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Is It Good To Be Insulin Resistant?

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What is INSULIN RESISTANCE? What does INSULIN RESISTANCE mean? INSULIN RESISTANCE meaning - INSULIN RESISTANCE definition - INSULIN RESISTANCE explanation. Source: Wikipedia.org article, adapted under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/... license. Insulin resistance (IR) is a pathological condition in which cells fail to respond normally to the hormone insulin. The body produces insulin when glucose starts to be released into the bloodstream from the digestion of carbohydrates in the diet. Normally this insulin response triggers glucose being taken into body cells, to be used for energy, and inhibits the body from using fat for energy. The concentration of glucose in the blood decreases as a result, staying within the normal range even when a large amount of carbohydrates is consumed. When the body produces insulin under conditions of insulin resistance, the cells are resistant to the insulin and are unable to use it as effectively, leading to high blood sugar. Beta cells in the pancreas subsequently increase their production of insulin, further contributing to a high blood insulin level. This often remains undetected and can contribute to a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes or latent autoimmune diabetes of adults. Although this type of chronic insulin resistance is harmful, during acute illness it is actually a well-evolved protective mechanism. Recent investigations have revealed that insulin resistance helps to conserve the brain's glucose supply by preventing muscles from taking up excessive glucose. Insulin resistance should even be strengthened under harsh metabolic conditions such as pregnancy, during which the expanding fetal brain demands more glucose. People who develop type 2 diabetes usually pass through earlier stages of insulin resistance and prediabetes, although those often go undiagnosed. Insulin resistance is a syndrome (a set of signs and symptoms) resulting from reduced insulin action; it is also part of a larger constellation of symptoms called the metabolic syndrome. Insulin resistance may also develop in patients who have recently experienced abdominal or bariatric procedures. This acute form of insulin resistance that may result post-operatively tends to increase over the short-term with sensitivity to insulin typically returning to patients after about five days.

Why Insulin Resistance Is Good

We’re always told that insulin resistance is the root cause of diabetes type 2. But that may be wrong. Insulin resistance could be a GOOD thing. Dr. Fung explains it well in this insightful new post. Basically, insulin resistance is the way the cells protect themselves from excess insulin and glucose in the blood (the real problem): Dr. Fung: Insulin Resistance is Good? I love Dr. Fung’s take on inflammation in this post as well. It has bothered me for quite some time when people claim that inflammation is the cause of X (i.e. heart disease). Inflammation is usually a symptom of a problem, it’s the body’s default response to damage. The cause is something else. In the case of heart disease the cause is damage to the interior of the blood vessels. This damage results in inflammation – but that’s just a symptom. The cause of the damage? Many things. High blood sugar. High blood pressure. Toxic chemicals (e.g. from smoking). And probably oxidized small dense LDL particles. Excess bad carbs can be behind all these causes of heart disease, except perhaps smoking. The thing is that we can’t solve the problem by attacking a symptom of the problem. Diabetes type 2 can’t be Continue reading >>

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  1. CFree3344

    PH Strips

    Do PH strips do the same thing as Keto strips?
    At Vitamin Shoppe they only had PH strips.
    If they are the same, at what # should I be at to know ketones are present?
    If they aren't, it looks like i shelled out 12 bucks for nothing.. booo

  2. taf1968

    Pretty sure they are totally different . . . I think pH diets are different from low carb diets so to test if you are in ketosis you'd need strips that check for ketones, not alkalinity.
    If it helps, I know that Walgreens sells "Ketone Test Strips" for about $10 . . . cheaper than Ketostix and they are exactly the same. Supposedly Walmart has a brand as well for cheaper than Ketostix. So it's not a huge investment.

  3. timmymayes

    Originally Posted by taf1968
    Pretty sure they are totally different . . . I think pH diets are different from low carb diets so to test if you are in ketosis you'd need strips that check for ketones, not alkalinity.
    If it helps, I know that Walgreens sells "Ketone Test Strips" for about $10 . . . cheaper than Ketostix and they are exactly the same. Supposedly Walmart has a brand as well for cheaper than Ketostix. So it's not a huge investment.

