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How to become insulin sensitive after two months of chronic low carbing?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I need to switch back to high carb but still adhering to Paleo.

However, despite gradually increasing from 100g of carbs to 200-300 I still lack energy and mental acuity. Even after a day of eating white rice, potatoes and fruit, I feel worse. I know I have probably developed insulin resistance from low carbing, so how do I get insulin sensitive again? I have only increased my carbs in the past few days, but see no difference.

I can't stick to low or moderate carb because of the fatigue and my blood sugar dangerously dropping. I use to get such a boost after eating carbs.

Should I just continue feeding my body glucose and be patient? I am just stressing that this may be irreversible and I'm so frustrated with myself.

I would really appreciate advice.

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on July 15, 2013
at 10:09 PM

Well said Janknitz.

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on July 15, 2013
at 03:07 PM

I would agree with Kevin. People used to a state of HYPERglycemia often experience "false hypos" when they reduce carbs. The glucose meter will show if its a true hypo or not. It sounds like the OP is still having enough carbs to "ride the blood glucose roller coaster" of insulin resistance. And that feels awful. Best to choose either sticking with true low carb (no fruit) trying something like perfect health diet levels of starchy carbs to see if you feel better. And let the meter be your guide.

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on July 14, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Let's see, I gave you accurate information that contradicts your beliefs and that is labeled reluctant and unhelpful? Give me a break.

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on July 14, 2013
at 06:10 PM

Gotta love pin-point accurate self-diagnosis…

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on July 14, 2013
at 06:10 PM

Gotta love pin-point arrcurate self-diagnosis…

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on July 14, 2013
at 04:35 PM

Thank you. I do apologise, Dragonfly. I am just extremely frustrated and she has continued defending low carb and appeared reluctant and unhelpful more than anything. I just need advice from those who have experienced similar symptoms or are familiar wit my dilemma. The possibility of this being irreversible or induce future health problems is making me panic. I just wish my experience was smoother.

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on July 14, 2013
at 04:02 PM

Also, if you're not familiar with the way Paleohacks works, it's built on the Stackoverflow / Stackexchange model. We try to have a question asked once and collect all the best answers in one place. If you want to ask for more help with something, it's good to describe what you've tried since your last question and what's new about the current situation or problem. It's different from a discussion board.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 14, 2013
at 04:00 PM

Dragonfly did try to give you advice on your previous question. I personally would communicate with more politeness and compassion than she is, but it's not like she's just trolling.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 14, 2013
at 03:57 PM

A few days is not necessarily enough to adapt to this kind of change. Be patient. You haven't destroyed your body.

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on July 14, 2013
at 03:49 PM

I had unsatisfactory answers and your persistence is pretty irratating. I have unnecessarily developed health problems because of people like you advocating bullshit. Simply avoid my questions in the future, thank you.

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on July 14, 2013
at 02:51 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/202372/have-i-developed-insulin-resistance-after-two-months-of-low-carbing#axzz2Z1sfU9mM

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on July 14, 2013
at 02:40 PM

It's annoying to keep answering essentially the same question. Did you even read the rest of the comments on your previous question?

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D396b126240f584bc358e6e4fd84e9e3

on July 14, 2013
at 11:14 PM

I suspect there's more going on here than blood sugar dysregulation. Are you actually testing your postprandial glucose levels or just going by feeling?

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on July 15, 2013
at 03:07 PM

I would agree with Kevin. People used to a state of HYPERglycemia often experience "false hypos" when they reduce carbs. The glucose meter will show if its a true hypo or not. It sounds like the OP is still having enough carbs to "ride the blood glucose roller coaster" of insulin resistance. And that feels awful. Best to choose either sticking with true low carb (no fruit) trying something like perfect health diet levels of starchy carbs to see if you feel better. And let the meter be your guide.

D396b126240f584bc358e6e4fd84e9e3

(455)

on July 15, 2013
at 10:09 PM

Well said Janknitz.

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on July 14, 2013
at 11:01 PM

If you want to become more insulin sensitive and assuming an otherwise balanced diet then you need to exert high quality mechanical work with muscle.

I recommend either a Phil Campbell/ Sprint 8 approach or a Doug Mcguff/ Body by science approach. This likely isn't an overnight fix though, more like a couple months as you get into shape.

I also doubt that you had high mental clarity and energy before going low carb since, why would you go low carb if you were feeling great already? So don't take it personally when someone calls bs and gets on you for asking similar questions.

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