Low-Carb Diet vs. Low-Fat Diet — Jessica’s Experience (T1D)

March 6, 2020 0 By Ewald Bahringer

Jessica: I went to eating tons of fruit and
vegetables — all raw — and within two weeks I was
already seeing good results. I feel like I have conquered my health. Cyrus: All right. So today we’re here with Jessica Stiddum. Jessica is a 23-year-old female and
she’s been living with type 1 diabetes since 1996. She decided to join our coaching program in
September of 2016 so that’s about six months ago. And she’s got an incredible story to tell
you, so I’ll let her tell you exactly what changes
she’s seen in her insulin sensitivity over the course of
time. Thanks for being here today, Jessica. Jessica: I’m excited to share my story with
everyone. I, like he said, have been diabetic since
I was three years old and have never really
had a full ability to know how to control it well. I have
been told by doctors my whole life to stay on a low carb diet and that that was really
the best way to control insulin and to use less of
it. And I went so low carb about six months ago
that I actually ended up on type 2 medication. I
was using Metformin, I was using way more insulin than I’ve ever used in my life because
I was trying to be healthier and lose weight and
it seemed like the very opposite of that was happening. So I was to the point where due to insurance
I couldn’t get my type 2 medication so I was extremely high blood sugar. I was between 300 and 400 all day long. My numbers right away went back to normal
where they should have been — around 90 – 120. Cyrus: What I love to track is your change
in insulin sensitivity. So your insulin sensitivity in this
situation is defined as your 24 hour carbohydrate to insulin ratio, meaning the total number
of grams of carbohydrate you can eat for the
total number of units of insulin you need on a 24 hour
basis. And at the beginning of this program, you
were eating about 20 grams of carbohydrate per day
because like you said you were on a very low carbohydrate diet, right? Jessica: Yes, correct. Cyrus: Okay, so you were at 20 grams of carbohydrate
per day but despite that, your total insulin use was 37 1/2 units of insulin. What that means is that your carbohydrate:insulin
ratio over the course of 24 hours was about 0.5. Then what were the actual changes you made
to your diet following our recommendations? Jessica: I went from eating chicken and all
the proteins, and I went to eating tons of fruit and
vegetables — all raw — and within two weeks I was already seeing good results. Cyrus: That’s great. So basically, you decided that you wanted
to do an uncooked low-fat plant based whole foods approach. Jessica: Correct. Cyrus: Okay. So at the 3-month marker, what we noticed
with your insulin sensitivity is that your total carbohydrate intake had gone up from
20 grams per day to 325 grams per day. So you
went from 20 – 325 grams per day, so you would think that you’re increasing your carbohydrate
intake by that much, then surely your insulin use is going to go up too right? Jessica: Nope. Cyrus: I was thinking the same thing, right? So it looks like your total insulin use went
significantly down. So you started at 37 units per day and you
ended up at 29 units per day. Jessica: Correct. Cyrus: So basically, your insulin sensitivity
over the course of 24 hours went from 0.5 (which it
was at the beginning) all the way up to 11.2, which is a 2000% change. Jessica. Yes. Cyrus: That’s a world record. I mean we’ve never seen somebody with those
numbers before. We’ve seen people with up to 1500% increase,
but you just established the world record which
is cool. Now, the best part is that by the 6 month
marker your insulin sensitivity was still improving. So you were still eating 325 grams of carbohydrate,
but your insulin use continued to fall. So eventually you got to 325 grams of carbohydrate
for 23 units of total insulin, which gives you an insulin sensitivity of 14:1. Jessica: Yes. Cyrus: So now your insulin sensitivity has
increased by 2500% which is just mind boggling, right? It’s like 25-fold increase in insulin sensitivity
and you know, all you had to do was basically minimize your fat intake and start eating
more fruits and vegetables. Jessica: Yep. Exactly. Cyrus: Great. So what happened to your A1C value? Jessica: My A1C at the very beginning was
probably the worst it’s ever been. Uh, I was close to
an 8. And now I’m at a 6. Cyrus: And what happened to your bodyweight
as well? Jessica: I lost quite a bit of weight without
really trying. It’s just come off. I’ve lost about 15
pounds. Cyrus: And how about your energy levels? How have those changed over time, if at all? Jessica: They’re through the roof. I just feel like a completely different person,
honestly. I feel
like I have conquered my health.