Insulin Resistance

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Okay, I have been thinking about this whole insulin resistance thing (IR). Supposedly with insulin resistance and PCOS our bodies cannot lose weight as easily as 'normal people'.

What I want to know is....what does that mean, and quantify it for me, and how much harder is it, and prove it!

It must be true, or maybe it's one of the greatest myths of all time. My doctor, the diabetes educator, my husband (also a physician), anything you read about PCOS/IR, all say the same thing...it's harder to lose weight. However, when I start researching and asking questions, there are no answers. I ask my doctor--does this mean I have to burn 7000 calories to lose one pound instead of 3500 calories? Do I have to eat only 1200 calories a day to lose weight when others can eat 1800 per day? He doesn't know the answers.

My husband gets frustrated with my questions and tells me that my body is not immune to the laws of physics and if I burn more calories than I take in I will lose weight. Okay, so although I want to believe I am special, I do agree that my body is not a physics anomaly.

Once I took a weight loss class taught by a nutritionist with a zillion advanced degrees. She said that two people same height/weight/bmi/body fat percent, etc, can take a metabolism test (where you dunk in water and stuff like that -I'm pretty vague on the details) and these two people can have totally different metabolism rates. So, does that mean that people with IR just have a slower metabolism?

No one seems to be able to answer the questions...no one seems to know exactly how much harder I have to work to lose weight. And, I was not insulin resistant until I was overweight. So is it just the bad habits?

I am not sure what I believe. I think that maybe this insulin resistance makes it easier to GAIN weight. But I know that when I eat right and work out, the pounds come off. Any slowing in my weight loss can realistically be attributed to getting less young (hitting a milestone year this year and am totally in denial-is it obvious?)

And, what if IR doesn't make it harder to lose weight, but WHAT IF it makes us feel hungrier? When normal people would be satiated, we aren't. Now that actually makes more sense to me.

I mean, so my little cells want to hold onto fat longer than they do in the person next to me. Well, little cells, you are small and single celled and I am going to beat you into submission with exercise! So take that!

If anyone reading this has answers...great, sorta. I don't think I want to know that I have to burn 10000 calories in order to lose one pound. But...if you know that YOU also have IR and you have corralled your little cells into performing their functions correctly, I would like to hear about that.

I'm just not going to feel like a victim of this any longer. I'm not ever going to say 'poor little IR me, I can't lose weight'. Because I have lost 9 pounds so obviously I CAN. And it would be more if my own MIND hadn't tripped me up. And that has nothing to do with my rebellious cells.
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    I don't have an answer to that question. I have PCOS too, and I'm also hypothyroid. I've gotten the "it's all basic math" lecture from MANY doctors. I think with IR, PCOS, hypothyroidism, or any other disorders of the metabolism, it basically means that our bodies chemically don't perform that same mathematically as a normal person.

    In other words, for a "normal" person, it's a matter of basic arithmetic. For someone with a metabolic disorder, it's a matter of deriving complex partial differential equations. whew. I'm brain dead just typing that.

    But it IS still possible to lose weight. It just requires far more effort, and patience with the ignorant "it's just math" crowd.
    4601 days ago
  • RACHEL630
    THat's right!!! Don't take any crap from those cells. You're doing great! 9lbs down in awesome. Don't be a victim. Take charge! I like your attitude. Keep up the great work!
    4602 days ago
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