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RETURN TO BLOG 4th January 2020 By the LiMe Program Medical Research Team The best of both worlds; The LiMe Program’s Carb Controlled diet. The short term results of a keto/low carb diet with the long term health benefits of complex carbs. As discussed in an earlier blog article, the Keto/low carb diet can appear to dramatically improve type 2 diabetes if measured by the HbA1c test or fasting blood sugar test. These test numbers can appear normalised on a Keto/low carb diet and often medications can be reduced or eliminated, resulting in claims of diabetes reversal, by keto diet proponents. However, the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test, (OGTT) which is the gold standard test for diagnosing diabetes, will soon show diabetes is still well and truly present as insulin resistance, when following a keto/low carb type diet. Reversing diabetes is all about firstly reversing insulin resistance and restoring insulin receptor function. If you have insulin resistance, you still have diabetes. On the keto/low carb diet, carbs must be nearly totally avoided because they will spike blood sugar levels, due to the underlying state of insulin resistance. However, remaining on a virtually carb free diet long term is known to cause health problems and is not recommended by any government health agencies. There is no arguing with the science -studies show the the longest living and most disease free populations all consume high complex carbohydrate diets, low in fat and protein. There is no long term study showing the same for a keto/ low carb style diet. Keto/low carb style diets worsen insulin resistance, making diabetes worse in the long term and carry huge health risks. Is there a way to quickly normalise blood sugar numbers AND reverse insulin resistance safely? Yes. The Carb Controlled Diet; The short term results of Keto/low carb, while reversing insulin resistance Trying to reverse diabetes on a healthy, high complex carb diet can often be problematic due to the underlying state of insulin resistance. Consuming carbs of almost any type can initially cause blood glucose levels to spike-often dramatically. Keto/low carb style diets can lead to fast weight loss, mainly due to loss of water in the body. They also can reduce blood glucose levels quite quickly, leading to medication reductions and the illusion of reversal of type 2 diabetes. No wonder they are so popular. It’s just a pity they aren’t safe long term, don’t actually reverse insulin resistance and therefore don’t reverse diabetes. The Carb Controlled diet, developed exclusively for the LiMe program by our dietitians, is a much better alternative. The Carb Controlled diet is a transition diet that is used in the first stage of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). It delivers the same short term benefits as keto without the risks and side effects like kidney damage, caused by high levels of fats and proteins. The Carb Controlled diet does 3 things that are essential in a diabetes reversal program. Firstly, it reduces blood sugar levels quickly. Secondly, it assists with fat loss-without causing water loss. Thirdly, it improves insulin resistance by clearing out those intramyocellular lipids from the cells. What do you eat following the Carb Controlled diet? Some carbs - but not just any old carbs. The secret of the Carb Controlled diet is the carbs are low glycemic load. Low glycemic load carbs are the ones that don’t spike blood sugars, and they also provide the healthy fuel the body prefers - glucose. Our brains are powered by glucose and our muscles can easily access it. The Carb Controlled diet is low calorie but without any portion control or calorie counting. It’s an ‘ad libitum’ diet -eat as much as you like while feeling just comfortably full. Overeating is nearly impossible. Losing weight through fat loss is pretty hard to avoid on the Carb Controlled diet. In fact, that’s why it is just a transition diet. It’s also nutritionally dense, providing all the essential micro-nutrients. Your personalised Carb Controlled protocol will include lots of healthy vegetables, some fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and some whole grains. It can include small amounts of lean animal foods if required. Lastly, it provides one benefit that keto diets can never provide - it reverses insulin resistance and restores proper insulin function. Once insulin resistance is restored, the Carb Controlled diet transition phase is finished and a healthy, sustainable, long term way of eating is introduced on the LiMe Program. Reversing insulin resistance means none of the life-long deprivation suffered on a keto/low carb diet, like not eating pasta or pizza. It means enjoying those foods you love, like hearty and warming carb rich foods - the starchy vegetables, the breads, the legumes, the whole-grains, rice, dahl and the whole-food baked dishes, like lasagne. It means eating fruits like bananas and mangoes, without worrying about spiking blood sugars. Don’t suffer the deprivation and side effects of a keto/low carb style diet when the Carb Controlled diet offers a much better way. It’s only available through the LiMe Program and is personalised to suit each client. RETURN TO BLOG
