Insulin Resistance and Weight Loss
I can’t tell you how many people have written in asking how to lose weight, and what diet to go on. They tell me they are constantly dieting and exercising but nothing seems to change. Well as I always have said we are all different and what works for one person may not work for another. Now I have said that, and I’ll stick with it, I may have to eat my words. Here is why I’m now saying that.
The other day I was walking by the television and I heard and saw an ad that was telling people how a new weight loss formula has been found and it has helped thousands to lose weight. I had to stop and listen. What they related in the ad was that the reason people are gaining weight in America, is because their bodies have become insulin resistance. This ad went on to say with the right diet, exercise, and supplements to help combat insulin resistance, people will be able to lose weight quickly and efficiently. Hmmm, interesting. I researched more about insulin resistance and weight loss. What do you know, the information that I read all related to me that it’s true? I’m not sure why I never heard or pursued this one? Okay I looked up all the supplements you could possibly take to reduce insulin resistance.
The next step which may have been backward was to look up to see what insulin resistance really is. Insulin resistance is a condition that causes a person’s body tissues to have a lowered level of response to insulin. Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas that helps to regulate the level of sugar in the body. Insulin is what is given to diabetic patients when their sugar levels are too high. Our bodies need insulin to digest carbs. If we eat too many carbs like breads, pasta, rice, etc. our stomach will turn most of those carbs into sugar. If our bodies don’t burn them up physically, your body will produce a lot of insulin to help clear our all that sugar. Once the sugar clears out, you fell hungry again, and the cycle begins again. All the sugar in our system turns to fat, and it piles up on top of our stomach muscles, causing our bellies to grow and stick out. This is supposed to be the worst fat, and is a predictor of serious health concerns.
Okay with that said, I starting asking around. A body builder I know told me never ever eat carbs unless you’re going to something physical like working out, or doing some type labor. I’ll assume this is why marathon runners eat a lot of pasta before a race. With that said Alan a friend of mine with a bloated stomach related he went completely low carb, and only eats carbs just before a workout and right after. Alan further related that he lost 9 pounds in one week, just by doing the low carb, except just before and after a workout. Alan told me that his belly started to go down right away. Wow will this really work for everyone?
I started his low carb diet again, and eating only when I work physically. Now I have a physical job, so I do eat carbs an hour before work, and zero carbs after work. My carbs are gluten free pasta and veggies. On the weekends I only eat some gluten free pasta and quinoa, prior to my workout and nothing after that. My muscle became harder and more defined and my workouts seemed easier. I didn’t have a bloated stomach, so I can’t give any information if that works for bloating. I do like the new found energy and some weight loss with this way of eating.
I mentioned before I stopped low carb because my job was too physically demanding. I now have a better handle on the right carbs, and when to eat them. I’m a little more defined than I was because of this new diet program, and it worked right away. I do take all the insulin resistance supplements I found out about. I listed them below.
Only you and of course your doctor can decide if an insulin resistance diet is good for you. It sure would be nice to see all those bloated guts go down, just by following this type of diet. I know when I was on a low carb diet, I had a hard time at work because I was not eating correctly. Once some carbs were added I felt much better. Like most people I may have been ingesting too much of the wrong type of carbohydrate to keep up with the physical demands of my job. Let us know if you start this diet and what it does for you.
Supplements that may help with insulin resistance.
Here is a book by Dr. Mark Hyman which probably will supply you with even more good information