As in the case with separating carbs and fats, the same can be said about the notion of “waking up the pancreas” and/or “training” it through spiking insulin: our method has changed based on significant scientific research surrounding the benefits of the Glycemic index in relation to blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. Based on these findings, we no longer need to spike blood sugar levels, and in fact, we aim for the opposite in our new Stabilization protocol. When we spike blood sugar, insulin is released in higher levels to clear the blood of this “extra load” of sugar. At first, these higher levels of insulin clear the bloodstream fast, and often results in a sugar “crash” - energy levels may plummet but the biggest indicator is an increase in hunger. In time, and with repeated exposure to higher-than-normal levels of insulin secreted in response to a diet high in sugar, the insulin receptors on target cells become “resistant” to insulin’s action. When an individual with insulin resistance significantly reduces their intake of high glycemic carbohydrates, these receptors are able to recover and become “re-sensitized” to insulin’s actions. This does not mean, however, that such individuals could not become insulin resistant again if they resume a diet high in these types of carbohydrates. In the new Stabilization protocol, foods with a lower glycemic index are reintroduced in a slow and measured fashion. Each week, hunger is assessed (via daily journal), and once hunger ramps up, it may be an indicator that the client’s current net carb allowance has been reached, and their daily net carb allowance would be capped at a lower limit.
This is how we will “train the pancreas” in the new Stabilization protocol, so by the time they enter Maintenance, they know their daily limits for net carbs (as well as servings of fat and protein).”