Why is it so hard to lose weight when you have insulin resistance?
Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate sugar (aka glucose). Think of insulin as the Amazon delivery guy and the package is glucose. The cells in your body is your house. When you have insuin resistance, you start to ignore the knocks from Amazon. You just get so many packages a day you dont feel like answering the door. So your package just sits outside. This is what happens in your body when your cells ignore insulin. Glucose sits outside for awhile. It eventually makes it inside the cell but the process is inefficient. This slows the metabolism.
Cells use glucose for their main sources of energy. Excesss glucose is stored as fat. So when you have high (excess) glucose (and thus high insulin) your body will store fat. So the cycle of weight gain for the insulin resistance patient is very difficult to break once you have the metabolic derangement.
What are my medical options to lose weight?
There are several different medications for insulin resistance but only a few that have seen great success. At MyJourneyMD, for our insulin resistant patients we will review your medical history to determine which medication is best for you. Commonly we will choose a GLP-1 receptor agnoist such as semaglutide because of its high success rate and its FDA approval for chronic obesity.
What are my evidence based non medical options to lose weight?
Here are my top 3 non medical recommendations: