Insulin Resistance Diet — What To Eat & Why

Learn this ancient Diabetes Miracle!

Insulin resistance diet, is a very important topic. Especially for people living with type 1 diabetes. This is a presentation where two type 1’s share their story using a insulin resistance diet to reverse the problem by addressing the cause. They also share success stories with type 2 clients, where reversing insulin resistance also allowed them to stop diabetes medications. Learn all the science and practical application in this lecture.

Insulin resistance diet is often misunderstood. Many people think that carbohydrates are the problem, but Dr. Cyrus Khambatta explains exactly why it’s actually fat that is the problem. Please comment below with any questions you have!

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48 comments

  • Delaney McKnight

    I’ve struggled with hypoglycemia my whole life and Alzheimers runs in my family. I started watching this channel because I like to support the vegan community, but never thought that the information presented here related to me. Thank you for sharing this information! My HCLF journey starts today.

  • Angel Florczyk

    So I am finally so tired of being a diabetic type 2 I have dove in head first into learning about nutrition. All aspects. So I have recently became keto but the keto I am on is not high protein … they are trying to prevent gluconeogenesis from occurring as it affects blood sugar. I have had phenomenal control and my A1C dropped to 6.2 . I want to get off all my medication. This is working for me, but after watching the lecture I am very confused as to what is the correct was to approach this?

    • gwynedd1

      I realized I was going to have to live with an enormous amount of propaganda when it comes to nutrition. I came to my senses and realized how tired to human culture diet really is. The food is often a sign of status . Wealthy people ate exotic things from far away or out of season. Potatoes were considered beneath the French and peanuts were slave food. Religions forbid some foods and command others to be eaten. Vegans are currently out of control.

      Long time ago I went on a starch based diet. It was pasta and potatoes. I got very lean .
      I was also quite young the times I did it. I also tend to get lean on low carb. They both work for me. I will more or less just alternate between healthy diets like when certain fruit comes into season I will be high carb low fat.

    • gwynedd1

      It would have to be 10% fat and more or less eating a few nuts. That would likely work. However if you like the taste of fat……

    • PurryWinkle

      Perhaps your responses would be more useful if you changed your tone and simply explained your viewpoint. I lan to check out Dr. Pamela Peeke, per your reference. We are all trying to be respectful and open to learning. Many of the people in the comments here, like myself, are interested in determining the differences between LCHF, and the reverse–high-carb/vegan diets to manage diabetes and overall health.

    • PurryWinkle

      Thanks Alison–I’ll check out Dr. Schmidt’s information. I’ve so far used keto (got good results) and periods of simple low-carb as well as fasting to manage my low-level diabetes, but my preference would be to move towards a vegan diet–as a lifestyle choice.

    • Nicha

      Dr. Bernard runs a clinic that specializes in reversing diabetes, pretty sure he will trump you. His patients reverse diabetes and eat pretty high carb
      The ADA does not recommend a high carb diet

  • Skaya Bellydance

    I’m confused: my professor in Belgium tells me that it’s fructose (like in refined sugar, but also in other sources like fruits) that causes insuline resistance over time. So you should ban refined sugar and moderate in other alternative sugar like agave, maple syrup, but also fruits (like no more than three portions of fruit in a day – if you’re a healty non insuline resistance person), because the over intake of fructose will be stored as fat in your liver, muscles, tissues which will create abdominal fat and insuline resistance/diabetes II over time. But in the lecture was told, it’s due to saturated fat, but what about the over-intake of fructose or carbohydrates in general, won’t that be stored as fat? (i agree that saturated fat should be limited) I don’t understand why it’s okay to eat as much fruit as i see in the videos) Thank u for the interesting lecture and for reading my question.

    • gwynedd1

      ever hear of the complex cause logical fallacy?

      https://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/complex.htm

      its hard to believe the diet world has been befuddled by a lack of elementary logic.

    • Skaya Bellydance

      Thank you!!

    • beate setzer

      Skaya Bellydance you are absolutely correct, aso look up Dr.Lustig on you tube .He is a specialist for hormonal problems in children and an activist on sugar. Dr Fung ,a kidney specialist, treats his diabetics
      with intermittent fasting..Both specialists are in California.

    • Jenny Burgoyne

      Skaya Bellydance hi, i won’t be able to answer all your questions, and my understanding is very limited, but from what i understand, diet high in refined sugar is very bad for the reason you explained. If you notice in the chart listing foods that are safe and foods to avoid, refined starches / sugars is in the column of foods to avoid. I think people could eat more fruit than they might believe is acceptable, but only in the instance that the total amount of calories does not exceed a certain amount, which is much more difficult in the case of fruit versus refined carbs (think calories eating a slice of cake versus a bowl of berries). fruits are a relatively harmless source of energy and they have many benefits. On the other hand high fat diets are dangerous for many reasons. Low fat diets probably were especially emphasized to counteract the misconceptions that many people have and bad advice given from many well-intentioned people, as well as the direct connection to the mechanism that causes insulin resistance. hope this helps (:

    • Heinz Schulz

      Your lectures are great. But I am confused but all the books I am reading.I am taking daily coconut oil to prevent Alzheimer’s.where can I get more information or do you have any literature or box. Thank youyou guys are great. Oh shoot

  • BK K

    Low carb is not always high protein. Lots of people, mistakenly clump high fat with high protein. That is like clumping together high carb with high sugar. They are not the same. Besides that I love the video, it was interesting and easy to understand esp the visual with the volunteers. Thanks for the video!

