Have you ever followed a healthy diet and done sufficient exercise, only to find that the stubborn weight you’re trying to lose won’t budge, or worse yet, the number on the scale increases despite your best efforts? Insulin resistance may be to blame.
Insulin is an important hormone in the body and it plays a big role in the weight loss process. It is responsible for telling the body to transfer the sugar in your blood to your cells, where it is burned as energy.
When you are insulin resistant, your body ignores this crucial message. After some time it will no longer have the ability to produce the amount of insulin required for sugar conversion, which may lead to high blood sugar. And in addition, instead of burning the sugar for energy, it is converted into fat.
What causes insulin resistance?
There are various reasons why you may be insulin resistant, from genetics to an unhealthy lifestyle.
What are some of the signs of insulin resistance?
If you are insulin resistant, you may experience some of these symptoms:
– Creeping weight gain, mostly in your mid-section
– Being thirsty or hungry all the time, even after you eat
– A craving for carbs and sugar
– Increased need to urinate
– Feeling tired all the time
– Blurry vision
– Difficulty focusing
– High blood pressure
– High cholesterol
– Fluid retention
– Greasier skin and possibly acne
In extreme cases, you may experience the development of dark patches on the skin, especially in the armpit or groin area.
Can insulin resistance be treated?
If you think you may be insulin resistant, don’t despair – there are various ways in which the problem may be treated. First and foremost, it is important to visit a doctor to get a diagnosis. The earlier you can diagnose insulin resistance, the better. If left untreated it may lead to type 2 diabetes.
Your doctor may prescribe medication, but you will also need to make healthy lifestyle changes such as exercising more often and following a healthy eating plan. This is a great time to consider the Renewal Institute Diet.
What does it entail?
This low-calorie, low GI eating plan is carefully curated by doctors and is enhanced by supplements and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) injections. Adhering to it strictly could see women lose between 5 and 6 kg a month, while men can lose between 7 and 8 kg a month.
To beat insulin resistance, you need to reduce the glucose levels in the blood. The less sugar in your bloodstream, the less sugar will be converted into storage (fat). The RID diet incorporates low to no sugar foods without skimping on the nutrition your body needs. You’ll also enjoy a range of delicious-tasting vitamin and mineral-packed shakes. Added hCG injections boost the metabolism and reduce hunger cravings.
Where to begin?
You will be given a full health assessment involving tests and measurements before embarking on the RID eating plan, to ensure you are a good candidate for the programme. This is followed by a five-day cleanse to ensure your gut is in optimal health. Thereafter you’ll start your course of hCG injections and your new eating plan. The Renewal Institute doctors will guide you every step of the way to ensure your body responds positively and that your results are maintained.
To find out whether you are insulin resistant, or how to reduce that stubborn weight, book an appointment to see one of the doctors at Body Renewal today. It’ll put you on the fast track to a sleeker-looking, healthier-feeling physique!
This post was sponsored by Body Renewal.