A waist larger than 100cm for men and larger than 88cm for women is a major risk factor for insulin resistance. As your waist circumference increase, the prevalence of insulin resistance is also on the rise.
Insulin resistance develops when your body no longer reacts to normal concentrations of insulin, and your pancreas has to work harder to produce larger quantities of insulin to keep your blood sugar levels under control. Insulin resistance is the precursor of metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and type 2-diabetes.
High Insulin Levels and Weight
People with insulin resistance are usually overweight, especially around the middle. Reducing your waist circumference can help decrease or even reverse insulin resistance, and losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight can prevent type 2-diabetes.
Unfortunately, the high insulin levels associated with this condition often make weight loss more difficult. In addition to controlling your blood sugar, insulin is also a storage hormone, stocking calories in your body fat stores for later use.
Reducing Your Insulin Levels
If you are insulin resistant, the best way to lose weight is by lowering your circulating insulin levels. As long as your insulin levels are high, your body will be in fat storage mode, and it will be difficult for you to lose weight, even if you follow a very restrictive diet.
Because insulin is produced in response to eating carbohydrates, either from sugar- or starch-containing foods, restricting your carb intake can help you reduce your insulin levels and facilitate weight loss.
Low-Carb Diets and Weight Loss
Type 2 diabetics who follow a strict low-carb diet can improve their insulin sensitivity by as much as 75 percent within a matter of weeks, according to a study published in the March 2005 issue of “Annals of Internal Medicine.”
Restricting Your Carbs
If you want to lose weight and improve your insulin resistance, restricting your carbohydrates could be the solution.
To keep your carb intake low, avoid grains and starchy vegetables, such as toast, subs, burgers, mashed potatoes, french fries, spaghetti, pizzas, crackers, breakfast cereals, rice, pancakes and other baked goods.
Eliminate most fruits, milk and yogurt, as well as any food or beverages with added sugar, including candies, soft drinks and desserts.
Follow the Manna Weight Loss program in the free e-book. Follow this Healthy Low GI eating plan and control your portions to lose weight.
Take 2 Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets with each meal to ultimately control your sugar levels, curb cravings and to control appetite.
By controlling blood sugar levels, you not just control appetite and cravings, but you decrease insulin levels so that you can start losing weight.