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I Just Can’t Seem to Get this Weight Off My Waist. Why Not?

I Just Can’t Seem to Get this Weight Off My Waist. Why Not?

YOUR HORMONES MAY BE out of balance; specifically, you may be getting too much insulin. Eighty-million Americans suffer from a condition we call insulin resistance. It affects many varieties of people and is not exactly the same in everyone, but the ultimate consequences can be similar.

Most afflicted have extra fat around the middle (check your waist to hip ratio–a measurement around your belly button divided by the measurement around the hips–if it is greater than 0.8 you likely have insulin resistance). You may be tall or thin, short or fat or any combination and still have insulin resistance.

The only sure way to know is with an insulin response test (measuring blood sugar and insulin fasting and one and two hours after a 75-gram sugar drink).

For now I want to show you how you can reset your metabolism of sugar and insulin by stopping the things that knock you off balance, and providing the things that put you balance in balance allowing you to thrive.

Here is what to do:

  • Stop eating flour and sugar products, especially high fructose corn syrup.
  • Don’t have liquid calories–your body doesn’t feel full from them so you eat more all day!
  • Stop all processed, junk or packaged foods. If it doesn’t look like the food your great-great-great grandmother ate, then stay away.
  • Stop eating trans or hydrogenated fats.
  • Slow the rate of sugar uptake from the gut through balancing your meals (low glycemic load) with healthy protein (nuts, seeds, beans, small wild fish, organic chicken), healthy carbs (vegetables, fruit, beans, whole grains) and healthy fats (olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocadoes, fish oil)
  • Rough it up: eat plenty of soluble fiber (30-50 grams a day)
  • Eat smaller more frequent meals

Read more on hormone imbalance–and how to correct the problem–in step 3 of my UltraWellness series: Hormones & Neurotransmitters.

Mark Hyman MD is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author.

Comments (6)

  • Hello Dr. Hyman,

    I downloaded the sample for your Ultrawellness book on Amazon because of the many good reviews it has and because quite frankly I am fed up with having a weight problem. I have struggled with being overweight since I was 10 years old, I am now 35 and have fluctuated with & without 20 pounds since then. I developed pre-diabetes during my first pregnancy three years ago but it was not confirmed that I did have Insuline Resistance until Feb 2011. I take 850mg Metformin at night, I’ve tried dieting with three nutritionists and recently was able to join a gym and excercise 90 minutes 4 times a week. I am 154 lbs, 5.1 ft tall and I need to weigh at least 130 in order to be able to get pregnant again so I need to lose 24 pounds at least.
    Whoever is out there would you please let me know if it is worth trying it even if I have pre-diabetes? It looks promising and I am liking it but, I am not sure if I can do this with my condition.

    Thanks in advance for your time, oh, and PLEASE DO NOT give me the copy-paste auto reply text, I live in Mexico City and I am NOT calling to make an appointment with Dr. Hyman. I cannot afford the trip.

    • Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions regarding medical conditions cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  • Hi, i live in europe and have some unresolved health issues over the last 2 years. I read that there are other thyroid lab standards in the usa than europe. I have a TSH of 3.3 . My doctors say there is no problem there, as up to 4.4 is healthy according to their standards. Although I read that starting from 2.5 there might be a problem according to Usa standards. What does dr Hyman think of this? My endo does not believe this and no answer is found for my problems although my symptons point in that direction. Is 3.3 okay?

    • Hi Donna,
      Feel free to substitute coconut, almond or hemp milk and coconut yogurt for the soy foods. Be sure to choose unsweetened versions of the milks.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff