Can you help me with a weight problem? I’ve used your book EATING LESS for some time and already succeeded with impressive (to me!) changes in what I’m eating, including cutting out sweet things after my evening meal and cutting way down on snacks. I know you like us to focus on things other than weight loss to motivate ourselves, but I do need to lose weight and this simply hasn’t happened. What am I doing wrong? I don’t really see how I can eat any less than I am doing already.
The good part is that you know you’ve got an effective method to take control of overeating. The next step is to explore how to define ‘overeating’. This could be tough, because the answer will vary somewhat from person to person, and because there’s still controversy about this is the field of nutrition.
I suggest you consider the problem of insulin resistance, which is likely to be happening to some degree. It’s well established in research that insulin resistance makes it difficult to lose weight, as well as leading to fatigue and excess hunger, which you might also be experiencing.
The primary role of insulin is to help your body to deal with the carbohydrates you eat. When carbohydrates have been digested and arrive in your blood stream, they’re in the form of glucose. When glucose is present in the blood stream, insulin is released to take that glucose through the cell walls to be used by the cell to produce energy.
This bit is important: glucose cannot be taken into the cells without insulin present.
When you’ve become insulin resistant, your cells don’t accept the insulin any more and so the glucose cannot enter the cells. Then, there’s too much glucose in the blood stream and not enough in the cells where it’s needed.
Insulin resistance develops largely through overuse. Just like a friend who visits too often, after a while (maybe years!) all you can say is, “THAT’S ENOUGH!” Stress and chronic lack of adequate sleep are contributing factors.