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Are your Hormones make you FAT?

You do all the right things. You eat well and exercise but the weight won’t come off and in some cases it increases. Before you give up consider this. 

Jane was a slim, active girl growing up and she remained thin throughout her 20’s and 30’s. They said she had a fast metabolism but by the time she hit her mid-40’s, things started to change.

By this age, Jane was performing the modern woman juggle; 2 children to take care of and a demanding full-time career. Despite regular trips to the gym and following a healthy, low-fat diet, the scales showed a weight gain of 20kg.

No diet or exercise program seemed to be able to help Jane lose weight. In fact, the more she exercised, the more the weight increased and she was tired, bloated and craving sugar. Jane was at her wits end.

Does this sound like you?

I could tell by looking at her she had developed insulin resistance. After completing her BioSignature I knew for sure.

Insulin resistance leads to the body storing excess insulin as body fat around the Suprailliac (hip) and the Subscapular (mid back). These sites are related to blood sugar management. High results here in comparison to those show triceps may reflect poor insulin sensitivity and carbohydrate intolerance.

Insulin resistance is a clinical condition in which insulin, the hormone secreted by the pancreas to control blood glucose levels in the body, is no longer working as efficiently as it should.

Over time, numerous factors, including a diet high in processed carbohydrates, a relatively inactive lifestyle and often genetics, affect insulin, which becomes less and less efficient at processing the glucose we consume in carbohydrate-based foods such as bread, cereals, fruit and sugars.

When insulin is not working properly, the body is forced to produce more insulin to process the same amount of glucose that we consume in food, to fuel the muscles and the brain.

The unfortunate thing when it comes to weight control is that the higher the amount of insulin you have circulating in your body, the harder it becomes to burn fat. This means that if you have insulin resistance, you can be eating an extremely healthy diet and have an exercise regimen, but still be physically unable to lose weight. In fact, as insulin is the central regulator of both glucose and fat metabolism in the body, when it is not working, the basic energy balance equation for weight loss (calories in versus calories out) simply does not hold true.

The situation Jane was facing — getting older, dealing with hormonal fluctuations and an inactive stressful job, combined with a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, were likely to result in a further 10kg-20kg weight gain over 10 to 20 years.

Worse, if left unmanaged, insulin resistance will ultimately lead to Type 2 diabetes.

The good news is that if diagnosed early, insulin resistance can not only be managed but even reversed with the right mix of diet and exercise training.

The body may show signs of insulin resistance in a number of ways. As resistance builds up over many months, if not years, these signs and symptoms can be subtle before becoming more noticeable.

Fatigue is common, as glucose is not being taken to the cells as efficiently as it should be. Sugar cravings are common, too, as insulin and glucose levels fluctuate wildly during the day.

Perhaps the most powerful sign that insulin resistance may be present is in the way fat is deposited on the body.

Insulin likes to deposit fat around the hip area, which is why women (and men) with severe insulin resistance have a large hips and the reason a waist measurement greater than 80cm for a female may be a sign that insulin resistance is present.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of insulin resistance and find that you are constantly struggling with your weight, come in and see us and get your BioSignature done. It will show you where the fat is being deposited and what hormones are contributing to the body storing fat in that location.

 


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