In 2008, I quit eating added sugar and doing traditional cardio exercise. this change led to the insulin sensitivity that is the key to my permanent recovery from obesity.
Catherine Gordon Training is quite simply a way to eat and train for insulin sensitivity.
Insulin sensitivity refers to the body’s ability to respond to and use the hormone insulin effectively. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body. When the body is insulin sensitive, it is able to use insulin efficiently, which can have a number of benefits for overall health. Some of the benefits of insulin sensitivity include:
- Better blood sugar control: When the body is insulin sensitive, it is better able to regulate blood sugar levels, which can help prevent or manage conditions such as diabetes.
- Weight loss: Insulin sensitivity can help promote weight loss by improving the body’s ability to use glucose for energy, rather than storing it as fat.
- Improved cardiovascular health: Insulin resistance is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. By improving insulin sensitivity, you may be able to lower your risk of heart disease.
- Increased energy levels: When the body is able to use insulin effectively, it can more efficiently use glucose for energy, which can lead to increased energy levels.
- Improved brain function: Insulin plays a role in brain function, and improving insulin sensitivity may improve cognitive function and memory.
- Reduced inflammation: Insulin resistance is associated with increased inflammation in the body. By improving insulin sensitivity, you may be able to reduce inflammation and lower your risk of certain chronic diseases.
When someone is insulin sensitive, their cells are able to respond to insulin effectively and take up glucose from the bloodstream efficiently, which can be beneficial for athletic performance.
During exercise, the body needs a source of energy to fuel muscle contractions. Glucose is one of the primary sources of energy used by the body during exercise, and insulin helps to facilitate the uptake of glucose into muscle cells. Therefore, having good insulin sensitivity can help to support athletic performance by ensuring that the muscles have a steady supply of energy.
In addition, insulin sensitivity may also be important for recovery after exercise. After a workout, the body needs to replace glycogen (a form of stored glucose) that has been used up during exercise. Insulin sensitivity can help facilitate the uptake of glucose from the bloodstream into muscle cells, which can support the replenishment of glycogen stores and help the muscles recover more quickly.
Overall, good insulin sensitivity can be beneficial for athletic performance by supporting the body’s ability to use glucose as an energy source during exercise and facilitating the recovery process after exercise.
When I developed pre-diabetes in my 40s, I started testing my morning blood sugar regularly. By keeping my daily carbohydrate consumption below 20 grams, and by lifting weights three times per week, I am able to keep my blood glucose in an ideal range even after menopause.
For 2023, this blog will be focusing on the insulin sensitivity that makes ideal glucose levels possible, and on the well being that can enhance every aspect of your life.
Let it begin!
All the best,