Can you reverse insulin resistance? That’s the million dollar question and the first thing I researched after (eventually) accepting the fact that I had the condition.
There’s a lot of information on the internet, albeit repetitive and some it even evangelical in nature. A lot of it reads like a “buy this miracle diet book” or “get rich quick scam” but what about experiential evidence?
My specialist advised that it is possible to reverse insulin resistance and it could take 6 months of very hard work (ie strict diet and exercise). However, if I were to succeed, I will always have a genetic disposition for diabetes and it can return later in life. While this may not sound very positive, it is worth every effort.
Aside from the obvious benefits of reversing insulin resistance, the body will be able to metabolise glucose more efficiently. This means that I can have the odd meal of linguine carbonara, seafood paella, Vietnamese Pho and baked potatoes, heck, even a small pizza and it won’t cause me to gasp in horror the next time I step on the bathroom scales or squeeze into my jeans.
Back to the question at hand. In all my research to date, I am yet to find someone who has successfully reversed insulin resistance and shared their story online. And no, I do not count editorials where someone has starved themselves for a few weeks just to prove a point. I am after long term evidence from the average person like me.
As I’m writing this post, I am 10 weeks into my IR diet so it’s still early days. So far, I have lost nearly 7 kg and 13 cm off the waist. I have been diligent with the diet with minor strays but not as diligent with exercise.
I will update this post with my progress as it happens. In the meantime, I am interested in hearing from anyone who has successfully reversed insulin resistance and what has worked for them. Please feel free to share your story in the comments.