Wow, here’s a great one! This study: http://time.com/4526448/high-protein-diet-weight-loss-insulin/
highlights several very very important points or conclusions. The authors have concluded that you can lose weight and still not receive dramatic health benefits or change long term chronic disease outcome such as risk of diabetes highlighted here. I have been saying this to patients for years. You can lose weight in ways that don’t dramatically improve the metabolic state. The classic example diet is the “starvation” diet or low calorie which is represented by the vast majority of proposed and popular diets. Here high protein and low carb is highlighted shown similar findings to the low calorie approach. As usual the goal of weight loss is wrong and should not be pegged to improved insulin sensitivity. We would redefine the goal to be improved metabolism function through a dramatic reduction in insulin. Insulin is the disease. When that happens weight loss ensues. So I would bet if they studied the insulin levels, which is difficult, they would have found continued elevated insulin. This is because high protein (excess) is converted to blood glucose stimulating insulin release. It would be the insulin elevation that would result in continued chronic disease risk. TAKE AWAY: Weight is not the cause of chronic disease. High Insulin is the problem. All of medicine is wrongly obsessed with weight loss to treat disease
A second important discussion here is the loss of lean body mass. They say 1/3 of weight loss is lean body mass but other studies would indicate 50% of the weight loss would be lean body (bone and muscle). Think about it, if you lost 50lbs you would lose at least 16 lbs of bone and muscle. This is in the face on an already reduced lean body mass in obese individuals. By the way, heart and brain are included in lean body mass. That’s terrible!!
Their conclusion: “moderation” diet composed of complex carbohydrate and protein?? In a diabetes program: low calorie and more exercise. The disadvantages of low calorie is addressed above and have been shown in thousands of studies not to result in significant results? These recurrent conclusions represent the reason we never make advances in nutritional science.
Michael D. Fox, MD