04 Mar Insulin Resistance: Is Insulin Standing Between You and Weight Loss?
We have all heard it before: if you expect to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more. Counting calories and eating low-fat foods are said to be the key to enjoying a successful weight loss journey. Yet, many people who try to follow these dietary restrictions find them to be tiresome, time-consuming – and even worse yet – ineffective.
The reality is that it is the type of food that you eat that makes all of the difference when it comes to weight loss. Low-fat foods are often described as the miracle cure for losing weight, but the reality is that low-fat foods are often made low in fat through the addition of sugar.
Foods that are high in sugar are high on what is known as the glycemic index. The sugars in these foods are broken down into glucose, which then travels throughout your body and gets into all of its cells. This glucose, which is traveling through your bloodstream, then triggers a release of insulin from your pancreas. While insulin is necessary to help your cells convert the glucose into energy, too much insulin ultimately causes your muscle, fat and liver cells to become insulin resistant. This means they stop responding to the insulin and your pancreases produces even more.
If your body has become insulin resistant, you will need to avoid foods that produce too much insulin. At Prolean Wellness in Scottsdale, Arizona, we will run the necessary tests to see if this is the right weight loss strategy for you!