If You Can't Lose Weight, You May Be Insulin Resistant
Many have tried every diet, and every 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 not only reach their ideal weight but also 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, actually refers to people who produce insulin as they should, but their body does 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, which can lead to type II diabetes. If you fall under any of these, you want to consider a change in lifestyle.
In the book The Insulin Resistance Diet Book by Hart and Grossman, 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 those who are overweight 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, then 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 for eventually becoming diabetic. The more that you have, the more likely your body is resistant to insulin, and you need to make changes. This list is not as comprehensive:
- overweight with an inability to lose weight despite exercise and diet
- 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
- history of blood clots
Why it Leads to Extra Weight
To understand why insulin resistance would lead to being overweight, we need to understand the role that insulin plays 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, which will also affect how your fat is stored.
Carbohydrates like starches, sugars, and fruit are our primary source of energy. 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 unnecessary 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 for beginners, you must pair a protein with whatever you eat. 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 go to 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 a protein at every meal, preferably a healthy one.
Through this diet, you won't have to prepare yourself different food than your family, 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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Questions & Answers
Will this method work to lose weight if you are post-menopausal from a total hysterectomy?
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