Can't shift the last few pounds?
You’ve done it all: hit the gym at ungodly hours when your body was SCREAMING for more sleep, you’ve cut out all carbs and introduced unspeakably bland smoothies to your life, and yet, you just can’t get rid of the extra pounds or get the energy you should – surely – be getting from such a healthy lifestyle. Trouble is: you’ve probably become insulin resistant.
Insulin is your fat storage hormone. In an ideal world, it transports sugar to your liver where sugar is transformed into fat to be burned off. But if you have a history of excess alcohol, sugar and carbs (‘good’ or ‘bad’ ones), then sugar is not burned off and stays as fat in your liver, leading to mid-section ‘tires’ and ‘bingo wings’ 😉
So what’s the solution? Diet is of course vital to overcome insulin resistance, so reduce or cut out all refined carbohydrates (including all sugars) but you also need to reduce stress as it can lead to inflammation – a BIG precursor of insulin resistance.
So increase good fats (avocado, oily fish, nut and seeds, olive oil, coconut oil) protein (lean meats, fish, pulses, nuts, seeds, quinoa, eggs) and lots of fiber (vegetables, some fruit, avocadoes, quinoa, nuts and seeds)..and relax…
Click here for my latest insulin-resistance bashing delicious recipe.