I started to read the Intensive Dietary Management site, because I was impressed by a few of Dr Jason Fung's posts. He's a bit myopic, though, when it comes to the very edges of what he chooses to view -- he doesn't perceive well what's in the corner of his eye, metaphically-speaking.
Though restricting "bad" carbohydrates has got to be the number-one strategy when you're treating diabetics, he has some funny ideas about the low-carb world. And like some other individuals who are "interested" in nutrition, he points out that although the "Atkins diet" is very effective at first, it eventually fails; what he does NOT point out is that it does work as long as you actually follow it. At the end of that year-or-five, if an "Atkins dieter" is no longer adhering to Atkins principles AS ACTUALLY DESCRIBED BY ATKINS, they're no longer ... "Atkins dieters."
There are a lot of people out there on a roll-your-own kind of low-carb regimen who may THINK or SAY they're on Atkins, but are not even close. I might even propose that what was written in "A New Atkins For a New You" isn't really ATKINS, although he may have evolved that way in time....
Fung even thinks that Atkins Nutritionals failed because people were leaving the program: I can only speak for myself here but NO -- I stopped buying their damned soy-laden, gluten-loading, industrial-seed-oil-filled junk frankenfoods because they're filled with ... soy, gluten, bad fats and fake nutrients. I doubt if i'm the only one.
There's also an awful lot of hand-wringing over the insulinotropic nature of [gasp] ANIMAL PROTEIN! It doesn't raise blood glucose, but that isn't important to him -- only hyperinsulinemia is important, and meat and dairy RAISE INSULIN! ...Of course he only waves LEAN meat in front of us, and seems to be puzzled that high-fat dairy isn't a problem....
Forest. Trees. Low-carb doesn't necessarily = high-protein. Percent of diet means NOTHING without total-gram context. There are other important hormones besides insulin. Need I, a mere amateur, go on?
What would happen if dietary protein did NOT provoke insulin secretion? Yeah -- amino acids ain't gettin' into cells for all their important chores, like repair and maintenance of tissues. Forget THAT little fact, Jase?
He pointed out the particular talent that whey has, for provoking insulin. He should probably be reading Calories Proper, and learn that morning insulin-sensitivity in MUSCLES can cause very good things to happen in building lean mass, if people consume a low-carb whey-based shake for breakfast.
Doubtless, his work with severely insulin-resistant, hyperinsulinemic people has caused him to regard this crucial hormone as something rather sinister. It's definitely something to keep an eye on, but most of us can afford to be a little more charitable. To me, insulin is a little like a police force: a real nuisance if you're doing something you shouldn't, but potentially life-saving