Our expert says:
I am sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with insulin resistance. However if you follow the instructions provided by your friend the dietitian which all happen to be correct in regard to low-GI eating, and start doing some form of regular aerobic exercise like brisk walking every day for 30 min, you will probably be able to improve your insulin resistance dramatically. I think you have misconceptions about the treatment of insulin resistance (IR). It is not necessary to reduce your energy intake down to a level where you will faint with hunger, it is not necessary to cut out all carbohydrates (i.e. starchy vegetables, sugars and starches, cereals and grains) and eat only high-fat protein foods to control your IR - no Atkins diet, no gorging of proteins and fat. You will achieve your goals by eating a balanced low-fat, low-GI diet that contains low-GI carbohydrates, lean protein and small amounts of healthy fats. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. You can visit the Website of the Glycemic Index Foundation of SA at: www.gifoundation.com to obtain more information, including books that explain the principles of the diet.
Your dietitian friend was giving you good advice.
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