Some of us know that we eat too much, or need to get to the gym more to lose weight, but then there are those of us who know that our weight does not necessarily correspond to the diet and exercise choices we make.
For some reason, even though we consume a calorie and carb controlled diet and exercise more than many people we know, we still can never seem to budge those kilos.
Whenever I see a client who comes to an appointment after battling weight issues for many years, and find that they are carrying 20-30 extra kilos, immediately I wonder if their insulin levels may be out of whack. Insulin is the hormone that controls both glucose and fat metabolism in the body, and high levels over time can make weight loss very difficult.
Here are some of the tell-tale signs insulin resistance may be at the root of your weight issues and what you can do to identify and take control of it.
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1. You are carrying an extra 20-30kg even though you honestly eat well and exercise.
It is easy to eat a bit extra and gain five or 10kg, but it is much harder to eat your way to 20-30kg of extra weight when you are eating relatively well and exercising regularly.
For this reason, if you know your lifestyle habits do not explain you weight and you find it impossible to lose weight even on a 1200-1400 calorie reduced-carb meal plan, it may be worth a trip to your GP to organise a Glucose Tolerance Test.
2. You are very tired and craving sugars.
Extreme fatigue and cravings are commonly experienced by those who have glucose and insulin regulation issues, as the cells are not getting their glucose supplies to fuel the muscles and the brain as efficiently as they should be.
3. You have a family history of Type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes.
If you had GDM in pregnancy you are at high risk of developing Type 2 within 10 years of having your baby. As such, chances are your insulin could be a little out of whack, which was then exacerbated when you got pregnant. Family history of glucose dysregulation is one of the greatest signs you could be at high risk of developing insulin resistance. (Post continues after gallery.)