I have been gaining weight this whole year and couldn't figure out why. My diet is clean Im working out 5 sometimes 6 days a week with weight training and boxing. All of a sudden my body just seemed to shut down and instead of losing weight I started gaining weight. So through many tweaks of the diet and many changes of my workout routine and many frustrated days my trainer suggested that there may be something wrong and to go to the doctor to get checked out.
Last week I went to the doctor and he told me that I have Insulin Resistance something that I never heard of. So I looked at him and said what is Insulin Resistance and as he explained it to me everything started to fall into place as to why I was gaining weight. Obesity runs in my family and so does diabetes and from what I understand (im still learning) Im pre-diabetic. So he has suggested that I see a dietician and that she will be putting me on an all protein and no carb diet. The doctor told me this was not going to be easy thing to do he said he wants to shock my body into burning fat again. He also said that if I had not continued in my workouts and my diet I could have gained even more weight. I am so glad I did not quit and that God has blessed me with a trainer who is always there to encourge and help me get to my goal weight. This is definately going to be a challenge but I know I can do this because this is about my health, and my life I dont want to become like my family members who were obese and did nothing about it and died of diabetes. I am ready to do whatever I have to, to start seeing a weight loss again. Here is what I have found out so far about Insulin Resistance:
Insulin is a hormone produced by special cells (called beta cells) in the pancreas.
When the blood glucose level goes up Blood sugar (glucose) rises; The pancreas detects the rise;
The pancreas pumps out insulin into the blood;
Insulin helps the uptake of glucose into muscles and other cells; This causes the blood glucose level to fall to its normal set point; and The pancreas detects the fall and switches off insulin production. When the blood glucose level goes down Blood sugar (glucose) drops; The pancreas detects the drop in blood sugar; The pancreas switches on the output of glucagon into the blood; Glucagon signals the liver to break down glycogen into glucose; The liver releases glucose into the bloodstream; Blood glucose goes up to its normal set point; and
The pancreas detects the rise in blood sugar and switches off glucagon release.
Of special concern to women is how insulin resistance disrupts fat metabolism. When the cells won’t absorb the extra glucose, the liver has to convert it into fat. Fat cells are loaded with glucose receptors, so this is a vicious cycle. Ironically, while the insulin-resistant woman is gaining weight, her cells are actually “starved” for glucose, so she feels exhausted and tends to eat carbohydrate-heavy foods in search of energy.
These extra fat cells are also little estrogen factories. So weight gain contributes to the estrogen dominance that causes so many symptoms during the early stages of perimenopause.
Symptoms relating to syndrome X usually predate the onset of menopause, but most women do not complain of them until then. A woman’s health can deteriorate rapidly during menopause with the decrease of estrogen levels in the body. And digestive issues that were once merely a hassle become an affliction when the body’s natural defenses against inflammation (estrogen being one) are depleted. In addition, women approaching menopause are particularly prone to becoming insulin resistant due to metabolic changes related to fluctuations in adrenal and thyroid secretions. In fact, the decrease of certain hormones, like estradiol, may trigger a resistance to insulin in patients who never experienced it before. Certain blood pressure medications can mask symptoms without treating the problem. Frequently, women unwittingly make their symptoms worse by fighting weight gain with low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets.
If a patient is already insulin resistant, your meal plan should consist of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. Each meal should have no more than 15 grams of carbohydrates in the form of vegetables and fruits (and prohibiting “white” food altogether, such as bread, pasta, and sugar) and some lean protein. Each snack should contain only 7 grams of similar carbohydrates.
Healthy fats, or those rich in essential fatty acids (EFA’s), are also important in an insulin-resistance diet. EFA’s can be found in avocados, cold-water fish like salmon and tuna, flax seed, and eggs and can also be taken in supplement form.
This may sound crazy but I am so relieved I found out what my problem is because I was trying so hard not to stress over my weight gain because gaining my weight back absolutely terrifies me. My thoughts were ok here we go MY WORST NIGHTMARE IS COMING TRUE IM GOING TO GAIN ALL THE WEIGHT I HAVE LOST!! I STARTED FREAKING OUT!!! When I got a hold of myself I said there is no reason to fear God did not give me a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind. He has been with me from the beginning and if it were not for the Lord I would have never started losing the weight to begin with. He will never let me fail as long as I continue to draw myself close to him. He reminded me that I will always have the VICTORY no matter what is going on in my life, no matter how bad things get because I am his child and he loves me. My faith in the Lord and in his word is always there for me to draw on to give me peace and comfort when the storms of life try to consume me.
God is so good because if this didnt happen to me I never would have known I was headed for diabetes and now that I know I can start doing something about it. His love is always around us watching over us and taking care of us what an awesome God he is. I am a fighter and with the Lords strength I will fight through this I will not be defeated.
This year was suppose to be my year to get under 200lbs the closest I got was 218 I am now 232lbs. Yes I was discouraged, yes I was disappointed and yes I even got a little depressed about it. But I couldn’t help thinking to myself you know I may not of hit my goal of getting under 200lbs this year but I’m not 400lbs either. I have come so far and there is no quit in me I will fight till I get to my goal weight I don’t care how long it will take me I know with the Lord by my side helping me through every storm I am already VICTORIOUS!!! So Insulin Resistance you have no place in my body I am a child of God and I command you to leave in Jesus name. A set back I think not I’m Gods child and I will never quit.