Our next success story is about Marietta’s lifestyle change. The aim of this interview was to help and motivate others, who want to change their lifestyle. And to show that anyone can do it! Read it carefully because her change is almost unbelievable.
“My lifestyle change started with shocking news… it turned out that I had insulin resistance plus PCOS…. these health issues required immediate action. These encouraged me to change my lifestyle. So I started to eat more healthy and exercise regularly. I managed to get rid of 30 kg (66 lb) in 7 month, which was a huge success for me.
My favourite snack was low-carb cocoa roll:
I often made cocoa rolls myself, as well as scones and flatbread by using these types of flour mixes:
And when I needed something to satisfy my sweet tooth, I made pancakes with paleo strawberry and apricot jams:
What is insulin resistance (IR)?
Insulin resistance (IR) is considered as a pathological condition. Cells fail to respond normally to the hormone insulin. In order to prevent hyperglycemia and noticeable organ damage over time, the body produces insulin, when glucose starts to be released into the bloodstream. Primarily from the digestion of carbohydrates in the diet.
A habitually high intake of carbohydrates, and particularly fructose, e.g. with sweetened beverages, contributes to insulin resistance. This has been linked to weight gain and obesity.
What is PCOS?
As you may know, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a set of symptoms due to elevated male hormones in females. On the one hand, signs and symptoms of PCOS include irregular or no menstrual periods, excess body hair, acne, and patches of thick, darker skin. So, associated conditions include type 2 diabetes, obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, mood disorders, and endometrial cancer. PCOS has no cure. Treatment may involve lifestyle changes. For instance, weight loss and exercise.
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