    • Cassandra Greer

      I am doing a 75-80% fat, 15-20% protein, 5% carb diet. I feel very good and clear with it. I’ve never liked fruit and vegetables.

    • William Jackson

      Thanks Gwynn, can you give me a link to additional sources that talk more about this. I like the term “lowering the fat sugar ratio” this sounds more relevant to how I am trying to achieve optimal health.

    • gwynedd1

      ‘”Thanks for your comment. The term “high protein” and “high fat” depends
      100% on how you define it. According to our research, more than 15%
      calories from fat or more than 15% calories from protein are considered
      high. How are you defining the terms “high protein” and “high fat?”‘

      Only using carbohydrates as a base line , that would be high. If you plan on eating a lot of carbohydrates going past 15% fat is going to be storing fat . Really any fat you eat will be stored , but that 10% is important for essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins. You might burn the fat later , but with high carb all fat will be stored.

      At a 1 to 1 ratio you still can’t burn fat so its all going into storage. Worse still is high fat levels also interfere with glucose metabolism. It seems that it might mimic a fasting metabolism in the blood chemistry so more insulin is needed to convince cells they must stop sparing glucose for the essential body parts. So no energy source is being used well all while fat is being shoved into adipose tissue. Once carbs are lowered way down ,then the resistance to take glucose saves your life because glucose need to be spared for parts of the brain. And then fat burning is possible. Dietary fat can be burned along with body fat. Saying high is really saying lowering the fat sugar ratio. You want a high ratio, 6/1 or higher unless one wants to store fat.

    • William Jackson

      Thanks for your comments, I have been doing a ketosis diet for some time now… but my overall vegetable intake is over 7 cups per day. As well as amazing supplementation and exercise. I am just overwhelmed by the amount of scientific information on what is good and what is bad. I lead a very healthy lifestyle and eat very clean. But for me, the healthy saturated fat diet with moderate protein and minimal carbs have enhanced my lifestyle. The arguments here sound closely related to global warming… I don’t believe there is a one size fits all diet.

    • Mark Lowe

      I think none of it should be clumped together and no % ratio is absolute. It’s highly subjective. Using the terms high this and low that is the first mistake. It presents zero value to the topic. Is the person maintaining an athletic heavy load body. Is the individual an obese sedentary person. Is the person wanting to build muscle mass or functional strength.

      Without knowing this first the rest total babble, nonsense and bullshit all in one.

      The volume of protein intake would also depend their body muscle mass, maintain or build.The volume of carbs heavily depend on the exertion per day, lose weight objective, gain weight or maintain weight. Fats, burning glucose or keytones & what’s the existing lipid ratios, do we need change the fats types?
      It’s a very long formula with a lot of options. Hence the high this low that argument rings huge alarm bells. Beware.

      Work out your situation.
      Work out your target.
      Work out the routine you need to get there.
      Apply the correct diet.
      Don’t assume that diet won’t need adjustment over time.

  • Kaz Pen

    I would really like to do this but have experienced the following:
    1. I fall asleep after eating oats, potatoes and bread. 
    2. My blood sugars go up!
    3. Also, why haven’t low fat diets worked over the last 40 years and people have just got fatter doing them?

    • Troy Young

      well im doin wat is good for myself and my wife. ive done alot of research not only wat to eat but how to eat and know about my body. we are living in diff times now, almost everything u buy at the store is somewhat manufactured, etc..as of now, Keto and Intermittent fasting has change both are lives. another note, u dont have to be on keto for rest of ur lives..u can switch off and on as u plz..get the correct info guys and research.

    • Erran Pierce

      Low fat, high sugar. Sugar and fructose turn to fat in the liver. Get the sugar from plant sources, not processed poison.

    • Nicha

      What people have been eating a low fat diet for the last 40 years?

      I know all you are doing ot repeating garbage off low carb blog sites.. just use your own brain here, Americans eat a garbage diet, they are close to eating 40% fat, and it hasn’t changed much over the years.

  • Susan Wheeler

    Great presentation. You explain it so well! On my listen over and over to keep the path list.

  • Lisa Barone

    many people including myself type 2 do not respond to eating starches such as potatoes and many other starchy foods apples are great everyone needs to understand the bio -individual issues …

  • Barry Sharp

    I’ve been low carb (less than 30mg of non-starchy veg), high fat (65-70%) medium protein (60 mg) per day for 5 years. I lost 2 stone initially over 6 months, and have maintained my weight at 80kg ( I am 6ft). My last A1c was 5, triglycerides very low. If I consume fruit my blood glucose shoots high.

