Updated: Sep 11
Are you one of the countless individuals who have struggled with losing weight despite your best efforts?
Have diets and exercise routines left you feeling defeated and frustrated?
If so, you may be dealing with a hidden culprit in the battle of the bulge – insulin resistance.
In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of functional medicine to explore how understanding and addressing insulin resistance can be the key to finally shedding those unwanted pounds.
Understanding Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance is a metabolic condition that occurs when your cells become less responsive to insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels. When your cells don't respond well to insulin, your body compensates by producing more insulin, leading to higher levels in your bloodstream. This excess insulin can promote fat storage and make it extremely challenging to lose weight.
Functional Medicine Approach
Functional medicine takes a holistic approach to health and wellness, focusing on the root causes of chronic conditions rather than just managing symptoms. When it comes to weight loss and insulin resistance, functional medicine offers a comprehensive approach that can lead to long-lasting results.
Functional medicine recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition. As a functional medicine practitioner I assess your individual nutritional needs, taking into account factors such as your genetics, gut health, lifestyle factors, and food sensitivities. We can help you create a personalized diet plan that supports stable blood sugar levels and reduces insulin resistance.
The health of your gut plays a crucial role in insulin resistance and weight management. An imbalanced gut microbiome can contribute to inflammation and insulin resistance. Your gut microbiome plays a huge role in your metabolic health so making the necessary dietary changes, treating gut infections, and supporting with necessary supplements can positively impact your ability to lose weight.
Chronic stress can increase insulin resistance and promote weight gain. This is because when we are stressed cortisol increases in the body. Increased stress in the body leads to sugar spikes. This uphill battle on the body eventually leads to insulin resistance. Functional medicine practitioners emphasize stress reduction techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, mindfulness, etc. to help rebalance your hormonal systems and support your weight loss journey.
Exercise and Movement
Functional medicine doesn't just promote exercise for weight loss; it encourages the right kind of exercise tailored to your needs. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) and strength training can be particularly effective in improving insulin sensitivity. Any form of exercise helps to make the body more insulin sensitive and can help to lower our blood glucose levels in a 24 hour period.
In some cases, nutritional supplements may be recommended to address specific deficiencies or support metabolic processes. Using Applied Kinesiology, Dr. Julia is able to test supplements and figure out what your body needs. This provides a personalized approach to your care because not one person is the same. Just because one supplement works for someone does not mean it will work for you. Supplements that may be recommended are chromium, alpha-lipoic acid, cat's claw, inositol, omega-3s, resveratrol, and berberine. These have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.
Sleep is crucial for overall health and plays a significant role in regulating hormones related to weight and insulin resistance. Our body does the most healing while we sleep, so it is important to get our 8 hours of restful sleep. Functional medicine can address sleep disturbances you maybe having and provide strategies to improve your sleep quality. One simple way to start improving your sleep is to avoid blue-light exposure before bed and use EMF blockers on any technology that is near you while you sleep. (EMF blocker brand I recommend can be found on my Linktree page below).
Losing weight and managing insulin resistance can be a complex journey, but with the principles of functional medicine guiding your path, you can unlock the secrets to sustainable weight loss and improved health. By addressing the root causes of insulin resistance, customizing your nutrition, and adopting a holistic approach to wellness, you can overcome the challenges that have hindered your weight loss efforts in the past.
Remember that functional medicine is all about treating you as an individual, recognizing that your body is unique. Reach out to me if you need help with improving your overall health. We can assess your specific needs and create a personalized plan to help you achieve your weight loss goals while improving your overall health and well-being.