Is this a reason why the weight just won't budge? – Australian Nutrition Centre

Is this a reason why the weight just won't budge?

If you are finding your body isn’t quite responding to your diet and exercise efforts, this could be your WHY.

Hey everyone. James here. Now let’s get straight to it.

I’m seeing an increasing number of people with signs and symptoms (including blood results) indicating INSULIN RESISTANCE

What are some of the signs and symptoms? Some or all may apply to you!

  • Weight gain around mid-section
  • Sugar and Carbohydrate cravings – even after meals
  • Increased hair growth where you don’t want it, and hair loss where you don’t want it
  • Feeling like you always need to eat for energy
  • Fatigue after meals
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Acne or poor wound healing
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Even small amounts of carbohydrates can lead to disproportionate weight gain
  • Hormone imbalance such as PCOS

 Insulin resistance can be diagnosed with a combination of symptoms and blood tests.

Simple tests such as ‘Fasting Insulin’ or the yucky ‘Oral Glucose Tolerance Test’ (you know the one pregnant ladies do, drink the gross sugary drink and sit there for a couple of hours) are great ways to assess.

 Factors which can predispose you to insulin resistance include

  • Family history of type 2 diabetes
  • High stress and poor sleep
  • Deficiencies such as Zinc, Vitamin D and Magnesium
  • Weak thyroid
  • Excess body fat (ironic I know) and excess sugar/carbohydrate consumption
  • Dodgy digestive system and generalised body inflammation

 So what’s going on with Insulin Resistance?

 Insulin is a storage hormone, so the more insulin we have floating around, the more likely we are to ‘store’. The body gets sick of seeing this insulin all the time, so it becomes RESISTANT. So becoming SENSITIVE (opposite to resistant) to insulin is the key to treatment. The more carbohydrates and the more often we eat, the more insulin we produce and the more resistant we become.

 So to become more SENSITIVE we recommend things like intermittent fasting (less insulin less often). We also recommend a low sugar/carbohydrate diet. Again, the less sugars and carbs, the less insulin and as you know, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

 FYI – If you’ve been hearing about the ‘weightloss injection’ Ozempic, it works by modifying the actions of insulin.

For those who need that extra kickstart there are natural things that have great evidence and actually work.

BERBERINE – Berberine is a herb which helps make us MORE sensitive to insulin by making modifications to the gut. It also helps kick sugar and carb cravings too. Interestingly berberine has shown similar results to the diabetes drug Metformin in clinical trials which is pretty cool. This stuff works and relatively side-effect free. Most commonly people experience a little bit of stomach upset when first starting but this subsides.

INOSITOL – We love this stuff too. It’s a relatively flavourless powder that you can mix in anything, This also does a great job at promoting Insulin Sensitivity and we have countless examples of how it has helped people finally budge the belly fat. I remember a lady coming back after a week telling us ‘I don’t want chocolate anymore – WTF’.

Yes you can combine the two if you are really serious about kicking this things butt!

Now obviously insulin resistance is and can be much more complicated than what I have explained, but I want people to know that there is something they can do about it, but recognising makes it so much easier. As I always say ‘if you know the rules to the game, it’s much easier to play’.

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