This is Part 3 of the 4 part series: “Are you in the 60%? If so, you’ve been misled for over 60 Years”
Part 3 will give you solid information on how to easily determine if you are in the 60% who cannot succeed and maintain health on a traditional diet.
Are you losing control of……
-Your weight (despite your dieting attempts, you can no longer lose weight and keep it off)
– Fat accumulating around your middle; belly fat, muffin top, love handles, back fat
-Low energy levels, feeling tired upon arising, needing a nap or caffeine during the day
-Increasing body fat percentage
-Increasing blood pressure
-Increasing blood lipids ( cholesterol and triglycerides)
-Increasing Insulin levels
-Decreasing Vitamin D level
-Problems with short term memory, focus, and concentration
-Food cravings, uncontrolled binges
-Rollercoaster moods (depression/anxiety)
-Low self esteem due to weight or size
Review of Parts 1 and 2 of this important series:
As Part 1 and Part 2 concluded, 40% of the adult population can lose weight and keep it off following a low calorie, low fat diet with increased activity. For 40% of the population, popular weight loss diets like Weight Watchers™, Jenny Craig™, Nutrisystem, ™ Medifast™, and even individualized weight loss diets planned by RD’s can work. People with normal insulin production (I call this Metabolism A) can succeed on a calories in/calories out approach to dieting.
BUT, 60% of the adult population will NOT succeed in weight reduction and improvement in weight-related health conditions following the same low calorie, low fat typical weight loss diets. These are the Weight Watchers failures, the Jenny Craig regains, and Nutrisystem yo yo’s. Did they fail at the program? No they did not. The program failed them.
If a person with insulin imbalance (Metabolism B) attempts to lose weight and get healthy on a diet planned for those with Metabolism A (those with normal insulin response), they will NOT succeed and, in fact, can get fatter and sicker.
Over 60% of the population has the genetic predisposition to insulin imbalance. Their pancreases gradually over-react to normal rises in blood sugar by releasing excess insulin. And insulin is a fat gain hormone.
Blood glucose normally rises from carbohydrate foods and the body’s self feeding mechanism. When a person exceeds 5 hours without eating, the liver automatically releases stored glucose to maintain blood sugar.
When a Met B person’s liver begins to self feed, the normal and natural blood sugar rise trips the Met B pancreas to over- release insulin. Even though the person is not eating, blood sugar will rise and excess insulin release will cause the person to gain excess fat and feel blood sugar lows.
For Met B’s, it appears as if they are damned if they eat and damned if they don’t. They really can gain weight on the same low calorie, low fat diet that enables others to lose weight.
When Met A’s are sick, they lose weight. When Met B’s get sick, they can gain weight. Stress causes those with Met A to lose their appetite. Stress for those with Met B triggers uncontrolled excess eating. Those with Met A can go 4-5 hours without feeling hunger. Those with Met B are lucky to reach 2-3 hours without feeling hungry and “needing” something to eat.
Dieting is a different world for those with Met A vs those with Met B.
Do YOU have Met B?
There are 3 ways to conclude if you have Metabolism B. Fasting labwork, personal symptoms, and medical history
1. Fasting Lab Work that confirms Met B:
Make sure to have labs drawn as close as possible to wake up after fasting a minimum of 8 hours. The following are the qualifiers for Met B. They will not match the qualifiers on your lab tests…
Fasting: Met A Met B
Glucose 65-85 Under 65 OR over 85
Hemoglobin A1C 5.3- 5.6 Under 5.3 OR over 5.6
Insulin level 6.0 or under Over 6.0
Vitamin D Over 40 Under 40
Total cholesterol Under 200 Over 200 without medication
LDL cholesterol Under 100 Over 100 without medication
Triglycerides Under 100 Over 100
TSH 0 .45 -4.0 Under .45 or over 4.0
2. Symptoms of Met B
Late afternoon energy slump
Occasional Panic Attacks
Cravings for carbs (chocolate, chips, bread, pasta, ice cream, etc)
Not feeling full for any length of time
Old tried and true diets no longer work
Midsection fat deposits (muffin top, belly fat, back fat, love handles)
Difficulty losing weight and then keeping it off
Poor short term memory
Problems with focus and concentration
Racing thoughts or brain fog
Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
Caffeine has less of an impact than it used to
Alcohol has more of an impact than it used to
Intermittent blurry vision
Difficulty with night driving and increased light sensitivity
3. Family or Person Medical history of
High blood lipids like cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides
Anxiety disorder or panic attacks
Cancer (breast, colon, skin, prostate, uterine, testicular, pancreatic)
Diabetes (hypoglycemia, pre diabetes, gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes)
Will you have all the lab work, symptoms, or medical history of a person with Met B? No. Remember that Met B is a progressive condition. You might start off with normal labs and no real symptoms but as your life progresses, environmental stressors occur and your genetic predisposition causes these changes to occur.
On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, I will post the conclusion of this 4 part series and provide concrete ideas on what you, a person with Met B, can do to finally lose weight, keep it off, and regain control of your health and wellness.
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