The problem with a spare tyre is that too much of one can make shifting the excess body fat a tad difficult. If you have tried diets and not been able to reduce your weight, you may have the beginnings of a condition called insulin resistance. This is where glucose cannot make it into your cells despite ample insulin being produced by your body. During digestion carbohydrate foods are broken down to glucose. Insulin is needed to transport that glucose into the cells for energy production.
Insulin resistance may occur when body fat levels are too high and exercise is too low. It is basically a malfunctioning of the insulin receptor sites in the cells. To compensate, your body produces more insulin to try to move the glucose into the cells so they can produce the energy for your activities, but this compounds the problem. The circulating glucose is then converted into fat in the liver and stored sometimes in the liver and often around your middle.
If you have this problem, you will most likely feel constantly tired, crave carbohydrate foods (like bread, pasta, sugary foods, biscuits and so forth), feel hungry even though you have eaten, and your spare tyre may be difficult to shift or it may keep expanding. Left uncorrected, insulin resistance can develop into Type II diabetes which is a serious disease. Many people don't realise they have either condition which is a problem because diabetes left untreated can result in serious complications.
If a patient presents with this picture and their CHA test results show a high risk I recommend: they have a blood test to check their risk factor; start a reduced carbohydrate food plan; and, take some specific nutrients which help prevent insulin resistance. Taking some of the carbohydrates out of the picture and having a better balance of nutrients has the marvellous ability to turn insulin resistance around.
The result? Greater energy, a steadily shrinking spare tyre, reduced carbohydrate cravings and a fabulous sense of well being.
If you have a spare tyre, don’t delay seeking my help. After all, it is all about you!