My insulin resistance diet success formula
Over the years of searching for an answer to my weight problem, in particular the abdominal fat, I have done a lot of research into various methods, bought and tried a host of products and subscribed to countless sites. Since being diagnosed with insulin resistance, I have finally settled on a diet and a course that works for me. I have taken a little of this, a little of that and combined the best advice I could find. I now have a method that truly works!
The path I have followed has given me
- freedom from cravings
- 100% more energy
- the certainty that my weight loss is permanent
My success principles
- I follow the Link and Balance method of carb control
- Low carb, high protein, high fiber and a couple of supplements
- My diet includes dairy, some fruit, healthy fats (monounsaturated) and nutritionally superior carbs
- I start every day with my own version of the protein shake
- I take 2 x fish oil capsules, 3 times a day (with meals)
- I try to exercise daily, even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes
- Keep up with the veggies and salad
- Drink plenty of water
- I do not have sugar or any artificial sweetener in anything (read food labels)
As you know, my recommendation and the program I follow is the Insulin-Resistance Diet, but I’d like to give credit to some of the other sources I have gleaned information from, even though I don’t follow every aspect of their advice/programs. 2 websites that have influenced me are The Gabriel Method and JJVirgin. They are very different places! There were some core principles about nutrition that I gleaned from each of these and I have used a combination of some of the advice from each of them, and put together something that really works for me.
The Gabriel Method
The Gabriel Method is full of very interesting information and advice about nutrition. From this, I learned to add protein and omega 3s to my meals. I learned about whey protein and bought it for the first time because of what this method taught me. The huge benefit was appetite control. It worked so well, I could not believe it! I continue to have whey protein every day (see this post) and it sets me up for hours free from cravings.
I also now take fish oil capsules 3 times a day, and I believe this simple habit has been extremely effective for regulating my cholesterol and triglycerides. Not to mention the host of other benefits omega 3 fatty acids provide – just Google it!
The area where the Gabriel Method did not work for me was the whole “mental programming” thing where you have to make yourself believe you can do it, that your body wants to be thin but you don’t actually have to diet. Others have had success with this, but I did not lose a pound in more than 6 months. This may have been due to menopause, so I don’t want to put people off trying if they feel this resonates with them. I personally think a lot of what Jon Gabriel teaches is gold.
For exercise and general nutrition tips, I have learned a lot from JJ Virgin. Her approach to weight loss is unconventional and is based on high intensity short “bursts” of activity, rather than hours of cardio. This is something that I will cover in a separate post, but it is very effective and you should check out this YouTube video if you want to learn more!
Her advice about nutrition also espouses the principles of getting your appetite under control by using protein and she recommends other supplements which can aid a low carb way of eating, such as carb blockers.
Thank you to both of these inspirational people for giving me new information and helping me on my way to success!