Low Carb Frequently Asked Questions - Can LC work for people with insulin resistance?

01-10-2008, 02:01 AM
Hi, I'm new to this LC forum. I have had trouble losing wieght in the past and found out that I am insulin resistant. I have been told that I need to lower my carbs and eat more protein in order to lose weight. I would love some words that will reassure me that the weight will come off. Reading your posts has given me some inspiration... I guess I feel like it won't happen and I'm afraid to really give it a go... but I'm ready if it will really work. Ok.. that sounds lame. Lol. Just wondered if anyone else is doing LC with insulin resistance? Thanks!:dizzy:

01-10-2008, 11:18 AM
I have Insulin Resistance and my doctor specifically told me that Low Carb was the way to go to be able for me to lose weight. He was 100% right. I've tried calorie counting, and lowfat diets with IR and can't seem to get the weight off. Give it a try, it will work for you too. I will add that my Dr. does prefer SBD over Atkins, but Atkins is what works best for me.

When I would try the other "diets", I would give up cause the weight wasn't coming off and it got so frustrating that I couldn't take it.

01-11-2008, 01:23 PM
How was your IR diagnosed? Mine, I just believe exists.

01-11-2008, 03:36 PM
Thanks Lilybelle for the comment. I am happy to say that I got on the scales today and have lost 4 pounds!! I'm a bit shocked because I didn't think this would really work. I haven't started the induction yet, but have lowered my carbs considerably and am waiting for the chance to head into town to do some grocery shopping. (Today or tomorrow)

JerseyGirl, My doctor did a blood test that showed that I had high insulin levels, high liver enzymes but my glucose and sugar levels were normal. High insulin levels are hard on your organs and can lead to diabetes if not taken care of. Hope this helps. :)

02-03-2008, 02:30 AM
SugarBaby, I would say Lilibelle and JerseyGyrl are the experts here. They are my heros.

Low carb was designed almost specifically for insulin resistance and pre-diabetes.

I want to stress that you can not do low carb AND low fat. That will not work. You may need to change your whole paradigm concerning fats and weight. I don't know what program you are following, if any. You may want to buy a low carb book for guidance on how you should eat.

02-27-2008, 01:58 AM
I just read this great book called the Insulance Resistance diet. I can't post the link because I am a newbie, but just search on amazon for it. It was really great and made me understand why low carb worked well for this condition.

03-01-2008, 03:31 AM
I've had 3 dr's tell me to do locarb with my insulin resistance. You'd think I'd listen by now??

03-01-2008, 05:26 AM
Me too. I've recently even proven it to myself, through my food journals that I can lose much better on low carb. Counting calories and carbs I found that on about 1800 calories of high-carb, my weight loss is very slow and susceptible to stalls and gains if I increase my calories even slightly. However, on low-carb the same 1800 calories (or even more) results in consistently much larger losses. I've only been able to break the 350 wall because of low-carb. After months and months of losing and gaining the same 5 to 8 lbs, I finally broke through. It may seem like a crazy, small victory, but it brought me to tears.

To be honest, I was flabberghasted. I pretty much had always been taught and believed that "a calorie is a calorie." Even though I've known for a long time that I lose faster on low-carb, I assumed that it was because of calorie restriction - that I was less hungry so was eating less (not that this shouldn't have been reason enough to commit to the low-carb WOE).

There are several reasons I think I've had a big obstacle in my brain against low-carb eating. 1. Price - carbs are cheaper. Hubby and I are on a very tight budget, cheap low-carb is a challenge. 2. Fear - there's a lot of propaganda out there about how "unhealthy" the diet is. Since now my doctors are prescribing the diet, you would think I would be less concerned, but it's hard to overcome a lifetime of bias. Still, I have my bloodwork done every quarter, so everything is being closely monitored. 3. Carb-addiction - those pesky little carbs are just so appealing. And when I was convinced that only calories mattered, I could easily justify "budgeting" for whatever I wanted. And it "sort of" worked, in that I often could lose a little weight by tight calorie counting. 4. Habit - change is hard. Any change. I really have to not only learn to "do" differently, but "think" differently as well. 5. Pressure - I was telling my mom and sister about my "low-carb" discoveries, and got a lecture about how I was going to gain it all back, and how unhealthy the diet is....... I nearly caved - but then went back and read my food journal - the "proof" that this will work if I commit to it.

