leading to a variety of symptoms such as fast heart & breathing rate, headaches, upset stomach, insomnia, tension, frustration, poor concentration, fatigue & chronic tiredness, which is probably the most universal complaint in our culture.

Here is what Dr. Andrew Rostenburg has to say in relation to this matter:

"The body is hard-wired to react to low blood glucose by stressing the adrenal system. Every time we skip a meal we trigger an adrenal stress reaction. In other words, when we don’t eat (or when we follow a very low carb diet) we do violence to ourselves from the side effects of adrenal stress hormones and neurotransmitters. Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) also makes it impossible to digest your food by shutting off stomach acid. And yet most people don’t realize the stress they are causing to their gut and their genes by simply being ‘too busy’ to stop and eat.

If you think about it, low blood glucose is very likely one of the most stressful things that will ever happen to a person. Things like divorce, illness, job changes, new babies, etc. are very stressful life events. But they don’t happen every day. They create massive stress in our lives, but luckily these events are few and far between. The same is NOT true for a blood glucose problem.

If we fail to balance our blood glucose through proper food selection and eating frequently, then we create an enormous amount of adrenal stress every day! People who don’t eat enough or frequently truly are world-class adrenal junkies. And this can have disastrous consequences on our health and those whom we love".

Source: Dr. Andrew Rostenberg, board-certified chiropractic physician, How Blood Sugar Influences Dopamine/Adrenalin Levels – Comt and Mao, March 18, 2015 Home Slider, Introduction to Methylation and Mthfr, www.beyondmthfr.com.

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Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando are good examples of famous people who became fat through lifestyle factors that made them suffer from chronic low blood glucose. For example, Marlon Brando suffered a very stressful life following a series of box-office failures in the 1960’s. Stress is a major cause of low blood glucose. In Brando’s case this led to Type 2 Diabetes and obesity.

Regarding Marilyn Monroe, it is well documented that she suffered from the burnout-hypoglycemia-obesity connection. Her degree of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) was severe and lifelong. Monroe suffered from extreme bouts of depression and became overweight. She also needed drugs to help her feel alive, which only served to make her low blood glucose worse.

"Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) causes hunger, which is the reason low blood sugar so often leads to overeating and weight gain. Your brain is tricked into believing you need more glucose because there is excess insulin in your bloodstream. Glucose that is not used for energy is stored as fat". Source: Maura Shenker, certified nutritionist, Hypoglycemia & Weight Gain or Loss, July 2015, www.livestrong.com.

In the case of Elvis Presley, he mostly followed a diet of rich sandwiches, which typically included peanut butter, banana and bacon (now commonly called an Elvis sandwich). He also indulged in drugs and died of a drug overdose. A junk-food diet combined with drugs is a powerful way to make blood glucose plummet, and this made him obese (no disparity intended).

Last but not least, low blood glucose makes you feel lethargic and less likely to be physically active. This in turn makes you overeat and be sedentary, thus increasing obesity. The reality is that low blood glucose is by far the greatest cause of obesity compared to just about anything else. You don’t get fat when blood glucose shoots up; but when it inevitably goes down (by virtue of going up), that is when the harm occurs and you accumulate surplus body fat. Remember that whenever blood glucose goes down it is shunted out of the bloodstream and stored as surplus body fat.

2. How low blood glucose makes you lose muscle

Whenever blood glucose goes below the norm, the body is forced to make its own glucose from scratch by stripping amino acids (protein) from skeletal and organ muscles. Like an alchemist, the body mixes the amino acids with lipids, lactate and glycerol (a process called gluconeogenesis) to produce brand new ’homemade’ glucose to supplement the low blood glucose. Technically, the ingredients required for gluconeogenesis are 'collected' by the bloodstream and taken to the liver and kidneys for converting into glucose.

We would die if glucose remains too low even for a few minutes. So as soon as glucose plummets the body starts using stored glycogen and simultaneously starts to strip protein from lean muscle tissue as an emergency measure to make up for the lack of blood glucose. Gluconeogenesis is galvanized as soon as blood glucose drops below the norm, thus weakening muscles.

Have you ever wondered what exactly makes the body age with the passage of time? The answer is: sleep. Yes, when we sleep at night, the lack of food makes glucose go down and this triggers gluconeogenesis, which in turn strips protein from lean muscle tissue. This gradually ages the body, weakens muscles and in general causes body deterioration.

