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Remember some shaky presumptions
on 23 June 1998
This book was interesting and useful in that it clearly outlined insulin's (and glucogon's) role in the body's metabolic scheme of things, and as to how it could affect a person's storage (or utilization) of fat. What I feel is a bit misleading, however, is that the authors assume that *any* level of carbo will elevate blood sugar levels to the point where insulin is released, thus causing the body to go into "storage" mode. They don't acknowledge an individual's metabolic threshold for blood sugar, and thus equate any level of carbo consumption with elevated blood sugar.
Also, their target audience is clearly those individuals who are overweight, and are suffering from a myriad of health problems as a result; i.e. type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. For a normal person who's taken in by the novel idea of eating fat and protein, independant of carbos, this probably wouldn't be the best thing to do. And lastly, and most obviously, this would be brutal for an athelete. There's no way I could get through my day of work and heavy fitness on such a low carbo diet.
Bottom line: this book targets a very specific audience, and relies on a shaky pre-supposition that there is a high incidence rate of insulin resistance out there to produce a positive correlation between carb consumption, elevated blood sugar, insulin release, and therefore, fat storage.