The Secret Reason You Can't Lose Weight With PCOS
We have all heard the same thing, if you diet and exercise, the weight will just fall off.
But you have been eating clean, working your ass off at the gym, and when you step on the scale to see how your hard work is paying off you gasp in horror to see it hasn’t budged…AT ALL!
I’ve been in this exact position and let me tell you it sucks. You think ‘why should I even bother’. I’m doing everything I can and I’m not seeing any progress.
But there is an underlying issue to why you aren’t dropping those LBS. The reason you can’t lose weight is because you are insulin resistant.
What is Insulin Resistance?
Insulin resistance is when a person’s body tissues have a lowered level of response to insulin. The hormone insulin plays a major role in the body by regulating the level of glucose or sugar in the body.
If you are insulin resistant your cells cannot take in the glucose and as a result, the level of the glucose in the blood remains high.
What are the symptoms of Insulin Resistance?
You can be insulin resistant and not exhibit any noticeable signs or symptoms.
Insulin resistance can be present for years before you actually know it.
When symptoms do begin to appear, they can materalize as high blood pressure, high levels of blood sugar, extreme thirst, frequent urination, discoloration of the skin, and weight gain especially when it is carried around the abdomen.
If you are “apple-shaped” there is a very good chance that you are insulin resistant.
What causes insulin resistance?
While no one can exactly pinpoint what causes insulin resistance there are several factors that seem to contribute.
These factors include genetics, obesity, low level of physical activity, age, other diseases and disorders, and certain medications.
With PCOS it isn’t clear if insulin resistance causes PCOS or if PCOS cause insulin resistance. It is kind of like the chicken or the egg theory.
How do you manage insulin resistance?
Insulin resistance is a catch-22 in my opinion.
Weight loss usually helps with insulin resistance. I know what you are thinking…but insulin resistance makes weight loss difficult, so what I am supposed to do?
This is why it becomes hard to lose weight, but it is possible.
A modest weight loss of about 5- 7% should increase insulin sensitivity. The way to do it is with diet, exercise, and natural remedies and supplements.
Let’s start with diet. You can’t fuel the fire with empty calories and foods that are going to spike your blood sugars. Check out this article on 5 foods you must avoid if you are insulin resistant.
When making decisions about what to eat, think clean and mean. Avoid processed foods and anything with added sugars. If you can’t pronounce it, maybe you should skip it!
As for natural remedies and supplements, there are teas that you can incorporate and taking vitamin D can certainly help as well. Make sure you check out article, where I outline four different natural alternatives to taking metformin.
Yes, insulin resistance can be tricky, but it can be managed with the methods described above. Half the battle is knowing what the issue is and the other half is implementing the solutions to fix the problem!
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