Insulin resistance can make it hard for you to lose weight. Learning about this disorder can help you to learn techniques for burning the fat you've got stored away and also help you prevent weight gain in the future.
As you probably already know, Insulin resistance is when your body does not process blood sugars correctly.
Here's how it works: You eat food. Food is converted into glucose. Your pancreas secretes insulin so that your glucose can be converted to energy and used by the cells.
The cells produce insulin receptors that let the glucose into the cell. If you have too much insulin in your bloodstream, the cells produce less insulin receptors which means a lot of the glucose fails to get moved into your cells.
What is insulin resistance?
Excess glucose in your bloodstream causes your pancreas to incease production of insulin which still can't be picked up by the cells because there aren't enough insulin receptors to do the job. The cycle continues until the glucose eventually gets stored as fat to be used by your body later for energy.
The glucose is stored in your cells until it's needed by your body. Your body uses the calories you�re taking in for energy and never really goes into the stored fat unless absolutely necessary, usually when you are taking in less calories than you are using. And that�s why people who have this problem are overweight. A good
diet and exercise plan
will help access that stored fat and also prevent too much insulin from being in your bloodstream.
If the pancreas overproduces insulin, it will eventually break down and be unable to produce insulin. That's when you develop Diabetes and other health problems can result.
high ratio of bad (HDL)cholesterol to good (LDL)
high blood pressure
central obesity (fat stored in the abdomen)
high triglyceride levels
A lab test will help your doctor diagnose the problem.
How to reverse it
There are several things you can do to reverse insulin resistance. First, begin
eating a healthy, balanced diet.
This includes the right ratio of protein fats and carbohydrates.
Many people think insulin resistance only happens if you eat too much sugar. Well, it can also happen if you eat the wrong kinds of fat or too much fat. When you eat fats, insulin is also released to either use or store those fats. When it�s stored, you have fat (or trigycerides), which can result in heart disease.
The doctors who wrote the book "Protein Power LifePlan" say that sometimes
certain supplements can help manage the problem
They recommend the following: