By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
A lot of people come to our clinic seeking help for weight loss. The majority of them are suffering with poor health, poor sleep and significant fatigue. This can make losing weight a real challenge. I always try to help my patients feel better first. Then they are in a better position to lose weight effectively.
Cassandra is a 35 year old lady who came to see me for help with weight loss. She was carrying 30 excess kilos and had been trying to lose it for the last 4 years. Cassandra did her best to stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan but she never lasted very long because she felt so exhausted all the time.
Cassandra didn’t sleep well. Her sleep was light and broken and she woke feeling terrible. Her energy level picked up during the day and the afternoons were her best time. Cassandra’s doctor had diagnosed her with polycystic ovarian syndrome and insulin resistance when she was 29. Cassandra’s mother and her sister both have type 2 diabetes. When her doctor performed a blood test, he found high levels of insulin in her blood. That means Cassandra has insulin resistance (also known as syndrome X or pre-diabetes). There is a lot of information about insulin resistance in the book I Can’t Lose Weight and I Don’t Know Why.
People with insulin resistance usually feel very hungry most of the time, and they often experience strong cravings for sugar and carbohydrate rich foods. Cassandra told me she never feels satisfied after eating. She said “I could eat all day and in fact some weekends that’s what I end up doing, but then I feel so terrible and almost have a panic attack thinking about how much weight I’m going to gain”.
I wanted to improve Cassandra’s health and energy level; help her to sleep better and reduce the strong cravings. That would make losing weight so much easier.