Insulin resistance is one step prior to pre-diabetes-- my AC1 score was 5.5 which is very high considering how much I workout and how low my carb intake is on average. I've known for years that in order to keep from gaining weight or to stay lean I have to keep my carbs very low. LOWER than most people...my body's cells just don't absorb glucose like they should.
insulin resistance causes a lot of CARB BINGES, LOW ENERGY moments, fatigue and also can elevate your Stress hormones- It's also a leading cause in PCOS- which shows up in not fun ways-- irregular cycles, cysts, infertility, manly attributes, acne, belly fat, hair growth, hair loss, etc... my testosterone and dhea were also showing higher than average-- which is an indicator I am on the verge of PCOS disease. All of which can be reversed if I can keep my insulin resistance in check.
I'm not sure how low I need to go on the carbs-- I need to do an induction phase of atkins (trying to keep carbs under 20 grams/day) for 2 weeks to get my body to burn fat again. Once there I'll add in more carbs and see-- typically no more carbs can come into my body than I burn off in my workout-- so if I workout enough I can get away with some more carbs. I am so active already and workout a lot already that the change needs to come more from my diet.
Sqauts, Deads, leg extensions, forward lunges, knee ups, hip rotations, ab wheel
Workout clothes coutesy of Green Apple-- check them out here- http://www.greenappleactive.com/
Have a good one~! Michelle