This is a topic that clogs up every comment section about weight loss, calories, tracking, IIFYM, flexible dieting, "clean" foods, calorie deficits, energy balance, insulin resistance, metabolisms, and just about anything else nutrition related. Everyone has an opinion.
Sadly, Science doesn't care much for opinions. This is a look at the current body of scientific evidence on the topic of insulin, carbohydrates and body weight.
Fitness magazines, websites and the wider media place sugar consumption as one of the primary causes of weight gain, but what does the research tell us?
At best out dated, and at worst deliberately misleading, there is plenty of misinformation within the fitness industry. To stand apart from this, many trainers and ‘internet gurus’ are now firmly in the camp of ‘evidence based’ or ‘scientifically based’ information, making their claims solely on the basis of peer-reviewed studies, RCT’s and meta-analysis, published in academic journals.
How then, even within the ‘scientific community’ are there still such polarising views when it comes to health, fitness and weight loss?