Jane would be surprised how her unrefined, whole grain diet easily escalates into more car-
bohydrates than her body can handle. It’s simple enough. Carbohydrates raise blood sugar
or what is commonly known as glucose. You don’t have to eat sugar to accumulate too much
sugar in your blood. All forms of starchy carbohydrates result in a raised blood sugar level. It’s
true that some forms of carbs, like whole grains, take a little longer for the rise to occur than
with refined grains, but it will happen. And while all whole grains contain more nutrients and
fiber than their refined counterparts, some of them like whole grain pasta are not any gentler
on levels of blood sugar. If Jane took a blood sugar test after any one of her meals, she may be
shocked at the high number and the damage it is doing to her body.
Now please don’t put this book down thinking we’re pushing another Atkins type diet.
Constant low-carb diets like that go to extremes, and many who try them end up lowering
their metabolism and overdoing certain food groups while eliminating others. They also often
end up calorie counting since our bodies always learn to get efficient at metabolizing the same
food groups over and over. Who wants to end up counting calories as well as carbs? No thanks!
However, much can be learned from Dr. Atkins’ research. His science was mostly accurate.
Severely restricting carbs does result in shedding pounds and his diet is certainly healthier than
the Standard American Diet. But, carbohydrates are essential for well-rounded health. The
trick is to eat the right ones in the right amounts. We’ll show you how to do it soon.
We have to give Jane credence for the things she’s doing right. Whole grains are certainly
full of more nutrients than white or refined grains and a diet that is liberal in vegetables and
fruits must be given its dues. Kudos to Jane for this! She is not loading her body with chemicals
and toxins from processed foods and she avoids harmful trans fats. Another cheer!
Basic Physiology 101
Jane’s problem lies in her imbalance. In the end, it is not only the quality of the foods that you
eat, but the quantity. In high amounts, whole grains, even with their higher fiber levels can be
deceivingly destructive to a slim waistline and a healthy mind and body.
It’s all about proportions. To make up for the lack of fat and satisfying protein in her diet,
Jane steers her diet in the complete opposite direction and relies too heavily on carbohydrates.
They make up the bulk of her meals. Even though she may choose the healthiest of carbs like
organic whole grains, when she indulges too heartily (and she will need to in order to feel satis-
fied), they raise her blood sugar to the point where it is as detrimental as eating plain old junky
white bread. Jane’s blood is constantly overloaded with glucose, meal after meal. This is stored
as fat, first as extra padding around the mid section.
All that so-called “whole grain goodness” is the reason for the thickness she can now easily
pinch around her middle. Who woulda thought it? Not Jane, but now she’s going to get the
Basic Physiology 101: Any extra padding around the waistline is related to an excess of
carbs, creating a problem with the hormone insulin.
Insulin—Your Friendly Neighborhood Delivery Truck
Jane would be surprised to learn that eating fat doesn’t make you fat. Yes, you read correctly!
You can eat lots of fat in a meal and not gain a pound. You can actually lose some of your own
body fat if your fat filled meal is not eaten with sugars or starches which convert to glucose in
the blood stream.
Your knowledge to freedom—EXCESS INSULIN MAKES YOU FAT! Insulin is your
storing hormone. It promotes the storage of nutrients in your body, which is good and neces-
sary. But, when insulin is over secreted, it becomes a fat storing monster, and that’s why it is
notoriously known as the fat-promoting hormone of your body. Constantly creating excess
insulin in your body meal after meal is the perfect way to get fat.
But, God didn’t design your insulin hormone to fatten you up. It was designed to transport
glucose, proteins, and fats out of your blood stream and into your cells so your body can use them. Without insulin, the amino acids that protein contains would not be driven into your
muscle cells where they are needed to make repairs. Fatty acids would not have a way out of
the blood stream to nourish your skin, brain, and nervous system. Glucose would stay locked
in the blood stream and could eventually lead to coma and death. The key is to ensure insulin
works for your good, the way God intended, not to your detriment.
How do you get excess insulin? By eating excess carbs. Carbohydrates are the main food
group that will stimulate a large insulin surge. The reason is that carbohydrates are converted to
blood glucose much more quickly than fat and protein. That, in turn, causes rapid, large rises
of insulin. Dietary fat has very little effect on insulin, but protein causes small to medium rises.
The important difference between the way protein and carbs stimulate insulin is that pro-
tein also causes the body to release glucagon, a hormone that helps counteract the more haz-
ardous sides of insulin. Glucagon helps to halt insulin’s stimulation of fat synthesis. Animals
in a laboratory setting that are given injections of pure glucagon fail to gain weight and reduce
their food consumption. This is why protein is so important in every meal. We will drill this
protein precept into you as the book continues. A carb heavy meal with little protein will cause
insulin to surge ahead without the buffering effects of glucagon.
Insulin’s most important job is the task of clearing elevated sugar from your blood. Your
body prefers your blood sugar to stay in a safe zone of about 80-100 (measured by a glucose
monitor). Once your blood sugar bumps up above this threshold, insulin must go to work to
bring it down again. It is like the truck that carries the sugar out of your blood stream and
delivers it elsewhere. It cleans up and delivers after every meal you eat. Insulin has to do this
because too high blood sugar for too long is fatal. Therefore, if your diet is very carb heavy,
your pancreas will have no choice but to over-react and send out large amounts of insulin to
take care of the big mess of excess sugar in your blood. It’s only doing this to keep you alive!