Insulin Resistance Diet

(243 Posts)
ElbowPrincess Sat 19-Oct-13 10:24:33

Is there anyone else doing this? I didnt know where to put this thread, as even though its lower carb, its not ketogenic. Hope it's ok to have here! Ive tried really low carb (less than 30g a day) and I just couldnt sustain it sad even though I love all the science behind it. So I am giving this a go instead.

Here's the book

Basically, its a diet for those who have insulin resistance. If you can answer yes to 3 or more of the following, you probably have it ....

If you are in the obese BMI catagory or above
If you store weigth mainly around the tummy area
You have PCOS
Your tummy measures 35 inches or more (40 inches for men)
Depression
Hypoglycemia
Brain fog
Skin tags in the neck area, underarms & chest
Dark skin patches in the arm pits, between thighs, neck etc
Carb, especially sugar, cravings
Sleepiness after a meal
Poor sleep at night

So, how the diet works - you balance your carbs with protein. No more than 30g of carbs per meal (15g for snacks) paired with at LEAST 15g of protein. You can eat as much protein as you like though, thats just the minimum to balance the carbs. 3 meals a day, 2 snacks (plus extra veg/proetin snacks whenever, if you are hungry). Carbs must be 2 hours apart. A typical day would probably look like this ...

Breakfast - 30g Carbs, 15g (or more) protein, as much veg as you like.

Snack - 15g carbs, 7g protein, as much veg as you like.

Lunch - 30 g C, 15g P, veg

Snack - 15g C, 7g P, veg

Dinner - 30g C, 15g P, unlimited veg.

So a max of 120g of carbs in any day, spaced 2 hours apart.

Now, this is where it differs from the usual low carb diet .... dairy, pulses, legumes and nuts count as protein not carbs. So a glass of milk will balance out a slice of wholegrain toast. Beans (no added sugar) would balance out a small baked potato. Fruit are carbs (apart from apples, pears, cherries, grapefruit, those ase classed as already balanced), potato & corn are carbs plus all your pasta, rice, bread etc.

Still with me? grin Ive no idea if this diet will work, this thread is just to document my progress and see what happens. Would love others to join in too!

GERTI Thu 26-Mar-15 17:02:37

OK thanks. I'm finding it so difficult get my head round treating certain things as not being carbs! Think I need to do a bit more reading then write a meal plan - I should know really that trying to do it on the hoof will never end well grin

assuming it didn't contain potatoes or pasta.

should have also added, or rice

GERTI, pulses, or legumes if we want to be American grin, don't count as carbs on this WOE. So your soup doesn't count, assuming it didn't contain potatoes or pasta.

If you have at least15g of protein in your meal, you can have 30g of COUNTABLE carbs plus unilimited of the ones that aren't counted.
So, I'd check that the soup contains at least 15g of protein. If it does, throw away a tiny bit of the bread roll. Then scoff.

If the serving of soup that you'll be eating contains less than 15g of protein (must be more than 7g per serving if you're eating carbs) then the carbs allowed in the bread roll are less, 15g, so you'd have to just have half of it. Or you could have some additional protein to increase your protein count.

This plan is actually very easy, although it sounds complicated at first. It's especially difficult to grasp initially if you've done LC diets in the past. That's because not all carbs count like they do on LC, it's just about balancing certain carbs with protein.

The initial post on the thread explains it well, but I'll try to add more information later today when I'm not at work I've got a bit more time to clarify a few things.

GERTI Thu 26-Mar-15 14:04:01

It was a lentil dhal soup but I'm not sure how to count the protein for this WOE, as presumably the protein listed in the nutrition panel won't be accurate for this?

I need to move away from the bread rolls anyway as the carb count in them is 37! shock

I can't believe I've been away from the thread for so many months!
Not much to update, weight is stable, eating is stable, health is vastly improved.

Gerti, I'm not sure I understand your dilemma with your soup. Does your soup contain enough protein to balance one slice of bread or a small roll? Or is it potato soup or minestrone (pasta) ? Non starchy veg isn't counted on this plan, so if it doesn't contain potato/pasta/rice the carb content doesn't count towards your carb allowance for your meal. But you definitely need protein to balance if you're having bread. Does that make sense? It doesn't sound very clear when I read back!

Eva50 Wed 25-Mar-15 22:26:49

GERTI this was on another thread. I haven't tried it yet but it looks good. I normally have a couple of oatcakes.

www.thelondoner.me/2014/03/mums-low-carb-bread.html

Welliesandwings Tue 24-Mar-15 12:21:10

I've lost 18lb since January doing a combination of Cambridge and low carb. The problem is I have seriously fallen out of love with Cambridge so need some structure for low carbing. I came across this thread and having had gest diabetes in my last pregnancy I've downloaded the book. I've still got my glucose monitor from pregnancy so will get some new test strips and keep an eye on my blood sugars out of interest. I have a total of 5 stone 3lbs to lose in total. Hopefully we can support each other through this. Herdy's post is really inspirational and I would be more than happy with results like that.

