Low Carb Diet Results In Smaller Fat Cells vs. Low Fat High Carb Diet Plans

“It’s pretty clear that when you have a lot of smaller fat cells, your metabolic health is tremendously improved,” Tracey McLaughlin, MD, MS, professor of medicine, endocrinology, gerontology and metabolism at the Stanford University Medical Center, said during her presentation. “As the fat cells get bigger, they predict the development of diabetes.”

In a study assessing the effects of weight loss on cardiovascular risk factors among adults with insulin resistance and overweight, but not obesity, McLaughlin and colleagues found that a modest weight loss of roughly 5 kg significantly improved insulin resistance, and that improvement was associated with adipose cell size.

“Fat cell size appears to be an even stronger predictor of insulin resistance than obesity per se,” McLaughlin said. “[In the study], the more weight you lost, the more [insulin action] improved; but the more your fat cell size shrank, the more your insulin action improved.” Continue reading…