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Many people suffer from insulin resistance, even though few understand how it relates to obesity.

Insulin Resistance is at the core of most metabolic disease processes. And many Americans have an insulin problem thanks to our sugar and carb-rich diets.

Lesson Number 1 is about insulin resistance: what it is and why it is important.

Sadly, the disease of obesity remains stigmatized and over-simplified – and so has its recommended treatments. But thankfully more good resources are coming online to help educate people about the science behind diet and effective weight loss.

Dr. Sarah Hallberg is a Bariatric medical weight management specialist, which is a doctor trained specifically to help people lose weight. She has made a mark on the Bariatrics field by dispelling a lot of misconceptions about obesity and diet.

In this Ted Talk video, Dr. Hallberg spells out the all-too common problem that many Americans face with regard to insulin and their diets, including why you always feel hungry shortly after binging on “American Chinese food.”

A big part of her focus is on Type 2 Diabetes, formerly known as “sugar diabetes.”

But if Americans eat too much sugar, and it is the cause of Type 2 Diabetes, why has the American Diabetes Association been recommending people with this disease consume at least 45 grams of carbohydrate at each meal?

And why are some health professionals still arguing that consuming less than 130 grams of carbohydrates in a day could result in death? I am calling BS on that one! After all, where did this idea of a per diem carb threshold come from?

Here is one explanation (albeit a bit long), which I found to be very helpful.

130 grams of carbohydrates a day? But Why?

Still have questions? Let’s talk about them.

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