GERTI Mon 23-Mar-15 16:13:02

Need an alternative to a bread roll - I usually have soup and a wholemeal roll for lunch at work. The soup works fine and is a fresh one, but the bread buggers my carb count for that meal - although not for the whole day.

What can I have instead that could work? Crackers don't seem very soup friendly if that makes sense?!

Eva50 Thu 19-Mar-15 22:45:03

I've lost 8lbs since 10th Feb, 1st 8lb altogether. It seems quite slow but a haven't been hungry at all.

GERTI Thu 19-Mar-15 19:50:44

Watching with interest -

I have PCOS, carry my weight on my tummy and find losing weight so difficult. Low carb works but the cravings and detox symptoms are so horrendous that I find it difficult to stick to for any period of time.

Eva50 Thu 12-Feb-15 14:10:37

I bought the book and had a go at this last year but fell by the wayside. I have decided to have another go! I started on Tuesday and feel as if it's going ok. Last weeks shop didn't take into account this WOE so I'm running out of suitable food until my shopping comes tonight but should be fine then. I would like to lose 5 stone but just feeling better would be a good start.

Whoopsydo Thu 15-Jan-15 13:01:36

Hi ladies are any of you still doing this? I'm not over weight however have pcos and I'm pretty sure insulin resistance to some degree( hypo type symptoms, dark skin under arms and massive sugar cravings). I have a toddler and so eating is often on the go and not well thought out. I've been eating really badly recently and as a result feeling tired and sluggish all the time so it's time to sort myself out! I've just ordered the book and looking forward to trying it! Would be good to hear how you've all been getting on!

ColdFeetWarmHeart Fri 21-Nov-14 23:10:53

Thanks to everyone that has posted on this thread, especially Herdy that has popped back a couple of times to give some long term updates.

I am very much interested in this WOE. I have been feeling ill for quite some time (rundown - weakened immune system etc). Earlier this week I decided to try and cut down on sugar, as I read that it can inhibit your immune system, meaning it takes you longer to get over colds etc. Even after one day of reducing my sugar intake (mainly by cutting our sugary beverages such as hot chocolate) I felt much better. Now I just need to reduce my sugar intake long-term, and re-train my brain (I have been living on sugar / carbs).

Going to order the book / do so more online research and start planning some meals! I have had more than 300g of carbs today alone - it can't be doing me any good at all!!

BTW - I have PCOS with suspected insulin resistance (I have done my own tests at home, but GP's wouldn't test me except for basic fasting blood sugars) and I have a few more of the symptoms listed on OP's opening thread. From all that I have read so far, I should be eating low GI or low carb etc.

Not sure if anyone is still interested in this thread, but I thought I'd give another update as it's been quite some time, and I've now been following this eating plan for 11 months.

I'm having no issues at all with binge eating. I can't remember when I last binged, but it was many months ago.
Very rarely, I get the urge to binge but the urge passes within about 5 seconds. It's a bit like my desire to smoke raises its head every so often. I gave up smoking 10 years ago and every so often I still get the urge for a cigarette, but it's fleeting. Same with the desire to binge.
I think the reason this helped me was that I tried to NOT focus on weight loss as my main goal this time. I focused as much as I could on improving my health, with weight loss being a welcome 'side effect'.

On the subject of weight, I'm at my goal weight. I eat pretty much whatever I want to, just keeping in mind portion sizes when I'm eating simple carbs. I've followed the plan when eating out, on holiday, even on two cruises, a work trip to Italy etc. I can follow it for the rest of my life.

Other benefits are much more even moods, seriously reduced menopause symptoms, loads of energy. My skin is clearer and even the wrinkles seem to have reduced a bit - I think sugar was wreaking havoc with my skin fo ryears.
My bloods are normal. I now have normal BP and have come off my medication.

Best of luck to anyone who decides to give this a try, especially those with insulin resistance.

Cocoaone Wed 18-Jun-14 15:32:41

I'm still keen to do this properly - but as usual, struggle with planning my meals!
I work full time and have a 4 year old, so quick and easy is the order of the day. I've been eating those 9 seed bar things for breakfast, and trying to snack on fruit with nuts, but I've not quite cracked main meals yet. Doesn't help that I'm not a big meat eater, so carbs are my go-to choice.