I have to say I am a true convert. I'm still trying to learn the optimal carb level for me that allows me to lose steadily without feeling ill. I'm on medication that lowers blood sugar, so I can't go too low or I feel terrible and risk drastic blood sugar drops. But too high, even when the carbs are "good carbs" and the weight loss stalls, and fatigue increases.

03-03-2008, 05:20 PM
Oh you guys....this thread is just what I've been looking for! I so can relate to Sugarbaby. I've been doing a low fat plan and it totally isn't working for me. The unfortunate thing is I paid for it through my fitness center and have 3 months to go with it. I've been talking to my coach about my insulin resistance and told her to google it online and she has done that. Her comments were that she has some other clients just like me and wonders if they too aren't insulin resistant. She told me that from her digging, she found that low carb seems to be the way to go.
My question for you all....(I have BOTH the South Beach and Insulin Resistance Diet books). Which would be the better way to go, do you think? I'm leaning towards South Beach as it seems more realistic for an ungoing plan.

03-03-2008, 09:34 PM
The best diet for you is the one you can stick with for life.

03-04-2008, 07:27 AM
Hallo you all. I am new to this LC forum, and very exited to start losing some weight. I am currently following the Carbodydrate Addicts Diet, and wondered if anybody else is following it?

03-04-2008, 01:02 PM
The best diet for you is the one you can stick with for life.

Amen Petra! No sense in struggling to lose the weight if you aren't planning to keep it off!:)

03-04-2008, 02:51 PM
Snoekie-I'm not on Carbohydrate Addict's but I am familiar with it. I would welcome some other "non-Atkins" folks on the forum. I think the variety would be great.

03-04-2008, 06:32 PM
I'm going for South Beach I think, as it seems a bit more moderate in what it allows. I did it back when it first hit the popularity plane but didnt' stick with it. I wish I had now! But can't go backwards...so foreward we go instead! I haven't read the CA book but I did read in another one that people who crave carbs do so because their insulin isn't being processed properly. If you're a carb addict perhaps you're also insulin resistant. There are many people who are, and don't know it yet.
I need to sit down though and go through my SB book to make up a plan. Unfortunately, I just did our grocery shopping AND it's not geared in this direction. I will need to go to the store at the end of the week though and maybe can begin my newest journey after that time.

03-04-2008, 06:36 PM
I'm pretty sure the folks on the forum can give you some great ideas for menus. One of my issues with SB was that it seemed to be a little loose in the structure department and I think the forum here probably makes up for that.

03-05-2008, 10:52 AM
My story - I lost a lot of weight 67 pounds in approx 2 years with Weigh Less a low fat, high fibre diet club. You have to weigh all your food and you have a formula that you must eat everything of every day (5 Carbs, 3 Proteïen, 3 veggies, 2 fruit, 2 fat, etc. etc.) My problem with this way of eating is that when I wake up in the morning the first thing on my mind and the last thing when I go to bed is what/when/how am I going to eat everything on my formula. FOOD RULED MY LIVE!!! After stopping the diet I gained 24 pounds in 5 months, so I decided to get my act together before I am back where I started. This time I decided to go the low carb way because after 2 weeks I feel free – cravings gone, no more hungry pains and food is the last thing on my mind!

I decided to go on the CA diet because it allows me 1 “Reward meal” that include a carb or two as long as it is part of a balanced meal and it is consumed within one hour, the other two meals should only be low carbs…

I hope I can achieve my goal weight with you guys supporting me because I cannot afford to gain everything back and I don’t want to start weighing my food again …….

03-05-2008, 10:54 AM
You are certainly welcome here.

03-06-2008, 02:26 AM
Thanks Petra! What do you guys do about bad breath? Are we allowed to eat sugar free gum on a low carb diet?

