Monday, March 14, 2016

Let's Talk about Insulin Resistance and Weight Loss




For the past 6 months or more I've been actively trying to lose weight. That lazy 10kg I've been carrying for the past... oh, lets say 5 years has GOT to go - it's been long enough.

As a result of my new found motivation I have made positive changes to my diet and see a personal trainer 3 times a week. Most of the time I feel great but despite my best efforts, I have not lost a single kilo. Humph. Disappointing but not totally heartbreaking. I am vain, I won't lie. I'd like to look like a supermodel but I seldom feel genuinely bad about myself because of my physical appearance. And on the rare occasion that I do, it's fleeting at best.

Life is full and fabulous. I've grown humans inside my round belly and I'm not about to hate on myself about being, lets say, chubby.

But most recently, I have been experiencing fairly dramatic hair loss (!!!) which lead me to consult my doctor to discuss. Upon hearing my range of symptoms he suggested we do a comprehensive check up including blood tests and ultrasounds (of the invasive variety).

Everything (at this stage) has turned up AOK expect for the insulin. It would appear that I'm insulin resistant which is why I haven't been able to shift the weight. Frighteningly, this is a pre diabetic state and not one I'm comfortable with remaining in. So while I don't feel miserable at my current size, my poor health has determined that weight loss is vital.

As of today I'm on a crazy crash diet (this 800 cals a day). I figure something radical is in order.

This is where you come in. Are you insulin resistant? It's surprisingly common, huh! Have you managed to REVERSE your insulin resistance? I'm hoping that with significant weight loss, continued exercise and hopefully NO medication, it will be possible for me too.


Talk to me.

What's up?




A previous post discussing my thoughts on dress size right here!







22 comments:

  1. Oh babes.
    Insulin resistance is related to poly cystic ovarian syndrome did they check you for that?
    You can take a good chromium supplement to help. My dad is a type 1 diabetic so have grown up with this lifestyle.
    Holla of you want some more info xx

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    1. Yes, they checked me for POC and couldn't find anything of note. I need to get onto the supplements though - It's on my list for this week!

      Been thinking of you, honey bunny. Happy to see you're on the up'n'up xx

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  2. Oh babes.
    Insulin resistance is related to poly cystic ovarian syndrome did they check you for that?
    You can take a good chromium supplement to help. My dad is a type 1 diabetic so have grown up with this lifestyle.
    Holla of you want some more info xx

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  5. I hear everything you are saying! Im also insulin resistant and have weight that I need to loose. However found similar results with exercise and diet change - very little shifted. I did however feel the general health benefits of the change. I have been diagnosed with PCOS - although only present with some of the symptoms. Generally metformin is prescribed - it does work. However who really wants to be on medication daily for what could be an unseeable future?! Ive recently found some great information through a podcast - australian guys called ATP science. They talk about about hormone imbalance with insulin resistance and explain where weight sits on you and how that can explain some other symptoms that are often not looked at by the doctor. They do also push their own natural supplements. However that aside - the science understanding is really interesting. Check this one out - maybe speak to your doctor if you may find out more why your body is insulin resistant. http://atpscience.com/episode-11-insulin-resistance-pcos/

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  6. Your hair loss dilemma sounds familiar to me. I was experiencing bad hair loss and a blood test found that my ferritin levels were extremely low (mine were 20 when they should be about 70 for normal growth). This was related to low calorie dieting for two years prior (starvation basically). I started eating red meat a few times a week, taking a hair/nail supplement and B vitamins and it came back in really well. Perhaps your doc has overlooked this, or perhaps your levels are too low for you? Might be good to ask.
    Re weight loss - don't forget that 1 kg of muscle takes up less room than 1 kg of fat. Your scales may not have changed but that doesn't mean your body hasn't. I've heard that low carb high fat is good for reversing insulin resistance, as is quitting sugar, but it takes time for your body to change fuel systems - be patient!

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    1. Yes, my shape has changed for sure and my clothes do fir much more easily- but I'm still thick around the middle which is different for me (usually it's a big bottom that's the issue!!)

      xxx

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  7. You might want to check your vitamin D levels. I read that supplementing vitamin D3 can help with insulin resistance. Take care. :)

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  8. Oh Emily! You are telling my story. My experience over the last two and a half years is so similar. I have had a happy end to my story, along with an enormous education around not only IR, but hormonal imbalance and adrenal fatigue. It's not just what you put in your mouth, but what kind of exercise you are doing and what is going on with your hormones (i.e. do you have PCO or PSOS?). You can be the perfect walking storm and not know! I saw an amazing integrative GP who educated me and sorted me out. Please let me know if you would like me to privately email through her details. She is Sydney based. Good Luck!- Nellie

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    1. YES PLEASE!! I'd love the details... if you have time, I'd love it if you could shoot me an email. It's ebeetleshack@gmail.com

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    2. Any chance you might share her details with me too? Been asking around for a good gp for the last 18 months. If it's ok my address is angela.mb.thompson@gmail.com.
      Thanks in advance!

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  9. After reading the past blog on this issue you linked to,it appears Jacqueline Spiritos was right. We should not take good health advise as being derogatory about our appearance. Diabetes is far too big a problem in our society.

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    1. I'm not weighing into that discussion again!

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  10. Aw I hear you... Recently diagnosed with Insulin resistance on top of Hashimoto's hypothyroid :(
    What I find to work for me best is a low carb diet and supplements. See some information here: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/02/australian-researchers-develop-low-carb-high-protein-and-fat-diet-that-fights-diabetes/
    However I do recommend to go and see someone - an open minded GP, herbalist etc. to set a plan that suits you. I'm seeing one in Sydney for the last 18 months and she really helped me.
    Wishing you the best!

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    1. That is great advice! I'm working on finding a naturopath at the moment. So glad you found something that has worked for you!

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  11. I was just looking at pics of you and thinking how gorgeous you were. Hope you get this sorted for your health; have no doubt you will!

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  12. Hi,
    My husband is an Exercise Physiologist on the Coast and has been published in a medical journals on diabetes and exercise, and I know he gets a lot of referrals from GPs for patients in a similar situation. His website is www.glennphipps.com, and his email is glenn@movementlab.com.au - I'm sure he can help you out! :)

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  13. I have PCOS and have been tested many times for Insulin Resistance and so far haven't had a positive result...but I do admit that I am waiting for it as I have gestational diabetes and my brother has Type 1 Diabetes.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em