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RETURN TO BLOG 4th December 2020 By the LiMe Program Medical Research Team The best of both worlds; The LiMe Program’s Carb Controlled diet. The short term results of a keto/low carb diet with the long term health benefits of complex carbs. As discussed in an earlier blog article, the Keto/low Carb diet can appear to dramatically improve type 2 diabetes if measured by the HbA1c test or fasting blood sugar test. These test numbers can appear normalised on the Keto diet and often medications can be reduced or eliminated, resulting in claims of diabetes reversal, by keto diet proponents. However, the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test, (OGTT) which is the gold standard test for diagnosing diabetes, will soon show diabetes is still well and truly present as insulin resistance, when following a keto/low carb type diet. Reversing diabetes is all about firstly reversing insulin resistance and restoring insulin receptor function. If you have insulin resistance, you still have diabetes. On the keto/low carb diet, carbs must be nearly totally avoided because they will spike blood sugar levels, due to the underlying state of insulin resistance. However, remaining on a virtually carb free diet long term is known to cause health problems and is not recommended by any government health agencies. There is no arguing with the science -studies show the the longest living and most disease free populations all consume high complex carbohydrate diets, low in fat and protein. There is no long term study showing the same for a keto/low carb style diet. Keto/low carb style diets worsen insulin resistance, making diabetes worse in the long term and carry huge health risks. Is there a way to quickly normalise blood sugar numbers AND reverse insulin resistance safely? Yes. The Carb Controlled Diet The short term results of Keto, while reversing insulin resistance. Trying to reverse diabetes on a healthy, high complex carb diet can often be problematic due to the underlying state of insulin resistance. Consuming carbs of almost any type can initially cause blood glucose levels to spike- often dramatically. Keto style diets can lead to fast weight loss, mainly due to loss of water in the body. They also can reduce blood glucose levels quite quickly, leading to medication reductions and the illusion of reversal of type 2 diabetes. No wonder they are so popular. It’s just a pity they aren’t safe long term, don’t actually reverse insulin resistance and therefore don’t reverse diabetes. The Carb Controlled diet, developed exclusively for the LiMe program by our dietitians, is a much better alternative to keto. The Carb Controlled diet is a transition diet that is used in the first stage of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). It delivers the same short term benefits as keto without the risks and side effects like kidney damage, caused by high levels of fats and proteins. The Carb Controlled diet does 3 things that are essential in a diabetes reversal program. Firstly, it reduces blood sugar levels quickly. Secondly, it assists with rapid fat loss-without causing water loss. Thirdly, it improves insulin resistance by clearing out those intramyocellular lipids from the cells. What do you eat following the Carb Controlled diet? Some carbs - but not just any old carbs. The secret of the Carb Controlled diet is the carbs are low glycemic load. Low glycemic load carbs are the ones that don’t spike blood sugars, lowering them instead, and they also provide the healthy fuel the body prefers - glucose. Our brains are powered by glucose and our muscles can easily access it. The Carb Controlled diet is low calorie but without any portion control or calorie counting. It’s an ‘ad libitum’ diet -eat as much as you like while feeling just comfortably full. Overeating is nearly impossible. Losing weight through fat loss is pretty hard to avoid on the Carb Controlled diet. In fact, that’s why it is just a transition diet. It’s also nutritionally dense, providing all the essential micro-nutrients. Your personalised Carb Controlled protocol will include lots of healthy vegetables, some fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and some whole grains. It can include small amounts of animal foods if required. Lastly, it provides one benefit that keto/low carb diets can never provide - it reverses insulin resistance and restores proper insulin function. Once insulin resistance is restored, the Carb Controlled diet transition phase is finished and a healthy, sustainable, long term way of eating is introduced on the LiMe Program. Reversing insulin resistance means none of the life-long deprivation suffered on a keto diet, like not eating pasta or pizza. It means enjoying those foods you love, like hearty and warming carb rich foods - the starchy vegetables, the breads, the legumes, the whole-grains, rice, dahl and the whole-food baked dishes, like lasagne. It means eating fruits like bananas and mangoes, without worrying about spiking blood sugars. Don’t suffer the deprivation and side effects of a keto/low carb style diet when the Carb Controlled diet offers a much better way. It’s only available through the LiMe Program and is personalised to suit each client. RETURN TO BLOG
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