03-06-2008, 09:08 AM
Sugar free would be fine. Come join the chat.

03-29-2008, 05:52 PM
Just to reiterate what everyone else has said...(only putting it in my own words...lol)

Low carb - from what I've read - is the ONLY way to go for people with Insulin Resistance. I have it as well (of course) - and I am still trying to really 'accept' that low-carb IS the way I have to go if i want to get back to my 'normal' weight of 160 (i'm 5'8") (right now i'm at 180 - down from 197 last year!) - and most of this recent weight loss of 17 was done (half-assed) on weight watcher's core program plus metformin. my doctor has upped my metformin from 2 to 4 pills a day now (2000 mg) and has told me - as she herself has IR - that honestly - the ONLY way for people with Insulin Resistance to lose weight IS low carb!

I've been trying - and I think i've been doing well - as the scale has been going down (verrrrrry slowly) - but i dunno - for me, it's so hard to accept that "low carb" IS the way to go - mainly cuz i lost 60 pounds on weight watchers points program (not low carb, just low portions) - and I have ALWAYS had this mental thing where I've always thought that low-carb = unhealthy - whereas now i'm learning that for ME - locarb IS healthy and IS the way to go...and that is what i'm having a hard to really wrapping my brain around and accepting and saying, "No, i shouldn't have that bread...if i want to continue losing weight, that is..."

But with my brain and thinking - it's been so 'ingrained' into my head that "low-calorie, low-fat" is the ONLY way to go (since that's pretty much weight watcher's thinking and that carbs aren't "bad") but that's just it...carbs really AREN'T "bad" - but they're NOT "good" either. low-calorie/low-fat normally means high carb. and even "good carbs" - whole grains, etc...while they ARE healthier than white flour, white rice, etc...we still can't have too MANY of them because - people with insulin resistance just turn carbs - any type - pretty much straight into fat, unless that energy is used asap after eating it. and i have a sit down desk job...i can't USE that energy asap. :-(

so the answer is YES. low carb DOES work for people with insulin resistance. To the original poster of this - I would suggest the book that I think someone else already mentioned - "The Insulin Resistance Diet" - I LOVE this book and it has SO much information that will help!

so yeah - that's just my $.02 on the whole thing...as i myself am trying to 'turn' into a low-carb lifestyle...

03-31-2008, 12:29 AM
Hey, there IndyChick829 and Snoekie. Congrats on the weight loss so far. IndyChick, you should go look at Bluex's post in the thread "Not just vanity anymore, this is MY LIFE I am talking about." She's was on Metaformin for three years but she able to stop taking it this month.

I really understand the apprehension regarding leading a low carb lifestyle. It is extremely hard to change your paradigm after hearing for your entire life that fat is bad for you and low-fat, low-calorie is the only way to go. I would like to suggest you read a couple of other books. The first is Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taub. I haven't read this yet [I am #1 on the library wait list], but it comes highly recommended from the seasoned veterans of this forum. The author, Gary Taub, wrote that explosive article in the New York Times, "What If It's All Been A Big Fat Lie."

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F04E2D61F3EF934A35754C0A9649C8B 63

The second is Living The Low Carb Life by Jonny Bowden. This book actually explains the physiology of the low carb diet and may help you to think differently about low-carb. He also reviews and evaluates 14 different low carb diets. Therefore, you can get an idea which diet may work best for you and your lilfestyle and needs. You should be able to get these books from your local library. I'm going to get the book you suggested, The Insulin Resistance Diet.

Good luck with your weight loss and the medicine issue. Hope you can get off them soon.

03-31-2008, 08:19 AM
SNOEKIE Hi and welome I have tried carb addictsdiet it was the first one and wel I ate for the full 60 min starting and ending with a carb. :lol: that did not last long It did not help. low carb all the way for me. It does work. I have lost much with low carb but you need to decide if it will work for you. I am now a full fledged diabetic. YUCK!! I was doing geat then went back to stuffing the face with any and all carbs I could find, and regained all i had lost and then some, that was 4 years ago I regained it all back and now I am diabetic. You can do it an go for it now before you get diabeties. Welcome