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If You Can't Lose Weight No Matter What You Try, You May be Insulin Resistant
Many have tried every diet, every exercise and still have no idea why they cannot lose weight. Many of these people do not realize that they are insulin resistant and if they learned a new, easy way to eat so that the body can best use the nutrients ingested, then they would finally be able to reach their weightloss 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.
What is Insulin Resistance?
To know whether you are insulin resistant, we need to first understand what it means to be insulin resistant and possibly pre-diabetic. These are different things.
To understand the difference we first must understand that insulin is made from the pancreas and actually 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.
To compensate, the pancreas then will produce more insulin. Pre-diabetes is actually where the level of sugar in the body is higher than normal, 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.
Through 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
It is believed that 75 percent of those who are overweight are considered insulin resistant. It is estimated that about 30 million people in the United States are insulin resistant, Insulin resistance can last for ten to twelve years before developing Type II Diabetes.
To know if you are insulin resistant it is good to know the symptoms, 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. The more that you have, the more likely you are. This list is not as comprehensive and much more simplified than the quiz you will find in the book.
- overweight with inability to lose despite exercise and diet
- feeling jittery
- polycystic ovarian syndrome
- high blood pressure
- craving sugar and carbohydrates
- apple shaped obesity
- hirsutism (unwanted hair)
- skin tag
- the need to eat often or 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
In order to understand why insulin resistance would lead to being overweight or even obesity, it is important 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 levels, which will also affect how your fat is stored.
Our main source of energy is found through carbohydrates, including starches, sugars, fruits, etc. These carbohydrates are broken down into sugar. Ideally, it will be broken down to glucose, since that is the simplest sugar and the only one that can be used as energy. What often happens in an insulin resistant person is their body will actually overreact when they eat carbohydrates by producing an unnecessary level of insulin, which in turn causes fat to be stored unnecessarily.
What this means for weight gain is, when your insulin levels are high, you are storing more fat. This book will help you learn how to lower your insulin levels so that you can avoid the unwanted pounds. One would think that with all this insulin, the energy level would be better, In reality, insulin resistance is more apt to cause glucose to be stored as fat instead of as energy.
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 it is important that you pair a protein with whatever you eat. If you are going to eat toast, put sugar-free peanut butter on it, or 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, like you do with the Atkins or other diets. You also won't have to make out charts and lists. You just have to understand the importance of different types of food. Good luck, and I hope you find success losing weight. For those who don't need to lose weight, you will realize you have more energy by following the guidelines set forth in the book, in just a short time!
- Hart, Cheryle R, Mary Kay Grossman. The Insulin-Resistance Diet; Lincolnwood, IL: Contemporary Books, c2001.
© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz