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If You Can't Lose Weight, You May Be Insulin Resistant

Angela has lived with many inflammatory illnesses. Through the changes in her diet and the use of supplements, her life has turned around.


Many have tried every diet and exercise and still have no idea why they cannot lose weight. Many of these people do not realize that they are insulin resistant. If they learned a new, easy way to eat so that the body can best use the nutrients ingested, they would finally be able to reach their weight loss goals. Once the body is more efficiently digesting food, a person will reach their ideal weight and have a lot more energy and better health.

What Is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin resistance is often confused with pre-diabetes. These are different things.

The pancreas makes insulin and determines how well each cell absorbs glucose or sugar. Insulin resistance, also known as syndrome X, refers to people who produce insulin as they should, but their bodies do not know what to do with it. In turn, their cells are not absorbing as they should, nor is it utilizing it efficiently, which leads to illness and weight gain.

The pancreas then will produce more insulin to compensate for what they are not absorbing. Pre-diabetes is actually where the level of sugar in the body is higher than usual but not so high that it can be considered type II diabetes. In essence, insulin resistance can lead to pre-diabetes, leading to type II diabetes. If you fall under any of these, you want to consider a lifestyle change.

In Hart and Grossman's book The Insulin Resistance Diet Book, you can learn easy ways to change your diet while still eating the foods you love.


How to Know if You Are Insullin Reisistant

Seventy-five percent of overweight people are considered insulin resistant, and 30 million people in the United States alone. Insulin resistance can last for ten to twelve years before developing into type II diabetes.

If your body is heading towards diabetes, it is good to know the symptoms to look out for so you know if you need to be proactive in changing your diet. Here is an extensive list of possible symptoms. According to Hart and Grossman, if you have at least three of these, you are at high risk of becoming diabetic. The more you have, the more likely your body is resistant to insulin, and you need to make changes. This list is not as comprehensive:

  • acne
  • overweight with an inability to lose weight despite exercise and diet
  • hypoglycemia
  • feeling jittery
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • high blood pressure
  • craving sugar and carbohydrates
  • apple-shaped obesity
  • hirsutism (unwanted hair)
  • skin tags
  • the need to eat often or an excessive amount of food
  • gaining weight even when eating small amounts of food
  • irregular periods - skipping months
  • headaches and difficulty thinking
  • nausea that goes away when you eat
  • afternoon fatigue
  • gout
  • history of blood clots

Why it Leads to Extra Weight

To understand why insulin resistance would lead to being overweight, we need to understand insulin's role in our bodies. Insulin has three main functions: It transforms food into energy, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and helps store fat. If your insulin levels are not as they should be, it will affect your energy, affecting how your fat is stored.

Carbohydrates like starches, sugars, and fruit are our primary energy sources. These carbohydrates are broken down into sugar. Ideally, it will be broken down into glucose because it is the simplest sugar and the only sugar used as energy. What often happens in an insulin-resistant person is their body will overreact when they eat carbohydrates by producing an excessive level of insulin, which in turn causes excess fat to be stored.

In other words, when your insulin levels are high, you are storing more fat.

What Can I Do to Start Losing Weight

The book is an ideal way to learn how to shape the way you eat, but you must pair a protein with whatever you eat for beginners. If you are going to eat toast, put sugar-free peanut butter on it, eat a can of yogurt or a hard-boiled egg.
Choose your snacks more wisely. When you grab some chips for a snack, eat a stick of string cheese to go with it. If you want to be more healthy, grab an apple and smear peanut butter on it. Make sure you have protein at every meal, preferably a healthy one.

You won't have to prepare yourself different food than your family through this diet, as you do with the Atkins or other diets. You also won't have to make out charts and lists. You must understand the importance of different types of food. Good luck, and I hope you find success in losing weight. For those who don't need to lose weight, you will realize you have more energy by following the guidelines outlined in the book in just a short time! You may also find a reduction in your current chronic illnesses, as I have in my asthma.


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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

Question: Will this method work to lose weight if you are post-menopausal from a total hysterectomy?

Answer: This is just one of the many reasons you may be gaining weight. It is definitely worth looking in to. I cannot guarantee that making these changes would work post-menopausal would cause you to lose weight or not, just as I cannot guarantee one will lose weight before menopause. It will make you healthier though to make these changes.

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz


jamila sahar on November 13, 2012:

great hub ! very useful and now understand the problem i too have been having, thanks for sharing this valuable information

Pamela Dapples from Arizona. on April 14, 2011:

I found this very interesting and I will be buying that book. Thank you.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on April 01, 2011:

You should get the book, it gives you tips on managing your weigt without going hungry. Plus if you have insurance, you should get it checked by the doctor.

ChristineVianello from Philadelphia on March 28, 2011:

Hmm.....I am trying to lose some weight for my wedding and it is pretty much impossible! I wonder if I am insulin resistant?

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on December 10, 2010:

I need to become more dedicated to healthy eating. As we speak, I am thinking about the Ben and Jerry's in my freezer.

Dave Sibole from Leesburg, Oh on December 08, 2010:

Voted up and useful. Makes sense. I also have started losing weight (and I need to lose a lot) just by adding all natural supplements to my diet. I used to think about eating all the time now I rarely think about it and almost never hungry.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on December 08, 2010:

Ian Turner, I'm still learning about nutrients and what ones are good for you.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on December 08, 2010:

Bayoulady, I hope you found this useful. Did you end up getting the book?

Ian Turner from Somerset-England on December 07, 2010:

An excellent article. Complex carbs rule!

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on December 06, 2010:

Thanks for the info about how inexpensive it would be to buy this book.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on December 02, 2010:

Yeah, I have a close friend who is thin with diabetes. She was diagnosed in her twenties. That was just how her body was. I think some people are born at higher risk. Are you insulin dependent?

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on December 02, 2010:

I'm a Type 1 diabetic and find it funny that people are always amazed when I tell them I have diabetes because I don't fit the "mold" of overweight, etc. Blood sugar levels are affected by - and can affect - many bodily functions: sleep, stress, losing weight, gaining weight, fertility (yes), immunity and so much more. Interesting hub on a very important issue

cwarden from USA on November 28, 2010:

This is great! Thanks so much for all of this information, I am going to get this book. Wish you did get something for introducing me to it, I wouldn't have found it otherwise.

heart4theword from hub on November 28, 2010:

So good to know, appreciate the information you passed our way! Will look into this book:) Great Informational Hub!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on November 24, 2010:

Very interesting! Yet another fact that makes me like this diet that much more! WOW!!!

Carisa Blades from Ogden, Utah on November 23, 2010:

Angela- A lot of times insulin resistance goes hand and hand with infertility, because of the weight gain and the disruption to your hormones. A lot of women who are struggling with weight and infertility get pregnant after switching to an insulin resistance diet. :)

Ingenira on November 23, 2010:

Can't agree with you more. I have actually tried a diet program that regulate the body insulin, and it worked wonders for me, I lost 18kg from that.

Sam from Tennessee on November 23, 2010:

up and useful! I think you've hit on my problem with weight gain.

blessings and Happy Thanksgiving...

Carisa Blades from Ogden, Utah on November 22, 2010:

Great article! Being insulin resistant can definitely be frustrating.

Susan Mills from Indiana on November 22, 2010:

This is very helpful. I wish you did get money from people getting the book!!