For a year now, I’ve been working with this girl named Oriana.
She’s a great girl. And the second I met her, I knew I had to help her.
She was 14 years old and was severely overweight. She weighed around 250 pounds. And all this extra weight was putting her at risk of developing health problems at a young age.
But even more dangerous were the affects her weight had on her self-esteem.
She hated the way she looked and felt. She never felt confident in her own body.
It reminded me of the frustrations I felt when I was struggling with my weight.
So Oriana became like a little sister to me.
I helped her clean up her diet.
I put her on an exercise program.
And before long, she lost 40 pounds!
She became motivated. She didn’t miss workouts. She stuck to her diet.
But then all of a sudden, the scale stopped moving.
Even though she was doing everything right, she stopped getting results.
Well recently, we found out why.
Oriana went to the doctor and was diagnosed with insulin resistance.
It’s a condition that’s becoming more and more common.
When someone has insulin resistance, it means that their cells can’t use insulin the right way. But since your body needs insulin to maintain blood sugar levels, it has to find a way to force it into your cells. So your body produces more insulin than it should.
And since insulin is the “fat storage” hormone, this makes it much harder to lose weight.
But we weren’t giving up. Just because something is harder… doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
And I was motivated to help Oriana prove that.
So I started doing some research… and I found that by eating a certain way, you can improve the condition.
One of the big changes that makes a big difference is in your diet.
People with insulin resistance need to eat less carbohydrates. Carbs are a great source of energy, but they cause insulin spikes… which is the last thing you want when you’re insulin resistant.
So you should eat a diet higher in protein, fiber and healthy fats… and lower in carbohydrates.
But you still need some carbs. So you want to stick to what’s called “low-gi” carbs. This means that they take longer to process. They don’t cause those sudden spikes in insulin.
Good examples of these carbs are vegetables, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and lentils.
Ever since we started focusing on these “low-gi” foods, Oriana has been losing weight again!
She’s excited that we finally found the cause of her struggles… and is looking forward to making great progress.
So if you’re a woman with insulin resistance, don’t let it discourage you.
With your dedication and the right diet… you can achieve all of your weight loss goals.
Just promise yourself not to give up. And to make sure you stick to that promise, make it in the comments section below. Say: “I will never give up!”