But this is perfectly normal; it is part of being alive. However, we never want to rev up gluconeogenesis unnecessarily by allowing our glucose to plummet. And be advised, when glucose plummets (for whatever reason) it can stay low for several hours, thus greatly accelerating gluconeogenesis. Sleep is both a recuperative process and a body aging process.

In reality we dip in and out of gluconeogenesis quite often, depending on our blood glucose level at any moment in time. These brief moments of gluconeogenesis are quite normal and harmless. But when glucose plummets as a result of junk-food, stress, fasting, etc. it is another order of magnitude. The key is to avoid a big drop in glucose as it will most likely stay too low for several hours and this is when the real harm occurs.

We certainly do not need to be in ‘extreme starvation’ for gluconeogenesis to occur. Our muscles (including the muscles of organs) act like a protein warehouse that enables gluconeogenesis to regulate the level of glucose in the blood. This serves to ensure we always have enough glucose in the blood to keep the brain going and the body alive.

In life we always want to minimize gluconeogenesis by avoiding poor lifestyle factors that put our blood glucose out of whack. This book shows you how to do this easily, safely and effectively.

3. How low blood glucose makes you diabetic

As explained throughout this three-book series, Type 2 Diabetes is caused by low blood glucose. Normally, glucose is delivered to muscle and liver cells by insulin. Metaphorically, insulin has a door key into body cells. So when insulin arrives at the door of a cell with its ‘cargo’ of glucose, insulin opens the door and ushers glucose into the cell.

So metaphorically insulin uses its key to unlock the door of a skeletal muscle or liver cell, and then ‘waves’ glucose into the cell where it can be fully used. If the door lock is jammed, insulin cannot open the door into the cell and hence the glucose cannot be delivered. With nowhere to go, the glucose remains in the blood until it slowly dissipates. Or if you have diabetes, it does not dissipate, giving you chronic high blood glucose.

What causes the cell’s door-lock to become jammed? The answer is: FAT. When glucose plummets there will be insufficient glucose in the blood for feeding to muscle and liver cells. When this happens, free fatty acids (FFA’s) will be fed to cells instead of glucose. And when this happens, metaphorically this clogs the cell’s door-lock permanently. Forever more, the cells affected can no longer accept glucose because insulin can no longer open the cell’s door to let glucose go in.

Our skeletal muscle and liver cells have evolved to much prefer glucose as a fuel source compared to FFA’s. But when glucose goes down, the cells are ‘forced’ to accept FFA’s or risk starving to death. Without some kind of fuel, the body would collapse and stop moving. But when fat is fed to cells that much prefer glucose, the cells are said to become ‘insulin resistant’. In other words, the cells would very much like to receive glucose but they cannot because their metaphorical door locks have become permanently jammed with FFA fat, thus preventing insulin from delivering much-preferred glucose.

Technically what happens is that as a result of burning fat instead of glucose, this produces harmful metabolites that damage the cell, making it incapable of allowing insulin to deliver glucose from then onwards.

Each time glucose plummets, some of your muscle and liver cells will forever more become insulin resistant. When this happens you don’t notice or feel anything; the encroachment of insulin resistance is silent and ‘invisible’. Over time more and more cells become insulin resistant. This gradually increases the amount of glucose that cannot be delivered, creating a log jam of glucose in the blood.

This log jam of glucose will gradually dissipate until the level of glucose returns to normal. But there will come a point when the high level of glucose will not dissipate as a result of so many cells becoming insulin resistant. When this happens you have insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes.

Nobody can avoid occasional low blood glucose moments, and hence nobody can avoid having some degree of insulin resistance – it’s part of life. The point here is to slow down the gradual encroachment of insulin resistance to the extent that it will never affect you (never cause full blown diabetes) for as long as you live. You do this by avoiding/minimizing episodes of low blood glucose.

The secret to successful weight loss is two-fold. The first secret is to avoid episodes of low-blood glucose in your daily life as explained in this chapter and throughout this 3-book series. The second secret is to follow a high-carb, high-fat diet, but never combine dietary fat/oil with junk food carbs (sugary foods & processed carbs). The rest of this chapter explains why this is so.

Fat synthesis & fat breakdown

The following two terms are used: ‘fat synthesis’ refers to the rate at which fat goes into body-fat cells for storage. And ‘fat breakdown’ refers to the rate at which fat is released from body-fat cells into the bloodstream for burning as energy.

Put simply, dietary fat/oil ultimately ends up in the blood as so-called fatty acids. They are then either used by some of our trillions of body cells in various ways, or the fatty acids go into fat storage (fat synthesis). We always have a pool of fatty acids circulating in the blood and the body

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