Insulin-Resistance Diet Book

Insulin-Resistance Diet At a Glance

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The Insulin-Resistance Diet is a diet plan and book by Cheryle R. Hart, M.D. and Mary Kay Grossman, R.D. They explain what insulin resistance is and how to eat to conquer it. The back cover states this is not a diet book, but an eating guide for a lifestyle change. The authors used this plan for many years to help hundreds of people lose weight at a Washington weight loss clinic where they ran a Wellness Workshop and had a 95% success rate.

This is one of the best-selling diabetes diet books.

The Insulin-Resistance Diet Book Pros:

  • The book is reasonably priced
  • Clear and simple writing
  • No calorie counting is required
  • The plan is easy to understand
  • The plan is not difficult to follow and favorite foods can be incorporated
  • You should not feel hungry on this plan
  • Based on well-researched information

The Insulin-Resistance Diet Book Cons:

  • People with food allergies or who are sensitive to carbohydrates might have difficulty following the recommendations.
  • While there is no calorie counting, you must know the carbohydrate and protein counts and portion your food accordingly.
  • You have to keep meal and snack times in mind.

The Insulin-Resistance Diet - Expert Book Review

I bought this book many years ago, and the Insulin Resistance Diet book has been a permanent part of my diabetes library. Since reading it, I have permanently incorporated the basic concepts into my diet even when I have been following other diets.

It is based on good research and generally accepted diet guidelines. There is nothing controversial or shocking here. It is based on good common sense.

The Insulin Resistance Diet book is lightweight, simple and well-laid out. It contains clear explanations of what insulin resistance is and how it makes weight loss difficult for those who have it.

It also delves into the relationship between sugar levels, food, and fat.

There is no calorie counting here, but you have to know carbohydrate, protein, and fat counts. The plan involves food linking (pairing) and balancing. In a nutshell, it suggests you eat 7 g of lean protein with each 15 g of carbohydrate and no more than 32 g of carbohydrates within 2 hours. Exercise is also addressed in the book which outlines the benefits clearly.

In addition, you will find self-tests, food lists, real-world strategies, and easy recipes.

My Take on The Insulin-Resistance Diet

This is a lifestyle plan that is realistic and non-restrictive. It is easy to follow and understand. The information is straightforward without a lot of hype or fluff to make the book bigger and increase the price. Compared to other diet books, this one is very reasonably priced. I personally highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with insulin resistance.

The Insulin-Resistance Diet was revised and updated in 2007. It now carries the interesting subtitle of "How to Turn Off Your Body's Fat-Making Machine." Author Cheryle R. Hart M.D., is board certified in bariatrics, which is a top credential for the medical specialty of weight management.

The co-author, Mary Kay Grossman, R.D. is a registered dietitian. The book has garnered hundreds of very positive reviews on, with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars and reviews full of personal stories of using the book successfully.

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