Hearing Dr. Fox talk, on the 2012 Low Carb Cruise, was just like a slap in the face, but I needed it. Frustration with my own “Stubborn Fat” was gone – healing and optimal health were my new focal point. I had feelings of relief for following a low carb diet during my pregnancy, because it’s likely I would otherwise have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
For me it was the hormones in pregnancy that triggered a need to eat, but for you it may be something else. Whether you are male or female, pregnant or not, if you have any of these symptoms, be your own super sleuth and support your health.
General Signs and Symptoms of Insulin Resistance
- Over 40
- Asian, Native, African-Americans and Latinos
- Weight gain, especially stubborn fat around your belly
- High triglycerides
- High blood sugar
- High blood pressure
- Low HDL
- High levels of cytokines
- Acanthosis nigricans (a skin disorder characterized by darker, thick, velvety patches in folds/creases of the skin, back of the neck, knuckles)
- Skin tags
- Fatty liver or high liver enzymes
- Fatigue or bloating especially after eating a meal with carbs
- Brain fog or the inability to focus
- BMI greater than 25
- Waist measurements for men 35″ and women 40″
- Increased hunger
- History of gestational diabetes
- Reproductive issues (infertility, irregular menstruation and ovulation)
- Increase in height (now why couldn’t this have been one of my symptoms? ) and coarsening of facial features
Looking for the signs and symptoms of insulin resistance is not the ONLY take home message here – there is a bigger issue. A major problem lies in the attitude and standards of practice for health care professionals. How many others are not as fortunate as myself? How many of you do not feel right, or have less than perfect blood work?
It is devastating to think about not being healthy, but it is worse to NOT know, because you do not have the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that will turn the tide and get you better.
My shout out to the world
Just because you are not diagnosed with diabetes, or any medical condition, does not mean you are healthy. Any abnormality in any organ or hormone function, changes in lifestyle or eating habits, abnormal blood work or tests, headache, stomach ache, skin rash or any symptom that is not “normal”, is reason to stop and focus on yourself. Identify what is ailing you and fix it!
Excessive weight gain, pregnant or not, is an important tell-tale sign and is the result of overeating, or a malfunction of a body system, even if you are not overeating. Changing the mix, such as:
- replacing carbs for fat without calorie focus
- counting calories and carbs
- increasing strength training
- adding in slightly more low glycemic carbs and avoiding higher glycemic carbs
- adding intermittent fasting
- doing whatever works for your personal situation
The above will help you get to your weight goals and make you feel better. Following a pre-determined plan that worked for someone else, or what an “expert” has determined without any personal input, is a plan that very likely will not work for you.
Weight gain is not just cosmetic, it is a tell-tale sign that something is not working right.
Take some time, which costs nothing, to get to know yourself and your body. The key to long-term weight loss and health is to feed yourself what your body needs. Carbohydrates are not essential to the body, but they have a place, in small amounts, in your nutrition plan. Sit down and make eating an enjoyable, non-stressful experience. Eat your favorite real and “clean” foods, and take control over your life. You will succeed.
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