I don’t want to put any pressure on you but there are 28 days left of this month before the 1st of September. Otherwise known as spring day. This day is marked by joy, love and celebrations. This also marks a day of stress shared by millions of South Africans because it ultimately means less clothes and more exposure.
Some of you have been good little gym bunnies but for the rest, the big woolly jackets have been your baby blanket of security. You know deep down that this winter, like the last, was filled with enjoyment and overindulgence. Relax and take a deep breath! Today is the day you will make a conscious effort to change for the better but first you need to understand the ground rules.
The older you get the more you seem to be putting on weight and you don’t know why? You could be insulin resistant? A simple way of checking according to Professor Tim Noakes is to reach down to your love handles or thighs and if you can grab a handful, then you are probably insulin resistant. Insulin is a hormone that is produced in the pancreas which regulates the amount of Glucose in the blood. Glucose is commonly known as “table sugar” or can be found as a syrup used in the food industry.
One the most important functions of insulin is to regulate the delivery of glucose into cells to provide them with energy. When you become insulin resistant, this means that the cells cannot take in glucose, fatty acids and amino acids. Your cells are literally rejecting the nutrient source needed to energize the cells and thus causing an increase in blood glucose levels. If the cells are not taking in the glucose for you to use in your daily activity and sport, then the body tries to reduce the spike by storing it as fat around your abdominals and thighs.
Have you ever wondered why when you eat a high carb meal like a pasta, that you are so tired after eating it? That is your body’s natural way of saying you have too much glucose in your blood stream and it’s about to deposit the excess wastage as fat. Other common symptoms of insulin resistance is inability to focus, intestinal bloating, weight gain, increase in blood pressure and even depression.
After reading this article I am sure the depression is starting to kick in, if you haven’t kicked yourself already but I have good news. It can be reversed by simply cutting down your carb intake by 80% – 90%, focus on organic fruits, nuts and vegetables and delicious proteins and balance that with a 45minute moderate to high exercise program 3 to 4 times a week.