Disclaimer: Weight loss for insulin resistance is a medical topic. If you are concerned about an important medical condition, please seek the advice from a medical professional.
This guide is intended to serve as a resource for you to improve your health and is not intended as a replacement for the advice of a doctor.
If you’ve been reading into insulin resistance and diabetes at all, you’ll probably have discovered that insulin resistance invariably leads to type 2 diabetes if not adequately treated with weight loss efforts.
The primary reason for this is weight gain – and weight loss is the most powerful thing you can do to avoid developing more serious conditions.
Today I am going to teach you why and how losing weight directly impacts insulin resistance, how it affects insulin sensitivity and how you can use it to eliminate your chances of developing type 2 diabetes down the road.
INSULIN RESISTANCE AND EXCESS WEIGHT: IT’S A PROBLEM THAT CAN BE TREATED
As stated above, insulin resistance is the predominant precursor to the development of type 2 diabetes aside from genetic predisposition.
Not only that, but it’s also the #1 thing we have control over when considering insulin resistance treatment options.
As we store more fat on our bodies, our bodies are essentially primed to continue to store more fat therefore compounding and snowballing the effects of insulin resistance.
Pro-Tip: Check out Dr. Eric Berg’s video on insulin resistance – I think you’ll find it very interesting and informative!
Luckily we can simply lose some weight to counteract that but this isn’t always the most straightforward thing for some people to accomplish.
Weight loss has traditionally been very confusing for people, and many I personally know have either given up on it or have taken longer to reach their weight loss goals than they should have taken.
As a matter of fact, since weight gain in the form of the over-consumption of calories directly predisposes one to the development of type 2 diabetes, we can safely say that weight loss directly reverses this effect.
SO WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT OR TREAT INSULIN RESISTANCE AND AVOID THE DEVELOPMENT OF TYPE 2 DIABETES?
The single most important determining factor in the prevention and treatment of insulin resistance and the future development of type 2 diabetes will be weight loss.
Losing excess weight from your body in the form of fat will enable your body to more readily use insulin – also known as insulin sensitivity – and will make it easier for you to not only lose weight but to keep it off as well.
This is a good thing!
I’m almost certain that’s what anyone would want to achieve. With that said, however, losing weight is no walk in the park if you’re unfamiliar with it and I would recommend checking out a couple of resources to get you started.
UNDERSTANDING HOW MANY CALORIES YOU’RE EATING
As you may realise, understanding how many calories you need to eat to lose weight will be the single most important thing for you to get started on your weight loss journey.
Everyone has a certain daily energy expenditure that they need to hit and this includes energy needed to simply sustain life plus any activity you may do throughout the day.
Obviously, consuming fewer calories than your body needs for this expenditure leads to weight loss – and consuming more naturally leads to weight gain.
Simply knowing how many calories you’re eating and notating it on a daily basis will give you a great head start in your weight loss efforts as most people aren’t even at this point yet.
USING OTHER TECHNIQUES TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR WEIGHT LOSS
Once you have an understanding of calories, how many are in each food you eat and how to keep track of it all you can implement strategies such as intermittent fasting to help make losing weight more enjoyable.
One of the primary reasons for that is so you can enjoy a more satisfying diet during your weight loss efforts making it far more likely for you to stick to your weight loss goal.
There are also numerous benefits to implementing intermittent fasting on a daily basis, but the most profound one in my experience is being able to eat big, fulfilling and satisfying meals everyday making it seem less like a diet!
Use fasting as a tool and technique in your arsenal to make weight loss as easy and enjoyable as possible for you – just understand that it’s not necessary in any way nor does fasting offer any additional medicinal benefits that marketing B.S. will have you believe.
Related: Simple ways to lose weight very fast
-Tip: Check out Gregory O’Gallagher’s awesome video on not making your calorie tracking too obsessive and to relax so you can actually enjoy the process.
WEIGHT LOSS AND WEIGHT CONTROL: THE ULTIMATE DIABETES PREVENTION YOU CAN DO TODAY
As I summarise everything I’ve talked to you about today the picture starts becoming clear.
If you are overweight, you are likely to experience insulin resistance and are therefore also likely to be on your way to type 2 diabetes.
But the good news is that’s it’s 100% preventable and treatable.
With the right guidance and information, losing weight will get you started on your journey to not only diabetes prevention, but to living a happier and more satisfying life altogether.
You’ll be way more likely to have healthy relationship with food if you learn the right way of not only losing weight in the short term but also making it part of your lifestyle.
Changing your whole lifestyle around is pretty much one of the only ways to instill permanent change in anything you want to achieve, and health and weight loss is no different.
Related post: Intermittent fasting and you. What you need to know
THERE’S A PLACE FOR EXERCISE/WORKING OUT AS WELL
Since this is a fitness and health blog, I like to at least touch upon the importance of exercise and working out as well when discussing various health concerns.
It is my opinion that improving your life and health revolves around improving all aspects of your body and working out serves that purpose really nicely.
Not only does working out provide you with mental clarity, enhanced cognition, improved memory, sex drive, mood and more, it also provides your body with a boosted metabolism to help you with your weight loss efforts.
You can accomplish this in various ways by either working out with weights, body weight training or just simply getting outside for a walk, hike or another form of movement.
My personal favorite way to exercise is by participating in a workout program I enjoy and the one I am currently doing is the ShredSmart program from ThinkEatLift for which we have a review here.
If you’re female, feel free to have a look at the Visual Impact for Women program by Rusty Moore.
Paid programs are just one way to get in shape though and oftentimes you might want something free.
In that case I’d recommend checking out the best beginner workout routine you can start right now.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU WITH WEIGHT LOSS, DIABETES PREVENTION AND INSULIN RESISTANCE TREATMENT
PhysiqueAuthority.com prides itself in its ability to offer you some amazing dieting, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle advice – however, we do not pretend to be medical experts nor do we suggest treatment options for serious medical conditions.
With that said, what we can do is offer you some excellent additional resources to consider when thinking of various treatment options for your health condition(s).
The American Diabetes Association will offer you all kinds of information regarding treatment, causes, suggestions, and tons of other resources to help you or a loved one cope with this.
Physique Authority’s method of weight loss is only one of many. Check out Health Line’s awesome article on how to lose weight and how fast you can expect to lose it.
If there is one thing certain about diabetes, it would be the ability for it to be treated by things you can begin doing today.
Learn all about the different methods you can use to prevent, treat and improve your diabetes through weight loss and other efforts.
CONCLUSION AND FINAL THOUGHTS
You don’t have to suffer from a reduced sensitivity to insulin forever. Use weight loss as a means of improving your insulin sensitivity and reap the rewards for the rest of your life.
Insulin resistance is the predominant precursor to the development of type 2 diabetes so therefore losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy weight is the first step to prevent diabetes type 2.
Weight loss does not have to be complicated or tricky, but you do need to have the right information to get going otherwise you might be spinning your wheels without getting anywhere.