Thursday, August 04, 2011
I don't pay attention to diets, and never have. But the other day, I read an article on the origins of the Dukan Diet and how popular Dr. Dukan's book has been since its 2000 publication date.
Well, as I read the details, I could see what was being described is exactly what I've called my "forever plateau" and I feel this info pertains to me and will be helpful.
In a nutshell, the metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance syndrome) goes like this (from First for Women magazine):
"We eat a meal, which releases glucose into the bloodstream. In response, the pancreas produces insulin, which tells receptors on cells to allow glucose to enter. Once in the cells, glucose is burned for energy. All too often, though, this process runs amok. Years of high-carb eating can result in the cellular glucose receptors becoming deaf to insulin's orders to open up. That causes glucose to build up in the bloodstream, where it can end up damaging blood vessels and the organs they supply."
Now, here's the paragraph that really hit home for me:
"To sidestep this damage, the pancreas secretes more and more insulin in an attempt to get cells to open their doors. If cells don't respond, the insulin that's now flooding the body shuttles the lingering glucose into body fat to be stored. And once the body enters this fat-storage state, it essentially gets stuck, points out Dr. Ken Fujioka, director of nutrition and metabolic research at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. He says, "When you're in this mode, you're shoving fat into cells and it's really hard to go the other way - to burn fat and lose weight."
Okay, being the former carb and sugar queen of the universe (as far as my consumption), it is no wonder I've been on a "forever plateau." I'll continue to work on resolving this.
Wishing all a good day.