The Root Cause – My Insulin Resistance
One of my greatest fears is that I will regain the weight that I have lost and more. It happened before to me. I had lost weight in the early 80’s and had gotten down to a size 4 from a size 16. And then, over time, my weight increased…dramatically. I talk about this in my blog post Getting to My Goal Weight – Twice! Well I finally graphed ALL my weights over time and the result is this graph…and it terrifies me. Most of my weight loss happened between 2013 and 2014 when I discovered that I was sensitive to grains and sugar.
I learned so much during that time period about the effect on grains and sugar and how it relates to my Insulin Resistance. I actually learned about and came to understand that I do have Insulin Resistance. Looking back I can see that I was in denial about that. Actually, it all seemed too complicated and I never really took the time to learn. I just took it for granted that because I didn’t have Diabetes that everything was good! How wrong I was! Because I have ALWAYS BEEN Insulin Resistant…and Insulin Resistance leads to Obesity. What?! I had always thought that because I was overweight I wasn’t exercising enough or was eating too much food! Well it turns out that I was trying to solve my weight loss by focusing on the wrong issues. I needed to correct the cause and not the symptoms. And the cause of my weight gain was my Insulin Resistance. Adding to that my thyroid issues and it is no wonder that I gained so much weight!
So, getting back to the graph you can see exactly when I went grain-free and sugar-free. The few times I lost weight before were my attempts at Weight Watchers…which didn’t work out so well for me. And you can also see that over the past year my weight-loss has slowed down…a lot! My fear? That my body is trying to adjust back to a higher weight or set-point. Well, as has been typical on this journey of mine I have learned that I am even more Insulin Resistant than what I thought. I have needed to decrease my carbs even more…to less than 25 grams a day. And this is actually working because the scale is finally moving down again!
In future posts I’ll be sharing with you my some of the things that I am learning. Be sure to visit my Facebook Page and to Follow this Blog. My readers say that my story inspires them but in reality they inspire me! Until next time…