I have read Mark's essay on insulin with interest and wish to ask him/others a question. Is there any hope left for me?
I am a menopausal female of 51 and 5ft 3 and weigh 365 pounds, BMI 64. I am extremely carb sensitive and most of my life have been sugar addicted. Even eating fruit sets off horrendous carb cravings which always lead to me eating chocolate.
I've been trying to lose weight on and off for 33 years, the past 9 years on various regimes (calorie counting, vegetarianism, listening to my body, exercise, and low fat. Found low carbing about 9 yrs ago and have done various like whole, organic foods, south beach, Atkins, etc. I've gained about 70lb trying to lowcarb.
5 weeks ago I gave up ALL sugar, grains, fruit, artificial sweeteners, diet sodas and went onto zero carb consisting mainly of meat (small amount of eggs, cheese, cream) and water. Appetite greatly reduced, VERY easy to keep to. Two meals a day, and fasting for 9 to 18 hours in between, I feel great and it has cleared up many health problems, from sleep apnoea to carpal tunnel. I was for 20 years a reactive hypoglycaemic but a meat diet has cured that. My fasting BS last week was 4.9 which is perfect.
My only problem is this: I have lost neither a pound in weight OR any inches. I take no meds and am in good health apart from the morbid obesity that my doc says will soon kill me. I do not know if I am insulin resistant or what on earth label anyone can put on me, my doc just parrots on and on that I am just lazy and greedy basically.
Although a sportswoman in my younger days (tennis, badminton, cycling) I am because of my horrific weight lately completely sedentary 23 hours a day and the only exercise I can do without pain is in the pool so I go for one hour every other day and do kicking, swimming, pilates, stretching, cycling etc. I also just started lifting 3kg weights at my desk. Swimming does NOT increase my appetite, in fact it seems to decrease it somewhat. I don't swim to lose weight but to keep fit.
For 4 weeks I was zero carb. On Fitday 75% fat, 24% protein and 1% carb (from cream).
The last 7 days I have included some carbs in my diet in the form of mushrooms, hummus, lettuce, broccoli and French beans. Now I am at 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs.
I take no caffeine, drugs, alcohol, tobacco. I drink about 4 pts of water a day mostly with a herbal tea bag in it (fruit flavour).
1) Is my metabolism SO messed up that I will never lose weight?
2) Am I merely impatient and must give zero carb/ vvv lc more time?
3) Am I doing anything wrong?
4) Charles Washington insists that exercise will stop me losing weight, or make me gain. He wrote me an explanation of why, can provide if needed.