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Sugar rush and crash is a phenomenon seen in many people that have a diet high in glycemic index, more specifically glycemic load.

The sudden rise in glucose after a high glycemic load triggers rapid release of the hormone insulin so that the body can start utilizing the glucose at the same time as keeping the blood glucose levels under control.

Sugar rush and crash and overeating

The rapid absorption of glucose after consumption of foods that are high in glycemic index meals induces a sequence of hormonal and metabolic changes, especially sugar rush and crash, leading to overeating.

Sugar rush and crash and insulin resistance

As the body can become resistant to the actions of the very anabolic hormone called insulin, this sugar rush and crash is believed to contribute to the commonly seen process called insulin resistance.

Sugar rush and crash and weight gain

The compensation for insulin resistance is to increase the production of this anabolic hormone - insulin which in turn makes one gain weight. The excessive levels of insulin can also cause metabolic starvation which in turn lead to ones own fat stores unavailable in between the meals.

Sugar rush and crash and metabolic starvation

An analogy to this metabolic starvation would to think of having a Swiss bank account where you can deposit money but lost the password to retrieve it back. This metabolic starvation that is seen in many of the obese or overweight people is what drives their overeating.

What went wrong with our diet?

Instead of blaming the victim for obesity, or yourself for obesity, it is important to understand what drives the weight gain, such as insulin resistance that affects up to 71 percent of the entire population out of which 35 percent already have metabolic syndrome.

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With over 20,000 books written on this topic with so much misleading information, let a trained practicing weight loss physician, Dr Prab R. Tumpati,MD educate you on the true science and art of obesity medicine.

Why the food pyramid failed?

The now withdrawn and failed food guide pyramid was a disaster as it advocated a low fat, but glycemic diet that leads to increased risk of insulin resistance which in turn causes weight gain.

Metabolic starvation in the obese

Most people that gain weight are not on a mission to gain weight intentionally. It is the paradoxical metabolic starvation that happens in the obese due to insulin resistance with a compensatory increase in the anabolic hormone called insulin that drives weight gain, hunger and metabolic starvation leading to food cravings, and weight gain!

Ted Talks: Why blaming the obese is blaming the victim?

Most people including many medical professionals, fail to understand this metabolic starvation in the obese and therefore, blame the victim.

Insulin resistance and weight gain

Studies have shown that up to 71 percent of the population in the United States have some degree of insulin resistance leading to their weight gain - it is not their fault but their metabolism that in fact causes them to gain weight due to the anabolic or body building effects of insulin.

Sumo Wrestlers and insulin resistance

In fact, Sumo Wrestlers in japan have been using insulin resistance as a way to gain excess weight at will as their ideal body weight for Sumo wrestling competition is between 400-600 pounds. They consume a diet rich in high glycemic carbohydrates which puts them in to insulin resistance leading to rapid weight gain.

They use this principle in animal husbandry where they feed the animal a diet rich in starches, especially corn which is high glycemic index so that the animal can gain weight rapidly!

Obesity trends

According to the CDC, up to 70 percent of the population are either overweight or obese. WikiMD brings the latest science and art of treating obesity moderated by a weight loss doctor


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