  • Sandy Grungerson

    protein is easily converted into sugar by some ppl…and insulin resistance can come from anti-insulin hormone factors from the upper small intestine, which is sensitive to stress hormones

  • Global Healing

    Bravo !!! I am Orthomolecular PhD and you are amazing 2nd human being that agrees with my theory. My specific nutrition assessments and healing as holistic human beings works.
    Thank you !!!

  • truncate7

    At last … an answer!!! At a T2 diabetic I have been badgering my UK doctors’ since 2007 to ascertain whether or not my pancreas has just not producing enough insulin or if I am insulin resistance and to be tested. Their only response is always to just shrug their shoulders and tell me ‘we don’t know which you are; but just keep taking the medication’. Thank you so very much. Things are starting to make sense regarding the fat being stored in places not designed to store fat!

  • Anthony Llabres

    IR initially may just be a mechanical failure of fat cells to recruit insulin mediated glucose transporters to the cell membranes. The underlying cause is impairment in new fat cell recruitment, like in getting fatter while remaining insulin sensitive.

  • Vegetto Blue

    You guys are great ? the job you maked is amazing ????

  • wyatt patterson

    I have never heard that fat causes insulin resistance.

    • wyatt patterson

      Khal, I hope you give an update at some point. I understand from a weight loss scenario cutting back on fat would allow you to burn your own. I’d like to see the studies that show eating that many CHO eliminates insulin resistance.

    • Khal Drogo

      wyatt patterson I’m still on the fence with the idea. I was diagnosed type 2 a couple months ago and I just want to adopt a diet that won’t have me take meds. they are giving me a few months to get back on my feet

  • Jason Simpson

    I wouldn’t classify The Zone diet as low carb, since it’s 40/30/30 with carbs being the 40.

    I keep going back to low carb, but it doesn’t spike my blood sugar super high, but it won’t come back down, either. It kicks insulin resistance into high gear.

  • Christ IsLord

    Have you tried a ketogenic diet?

  • Low Carb Sandra

    Can I rotate the HCLF and LCHF to bring my Hba1c down? Or must it be one or the other. Also how do I increase my carbs after I get my Hba1c down to normal?

  • Pratim Putatunda

    Very science & research light talk. It seems like they are clearly skirting the hard new evidence based research which is showing how high carb intake (which is what our population has been driven to eat while vilifying naysayers like Dr. Atkins), is leading to more and more diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Cancer. If carbs (especially refined carbs) were so awesome, then why are things getting worse, across the board, across the world!?! Clearly high carbs is not the solution. And these “plant eater” evangelists fail to mention that the high fiber in the plant food they eat NEUTRALIZES the carbs in the plant food! So OBVIOUSLY if you cut out all the refined foods and OIls (HYDROGENATED) and eat only plant based foods, you ARE ACTUALLY ON A LOW CARB DIET – you will see great benefits. If they are genuinely eating a pure plant based diet without the refined carbs and sugars, and are exercising vigorously, you will improve your health. But, nowhere in his talk has he shared a SHRED of SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE/RESEARCH that actually shows that dietary fat intake actually leads to DIRECT FAT INTAKE into the cells <--- this kind of OVER SIMPLIFICATION is what creates all the confusion. A HIGH FAT KETO diet that is being recommended for controlling, preventing and REVERSING all the leading causes of lifestyle diseases today, is also a HIGH FIBER, PLANT FOOD DIET - 70% of your volume of food comes from vegetables, a moderate amount of protein (because amino acids, B12 etc. are vital, and plant based diets are invariably deficient in these), and in terms of VOLUME saturated fat you can actually eat, it is not a whole heck lot. Most people on KETO diets can consume 5-6 spoons of NON HYDROGENATED OILS or butters or ghee at the most. Hence, the KETO diet, which is basically a modified Atkins diet, is essentially a high volume of plant foods diet with no vilification of the two other KEY RESOURCES of healthy vitamins, amino acids and essential fats which your body really needs from protein and fat rich foods. So, please don't get confused by the silly classroom demonstrations. Paleo Diets are actually mimicking how we should be eating, and a strict Keto diets needs to be followed because most of us have already developed Insulin Resistance by eating WRONG all our lives and we need to reverse the damage done. If by following a KETO diet all your markers are falling down into the healthy range, which even the speakers admit to, they are actually arguing that maintaining your HEALTHY markers long-term will cause heart attacks WITHOUT A SHRED OF ACTUAL EVIDENCE!

    • Indigo Mom

      I am in full agreement with your assessment. I am sad to see any PhD steering naive people in the complete wrong direction. To suggest eating coconuts and olives is fine, but avoiding coconut and olive oils is preposterous. They achieved their personal health success by trying their own approach flying in the face of scientific knowledge, and presenting it in a slick way so people are more easily convinced. Also they are assuming that low carb automatically means high protein and aren’t making mention of ketogenic diets which are low protein…

  • Oberon Pan

    Meanwhile, this video claims that fat is NOT the cause of insulin resistance.

    I give up.

    https://youtu.be/IpedthIpUnY

  • chad yancey

    Is juicing ok