My mother is on the heavy side but not morbidly obese. She probably needs to loose 30 or 40 pounds. She recently went to the doctor and they did a bunch of tests. She is pre-diabetic, apparently has a "relatively fast" metabolism (they did a test and told her that her metabolism was good??, and needs to loose some weight. She can't find her blood test results so I'm in the dark on her levels. Her blood sugar levels are apparently all over the place. I'm assuming that she has metabolic syndrome. She had breast cancer about 15 years ago and had a mastectomy with full reconstruction and chemo. About 8 years ago she had success with Atkins but didn't stick with it for more than 4 or 5 months. Also, she doesn't exercise and we can't seem to get her to start.
Here is what she typically eats:
Breakfast: 2 egg whites with 1 yolk, scrambled or fried in butter 1/2 a whole wheat english muffin with a little butter and jelly very small glass of orange juice.
Lunch: leftovers from dinner- usually meat and veggies. She usually steams vegetables and adds butter and spices to make them taste better. She probably has a small square of dove dark chocolate with lunch or dinner. I think sometimes she gets a chicken salad sandwhich on whole wheat from a nearby restaurant.
Dinner- Some sort of meat- usually chicken, shrimp, salmon, steak or pork loin once in a while, never fried always grilled or baked. sometimes meatloaf, with vegetables (broccoli, carrots, rarely corn) and sometimes a small baked potato. also a small glass of red or white wine probably 3 to 4 times a week.
She has low level gastritis so she cut way down on the orange juice in the morning and no longer drinks coffee. She doesn't drink soda, she cooks with butter or olive oil. About once every few weeks she'll bake chocolate chip cookies and probably eat 5 or 6 over the course of a day or two.
Her doctor sent her to this place. What are they telling her? To "eat whole grains, throw away yolks from eggs, focus on reducing fats, and count calories." They told her that her portions are too big. I've seen how much she eats. Her portions are on the small side of normal.
I'm seriously going to SCREAM I'm so furious. She's already eating the way they want her to, with the exception of lowering her caloric intake and dropping the tablespoon of jelly in the morning. How could their suggestions make a difference? Would lowering calories do anything for her insulin resistance?
I need help explaining to her and to my dad the flaws in these suggestions and why VLC would heal the root of the problem. Today my dad asked me "well, if your body has to convert everything to glucose to use it as energy, what does it matter whether you eat fat or carbs?" I understand a little bit about leptin resistance and insulin resistance but its all kinda muddled and I need to be able to explain it in an easy to understand way.
My plan thus far:
I'm headed out to Barnes and Noble to buy Good Calories Bad Calories.
I think the only way to heal her deranged metabolism is to go VLC for a while and slowly introduce carbs back into her diet to find a maintenance level.
UPDATE- I got my hands on her test results:
cholesterol total: 180 hdl: 56 Trigs: 99
Hemoglobin a1c 6.3
Vitamin d: 26.6