    How many test strips?

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Hello! My Tribe, Why Am I Not Losing Weight? Do you have this question then today will tell you about some common Weight Loss Mistakes If youve been trying to lose weight, youve probably started to eat less, exercise more, choose diet foods, avoid fat, or cut down calories. Maybe youve done all this and youre still not achieved your weight loss goal. Or youve had short-term results, but the weight keeps coming back and you feel stuck. To be able to lose the weight for good, its important to understand that both your dietary as well as lifestyle habits can really hinder your success, sometimes on a very subtle level. So, today Im going to tell you about ten common mistakes that are slowing down your weight loss progress. Your expectations are unrealistic Although we all know too well that losing weight takes a lot of time, every time we begin a diet we want to see the results almost immediately. Most people think that only after a week of dieting their body shape will noticeably change. Well, no such thing will happen, because of course, the weight that you have gained over months or years wont shed off in a week or a month. You are losing weight without realizing it Its very common to feel like youre not losing weight fast enough, despite faithfully sticking to your diet. However, the number on the scale is only one measure of weight change. Weight is influenced by several things, including fluid fluctuations and the amount of food that remains in your system. In fact, weight can fluctuate by up to 4 pounds over the course of a day. Stress Physical, mental and emotional stress can be one of the biggest culprits for hormone fluctuations, which eventually halts the fat losing process in the body. To reduce stress, you can light candles, have long salt baths at the end of the day and try breathing exercises. Lack of sleep Research says that sleep deprivation can hinder fat loss and lead to hunger pangs due to high levels of the hormone ghrelin. This simply means that to keep your stress levels in check and to lose more weight, you need to get enough sleep. When you get enough sleep, you feel less hungry and eat less. Being sleep deprived can lead to overeating and cravings for junk food. Therefore a healthy seven to nine hours of sleep everyday can help you lose weight without struggle. You are binging on healthy foods While healthy foods are good for your health, eating too much of them is not going to help you with weight loss. Anything in excess will only do more harm than good. And food, even if its healthy, is calories at the end of the day. So if you have been binging on healthy foods, stop doing that now and you might see some change in your weight loss progress. You are not lifting weights Performing resistance training is incredibly important during weight loss.Lifting weights is one of the most effective exercise strategies for gaining muscle and increasing metabolic rate. It also improves overall body composition and boosts belly fat loss. If you love your cardio and shy away from lifting weights, you need to change your habit, because while cardio helps you lose fat while you workout, lifting weights helps increase your muscle mass. And more muscle means more fat burning capacity. So, next time you hit the gym, try weights instead of cardio. You have hit a plateau If you have been following the same kind of diet for too long and have stopped losing those pounds, you need to stop and change the way you eat. Eating too less or too more has an effect on our metabolism and as soon as our body is habituated to a routine, the weight loss journey begins to stall. So if you have hit a plateau in your weight loss journey, replace your current diet and workout with a new one! If you are one of those who is finding it challenging to loose weight, I am sure you will relate to some of these. Weight loss is a journey, even if you are making a few mistakes, its never too late to get yourself on to the right track. Be consistent, the magic word, this will lead you to your destination. Share with me your weight loss journey. Always waiting to hear from you. Love and health Uma Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theumashow/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/umagd/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/umagd Website: http://theumashow.com

Insulin Resistance: The Real Reason Why You Aren’t Losing Weight

Many people have weight loss as one of their key resolutions. Sadly, 35 percent of people also give up on that goal before the month even ends. It’s not necessarily lack of time or willpower that causes you to struggle with weight loss year after year. The real reason that you may have struggled to lose weight is insulin resistance, or a condition I call metabolism dysfunction. So you may be thinking, “Why is it so hard for me to lose weight?” I’m doing “everything right,” and yet still weight loss is difficult. Perhaps (like many of my patients) you’re already following a strict diet and working out several times a week, but to no avail. The weight still won’t come off — or, worse, you are gaining weight for seemingly no reason at all! You have become resigned to being overweight. Weight problems aren’t a permanent and immovable fixture for the rest of your life. If you’re finding that weight is easy to gain and hard to lose, it’s not your fault! Weight problems aren’t just about overeating or under exercising — they’re about metabolic changes (The MD Factor Diet, 2015) that are collectively known as insulin resistance. Lab tests conducted in my pract Continue reading >>

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  1. sesame_sprinkles

    I know that on keto you burn fat as you use it for energy. But i always see the fact that it's the caloric deficit that makes you lose weight rather than the ketosis itself. So my question is how much more effective is it to be on a 500 cal deficit on keto compared to a regular 500 cal deficit diet?
    The reason I ask is because I have a relatively active lifestyle ( mma 5 - 6 x a week, running 3x a week and looking to get into lifting 3x a week) but I have a high bf% (20-ish%) and I want to lower it. But I've heard that keto hinders athletic performance for about a month until you get used to using fat for energy. I was just wondering if the effects of keto are great enough to be worth me hindering my performance for a month or if I should just do the traditional 500 cal deficit.
    I've already asked this on /r/keto but the responses have been unhelpful

  2. jrcoreymv

    The best diet is the one you can stick to. I've done other diets (IIFYM + IF, carb-cycling, moderate-carb, etc) with decent results. I'm now two weeks into a keto diet and it has been the best one, by significant margin. I haven't had a single craving or hunger pang, which is absurd because Im a hungry bitch. I havent weighed myself yet, but the mirror says I've been making insane progress. I'd highly recommend keto if you have issues with hunger or carb-cravings. One downside I've noticed so far is that my strength has decreased and my workouts arent as explosive, but that's kind of expected with no carbs. Maybe it will improve.
    EDIT: I should also say that I counted calories/macros on all my diets

  3. phrakture

    I think this is the best answer. There's no magic in keto, but if you are a former fat boy and can't eat oreos without eating the whole container, keto could be for you

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Learn how to build muscle faster with proper recovery. Recover after a workout without overtraining. FREE 6 Week Challenge: https://gravitychallenges.com/home65d... Fat Loss Calculator: http://bit.ly/2oWYVfd Whether your lifting weights, playing a sport, or training with your body weight the working out portion of the process is very important to develop your muscles and to increase your strength. There really is no other method quite as effective as exercising to achieve your physical goals. However most people don't fully understand and appreciate just how important recovery is, in this process. So, In this video I'm going to go over the importance of recovery, how long you should recover for, and how you can speed up your recovery. Let's start by talking about one of the most major reasons why recovery is so important. When you workout, whether you're lifting weights, playing soccer, or doing push-ups your going to breakdown muscle tissue in the process. This might sound like a bad thing but it's actually totally okay. We're not talking about full out muscle tears, but instead tiny microscopic tears in the muscle. These tears are what will end up leading to an increase in our muscles size, strength, and functionality. However the tears themselves are not what leads to all these improvements. In fact a worn out beaten up muscle is usually less capable than it would be fully healed. So the critical time for growing and strengthening your muscles is when you're out of the gym resting, not during your workout. When you recover from a workout it takes some time to repair all those microscopic tears. Exactly how much time varies from person to person and is also dependent on how intense your workout was. For example in a low-intensity workout such as jogging at a steady pace you're not going to need quite as long to recover and some people can be ready to go for another run within 24 hours. On the other hand if you do a power lifting workout it could take you anywhere from 72 hours all the way to a full week to recover fully, especially from heavy exercises involving large muscles groups like squats. In general when using weights it is recommended that you take at least 48 hours off before working the same muscle group again. So you can go and workout the next day, but just try to work on a different muscle group. Another factor that influences how long it takes you to recover is the style of the workout. Does the workout involve a lot of eccentric lifting where you're slowing the weight down or is it mostly concentric where you are accelerating the weight. If you're doing mostly concentric exercises where you drop the weight such as Olympic lifters or many crossfitters then recovery is faster. Bodybuilders and power lifters would be categorized as doing more eccentric lifts so they may take longer to recover... And the last factor that effects recovery time, is age. If you're older you're going to have a tougher time recovering than if you're younger, and you may need more time off. Keep in mind that you regardless of your age your muscles arent the only thing that need time to recover. Your connective tissue such as tendons and ligaments need time to recover as well. The thing about tendons and ligaments is that you may not even feel sore, but that doesn't mean that they are fully recovered. Especially because tendons and ligaments receive less blood than the muscles so it takes them longer to fully repair. Therefore, do not base whether you need time to recover or not only on soreness because it's not the best indicator. It's important to also realize that when training intensely you have to worry about your nervous system recovering as well. If you do an extremely intense leg workout and then the next day do an extremely intense upper body workout, you may not be at your best for your second workout. Even though you are working different muscles, doing a high intensity workout will take a toll on your nervous system. Chances are high that it won't be ready to go all out for another intense workout the next day. Your CNS or central nervous system is responsible for generating muscular contractions in all types of training, so when you stack workout upon workout, eventually it can tire out. To help your central nervous system fully recover it may be a good idea to not only take a day off between working the same muscle groups again, but instead to just take a day or two off in general. This will allow your body to fully recover. I've been surprised so many times when I would take a few days off of working out and come back even stronger. This definitely had to do with my nervous system finally being allowed to fully recover.

