Hello, I'm a 21 year old female with severe insulin resistance. I'm a "healthy" weight (5'1 and 108 lbs) but I have PCOS and acne, hair loss, excess hair, etc. My endocrinologist said that insulin stimulates the ovaries to secrete testosterone. My testosterone levels are in the "normal" range but I guess my body is sensitive to even low levels because I have pimples and a mustache :( I was eating a lot of junk food and the only exercise i was getting was walking around the house (maybe 100 steps a day). I didn't think I needed to exercise because I didn't need to lose weight. I guess I was wrong about that! My blood sugars were normal but my insulin levels were very high (31 IU, normal range is 5-13 IU , if i remember correctly). I have recently started walking 5.5 km an hour (3.5 miles an hour) six days a week. I do this in the mornings before I have breakfast at 7 am. I notice that if I exercise after breakfast, I get very tired and sleepy and I have to take a nap during the day.
I'm new to paleo, I've cut white rice out of my diet completely (this was really hard to do, because I'm asian, and my family still eats white rice everyday). I eat about 75g carbs a day (whereas before I was eating 300+ grams of carbs, whole tubs of ice creams, bags of cookies, entire pizzas, huge bowls of rice, etc ). I have a major sweet tooth and I love fruits so I think its going to be impossible for me to get below 50 g a day but I'm trying
I have a few questions about exercise ... What is the best type of exercise? Walking, running, swimming, aerobics, weights,etc? When is the best time of day to exercise? Any other helpful tips (about hair loss especially !)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated... Thank you thank you thank you :)