The latest information regarding weight loss connects the body’s fat storage rates and capacity to the levels of insulin in the bloodstream. This, in turn, is having an impact on how the experts examine diet and the way the body processes certain types of food. The information that weight loss and insulin are closely linked isn’t necessarily surprising to experts like Dr Joseph Ajaka:
“Insulin levels are very much related to fat cells and weight gain; whenever I perform liposuction on a diabetic patient, they will come back and tell me they have a reduced requirement of insulin.”
As a cosmetic surgeon, Dr Ajaka sees many patients who are struggling with the impact of weight gain, or the failure of weight loss programs.
Insulin and Weight Gain
Insulin is a hormone designed to regulate the body’s intake of glucose, or sugars. Insulin also stores fat very well. As the number one treatment for diabetes is insulin medications, weight gain often occurs during treatment for diabetes. This is because when you introduce insulin into the body, glucose is more easily absorbed into your cells. As a result of the glucose being stored in your cells, the glucose levels in your blood drop. For those suffering from diabetes that is good news. If your cells receive more glucose, or energy, than they need, your body stores this excess as fat. New research also indicates that the more insulin you introduce into your body, the more glucose your body stores. This decreases the amount of energy running around your body’s systems, actually causing feelings of hunger as your body sends out the biological signals for more fuel.
Over time, your body may build up a resistance to insulin, something that certain dietary habits can make worse. Your body’s response is then to crave more insulin-high foods, in order to derive more energy from the carbohydrates your body is having trouble processing. The more fat-storing insulin hormone running around in your body, the harder it becomes to burn fat cells.
Weight gain as a result of insulin resistance has some specific indicators; difficulty losing weight is one. Any weight gain noticeably concentrated around the belly or abdomen is another. Extreme fatigue or tiredness, bloating, and sugar cravings are the other signs of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is also a precursor to the development of Type 2 diabetes.
Foods to Avoid
If you are trying to lose weight and you suspect insulin may have something to do with how difficult it is to shift those stubborn kilos, there are things you can do. Avoid highly processed carbohydrates, and while many know to steer clear of cakes and chips, keeping your body’s insulin levels under control also means reducing your intake of white rice, white bread, refined sugar, and even fruit juice.
With a specialised diet and exercise regimen, insulin resistance can be managed, and Type 2 diabetes staved off. It is very important however, to manage your weight as well as your diet and general fitness levels.
Do you know anyone with insulin resistance?