Nine Things That Improve Insulin Sensitivity: Accelerate Fat Loss & Build Muscle Faster!

Insulin sensitivity is SO important for fat loss because when you are insulin resistant, the body is much more likely to store the food you eat as fat. Insulin resistance also produces inflammation in the body, causing a whole bunch of health problems that any sane person wouldn’t want to deal with. Besides making it nearly impossible to lose significant amounts of body fat or pack on muscle, poor insulin sensitivity has all of the following negative effects: • It reduces athletic performance. • It inhibits sleep and makes you tired. • It slows recovery from training or injury. • Muscle soreness and pain are more severe. • It leads to diabetes if you don’t fix it. • It raises triglycerides and increases heart disease risk • It leads to a boatload of other health problems—you’ve heard the misery suffered by diabetics (sleep apnea, nerve problems, gut issues, eye and feet problems, and so on). Don’t worry! There are simple everyday things you can do to improve insulin sensitivity and optimize everything about your life. This article will give you a quick run-down on how insulin works and what you can do NOW to improve it. What Insulin Is & Why It Matters Insul Continue reading >>

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  1. chubster85

    Hello,
    I am on day 1, I counted my carbs for breakfast and thought great, I've had 6 carbs - perfect for stage 1 of atkins... but, just for fun I counted the calories... I totaled at 750 calories.
    I think it'll be hard to stick under 2500 calories during the first week whilst I reach ketosis at this weight, is this to be expected? I'm a lump of a guy, 350lbs/6"4 and ex-powerlifter and rugby player, so I've always eaten alot... but now I'm genuinely worried with the fat contents and calories, even if I do stay under a carb limit?
    Any advice welcome!

  2. CabinFeverBob

    I know that 750 calories sounds like a lot for breakfast, but if there was enough fat in there, you might find that it'll hold you over until dinner. See how things work out for you.

  3. SeusGeus

    You are just starting and while you should be mindful of calories, don't let them be the end-all be-all of your diet. You should be most mindful of your body's hunger, unless that hunger is telling you to devour AN ENTIRE BOX OF KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS! Then your body is just lying to you. If you eat 3000-4000 calories this first couple of weeks, no worries. You're a very big guy. Just pick your macros and stick to them.
    I love using my fitness pal with a keto hack to help me plan meals and snacks. Days when I EAT ALL THE FOOD are no longer stressors for me. It's okay. It's also okay, if you have days where you just don't want to eat anything.
    My biggest challenge, after accepting that fat in my diet is actually a good thing, is learning to hear and respect my hunger cues again. I have a hard time not eating just because everyone else is or "it's time to eat."
    I love keto because it gives me 1 thing to worry about: macros.

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