I definitely don't feel as hungry and 'out of control' when I've eaten a balanced meal though.

miffy49 Tue 17-Jun-14 18:45:31

Yes, me too. Theres only been low carb that has brought my BG down. I do light weights too. Can't go too mad on the exercise front as I have FMS.

I assume its the more complex carbs that they favour? I'm not sure how I would really increase my carbs much as I don't much like the gluten free carbs and the ingredients always read like a chemical formula! I'm trying carb re-feeding once a week at the moment to break a stall but I struggle to find something I like to add back. I cant eat potatoes due to my arthritis so they are out too. Might invest in the full book after pay day!

Thank you miffy. Actually with regard to the balancing, I just eyeball my carb portions and make sure I'm eating an appropriate amount of protein in a similar way. If I'd had to weigh and measure everything I'd have gone mad and surely failed on it! Because the book's written by American authors a lot of the carb serving sizes are measured in cups. I used them at first for the carbs, but after a week or two I knew what a 30g amount of rice or pasta etc looked like.

I should also have added in my post that I did have issues with Insulin Resistance when I started this. It may not work as well for someone who doesn't.

miffy49 Tue 17-Jun-14 15:41:59

You've done really well!

I keep coming back to this thread as I downloaded a sample of this book but it sounded fiddly to manage with all the balancing. You seem to be achieving it. I'd be interested to hear if theres any of the others doing it and how they are coping.

I thought I'd pop back in and update, for anyone who may be interested.

It's now been 7.5 months since I started this. I'm still following it, feel fantastic and hardly recognise myself from a year ago. I've got tons of energy, sleeping really well, no real peri menopause symptoms to speak of, no mood swings, no cravings. I had my bloods done again at the beginning of June and my GP is very pleased, all was absolutely normal including cholesterol and no pre-diabetes evident now. I've lost 50 pounds.

I have a history of disordered eating, and when I started this I was having therapy to help with it, but I also needed to lose a lot of weight as my weight was negatively impacting on my health.
so how I had to approach this was not by framing it as a diet,but by focusing on the other health benefits it would bring, pretty much ignoring weight loss. So I focused on how much more energetic I feel, how much better I feel emotionally etc, rather than the number on the scale This wouldn't have worked for me if I'd thought of it as a diet.

I eat whatever I want, I just make sure to eat protein with carbs and balance the carbs. So, clearly there is some restriction in that I can't eat as many carbs as I used to want to - but I feel tons better for reducing the amounts I'm consuming. I eat normal food, nothing is forbidden, and a biggie for me personally is that eating out is easy on this plan too. I've travelled on holiday and business and been able to follow it without any problems, so for me it really does work.

Cocoaone Thu 05-Jun-14 20:22:07

Can I join you all?

I bought a blood glucose monitor a couple of months back as I was having blood sugar issues (cravings, very low hypo type symptoms). My level upon waking was around 5.4, which was a lot higher than when I had monitored about 5 years previously (recurrent thrush) - my level had been about 3.4!

I stopped monitoring it for a while. Started again a week ago and my morning fasting level is now between 6.2 and 6.7. I need to nip this in the bud! I'm 30, a few pounds overweight, about 11st 1 at 5'5". I'd love to be back under 10 stone, and stop worrying about getting diabetes. I've also got high cholesterol (about 7.3) which runs in the family, so I'm wary of eating too much fat.

Off to buy the book (apologies for the essay!)

ghosthunter Tue 27-May-14 22:41:24

Thanks EvertthingIsAwesome. I will give your list a try.

EverythingIsAwesome Tue 27-May-14 17:41:19

I can share what I have eaten today, if that is any help?

Breakfast - toast x 2 slices (hovis seeded, 13g carb per slice) with 2 eggs scrambled

Snack - babybel cheese, 9Bar (balanced seed bars, delicious!)

Lunch - small jacket potato, tuna mayo, salad

Snack - ham slices

Dinner - Breaded fish (19g carbs) veg, 2 small new potatoes (13g carbs)

Snack will be 3 crispbreads (9g carbs) & pate

ghosthunter Tue 27-May-14 09:33:21

Hi ladies. I have been reading this thread on and off for some time now and have finally got round to buying the book. Not sure if I am getting thick in my old age but i can understand the principle of linking, but am struggling to put it into practice in as much as meals and what to eat.

I really want to get into this way of eating as i recognise so many symptoms, but just cannot get my head around it. Any advice or meal ideas would be very greatly appreciated.

EverythingIsAwesome Sun 25-May-14 19:26:46

Day 3, dropped a couple of pounds already and feeling great, mood lifting, energy levels rising.

EverythingIsAwesome Thu 22-May-14 17:28:07

Time I got back into this, my health is terrible just now sad

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