For several years now the success stories keep mounting of people who had underwent gastric bypass surgery and reversed their diabetes. Everyone in the know says the reason that happened was due to the small intestine spontaneously producing a molecule called GLUT-1. This molecule aids the small intestine in absorbing glucose more efficiently, lowering blood sugar numbers. Not any credit is given to the forced reduction in volume of food taken in by making the stomach smaller. In fact, so small that the individual has to eat 6-8 times a day.
Which got me to thinking. What if we could artificially reduce the glucose amount going to the intestines? Would that not almost do the same thing without surgery? Every diabetic in the know will tell you that if you want lower numbers you have to reduce carbohydrates. Carbs are the main source for glucose conversion. Protein can be made into glucose, but it is a very slow, inefficient process. And dietary fat can not be made into glucose. That is why so many diabetics, especially type 2’s are reporting such good success on the low carb, moderate protein, and high fat (LC/MP/HF) way of eating (WOE).
What would happen if a Type 2 increased the number of meals per day, but reduced the overall total calorie intake. Would it simulate the effect that gastric bypass surgery accomplishes? It might not cause the small intestine to produce the GLUT-1, but since the WOE has such a small amount of carbs in each of the smaller meals, that might not matter.
And, eating a smaller volume of the correct food more often might provide enough fuel for the body, but not enough to overwhelm the system and spike blood sugars after eating. Over time, this should shrink the stomach so that the smaller volume of food would be just as satisfying as a large meal.
A little background on how fat is stored by the body. First of all, dietary fat eaten cannot be stored as body fat. To a very lesser extent, protein can be stored as fat, but it must be converted into glucose first, and since the body only converts the glucose it needs from protein, hardly any extra would be produced. So the main cause of obesity is carbohydrates.
So the overall view I am seeing is that if we almost completely eliminate carbohydrates from our diet, reduce the overall amount of food eaten daily, and take that reduced amount and spread it out over 6-8 small meals, we will stop storing body fat, start burning what has been stored, and stabilize our blood sugars by not overwhelming our digestive systems with large, heavy meals.