Fight Insulin Resistance and the Hunger Hormone

January 5, 2012
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

78329431The bodybuilders’ secret to healthy muscles is the key.

The number one cause of the number one health crisis of our time, the “diabesity epidemic“, is relatively simple— all those empty calories, refined carbs (rice, pasta, bread, cold cereals), and liquid calories from sports drinks, sodas, and juice that we consume day after day! Affecting almost 1 in 2 Americans, and up to 2 billion people world wide, this epidemic is almost always caused by either environmental or lifestyle factors, both of which are reversible and highly preventable.

Simply put, processed carbs are quickly digested in the GI tract and absorbed by the body. A flood of glucose is released into the bloodstream. The pancreas reacts to this imbalance of blood sugar by secreting the hormone insulin. Insulin restores the blood sugar balance by helping to send the glucose into the muscle cells to be consumed for energy. If sugar isn’t burned for energy, it is then converted to fat.

Daily blood sugar surges with their correspondingly high levels of insulin —a fat storage hormone— can result in insulin resistance over time. This is when the body becomes less and less sensitive to insulin, thus more and more insulin is required to metabolize blood sugar. Insulin resistance is like the Pied Piper that leads us down the primrose path to increased belly fat, inflammation, high blood pressure, low HDL, high triglycerides and muscle loss.

Surprisingly, building more muscle mass may be one of the most effective ways of all to ward off insulin resistance. That’s because muscle tissue —not any of your organs— is the master “gland” responsible for 40% of your insulin controlling ability, and 80% of your ability to control blood sugar.

The greater your lean muscle mass, the greater your ability to reset metabolism and burn fat longer, even while you sleep.

Maintaining lean muscle mass is especially important for women, because we tend to lose 1/4 to 1/3 pound of muscle every year past age thirty-five. Weight training and the right protein powder can help to improve the tone and strength of your muscles more than anything else I know. And that will result in better fat metabolism all around.

Since the right kind of protein is so essential to fueling muscle tissue, obtaining the highest quality source is more important than ever to outsmart diabesity and its disastrous effects on heart disease, dementia, premature death, and muscle deterioration.

With the myriad of choices on the market today, how would you know which protein powder is best? Just ask your favorite bodybuilder!

For years bodybuilders have recognized that the key to quality protein is the leucine content. Leucine is one of the nine essential amino acids that provides appetite satisfaction and dials down the hunger hormone, grhelin, which otherwise would increase appetite, fat, and food intake.

The branched chain amino acids (which contain leucine, isoleucine, and valine) have long been one of the most highly prized muscle building products— primarily because of the high leucine content. Not only do the branched chain aminos counter the effects of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin but they also lower cortisol levels— another factor in fat storage.

Many bodybuilders take special branched chain amino acids as separate dietary supplement to build up serious muscle mass. But for the rest of us, choosing a pure whey protein powder is the ultimate fix because only whey protein contains the richest source of branched chain aminos of all the proteins on the planet.

UNI KEY’s Fat Flush Whey Protein contains a whopping 1,775 mg of leucine in just one scoop which is the equivalent of the serving size of a typical branched chain amino acid supplement. In addition, Fat Flush Whey contains other branched chain aminos like isoleucine at 1100mg vs. 800mg in the dietary supplement, and 925mg of valine vs. 800mg in the daily dose of branched chain amino acids.

One to two scoops daily of this hormone-free, nondenatured and unheated whey protein concentrate —in addition to a wholesome, whole foods diet and daily movement— is one small step to reverse the diabesity epidemic —one shake at a time.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Silvia Azoy

    What about sucralose content in all the leading brand quality whey protein powder?
    I’ve found some with stevia but they are more expensive….
    Does Fat Flush Whey Protein contain stevia?

  2. DSB

    I have ulcerative colitis and have been instructed NOT to consume whey or any other dairy products. What do you recommend as an alternative protein powder?

    • Alice

      I had UC for years (then had my colon removed) and now I have Crohn’s. I use a pea protein powder and haven’t had any digestibility issues.

  3. Beth

    it’s disappointing when a major health claim includes whey and no alternative. unless the dairy is from a cow and thriving on a pasture 100% of the time, it is NOT good for human consumption.

  4. Administrator

    Silvia: Fat Flush Whey Protein contains stevia – no sucralose.

    DSB: The Fat Flush Body Protein with non-GMO rice protein and yellow pea would be Dr. ALG’s Number One alternative.

    Beth: The Fat Flush Whey Protein was developed because Dr. ALG could not find a suitable whey protein to recommend. The result is the highest quality biologically acitve native whey protein from cows that are pasture raised without antibiotics or hormones. FFWP is a non-denatured protein – which is just as critical a factor as the pasture-fed issue you so correctly mention. FFWP contains immune modulating and regenerative peptides and amino acids that are especially fat-burning while serivng as a potent glutathione precursor. Glad we could clarify this and share with you why the ALG team is so proud of Fat Flush Whey. It goes whey beyond what is out there commercially.

  5. Karen

    After I finsh the Fat Flush with the Body Protein, should I switch to the Whey protein?

  6. Administrator

    Whey would be wonderful for greater lean muscle.

  7. CaliforniaBern

    Can’t wait for my protein to arrive. I have been using whey for years, however, it is hard to find one that it not treated with chemicals that I do not want to put into my body. I love the fact that there is no artificial sweeteners. I am a huge fan and use Stevia daily. Glad to find a responsible product.


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