The underlying issue in obesity isn’t having too many calories in the body; it’s not having enough in the right place. High insulin levels — caused by our modern processed diet and other influences — have programmed fat cells to take in and store too many calories, leaving too few for the rest of the body.
So when we get hungry, our metabolisms slow down. Eventually, fat tissue develops chronic inflammation, setting the stage for diabetes and heart disease.
Cutting back calories on conventional diets doesn’t solve the fundamental problem: “hungry fat” stuck in calorie-storage overdrive. The best way to calm down fat cells is a higher-fat diet, with the right balance of protein and natural, slow-digesting carbohydrates.
This approach aims to “reprogram” fat cells by lowering insulin levels. When this happens, fat cells release their excess calories back into the body, resulting in decreased hunger and a faster metabolism. A typical day of eating in this manner would include a mix of protein sources like beans, meat, or fish, paired with vegetables like kale, avocado, and salad greens.
Adapted from an excerpt from the book ALWAYS HUNGRY? by David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D. Copyright © 2016 by David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D. Reprinted by permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.