Sat transformed his life, health and body during our transformation. This is what he looks like today!
Not only did Sat have a lot more energy, confidence and an incredible lean body… but he also dramatically improved his health.
Regardless of a clients age, I look to improve health as a priority!
In my experience a client will rarely come to me with a focus primarily on improving gut health, restoring positive ranges for blood glucose control or reducing blood pressure. Many people are not sure what these markers show or the ranges to be aware of!
So, in my role as a Coach, I make assessing health markers and understanding the readings a priority!
In Sats case he was regularly waking up with blood glucose readings in the range of 6.4 and 7.1 which caused alarm as this is often a sign or Type 2 diabetes.
*** Type 2 diabetes is characterised by the body being unable to metabolise glucose (a simple sugar). This leads to high levels of blood glucose which over time may damage the organs of the body. *** (Diabetes.co.uk)
So what did we do?
With a young child in the house, sleep is always going to be difficult. So we developed a sleeping routine to aid his ability to improve the short windows of sleep he did get. This played a role in reducing stress and enhancing recovery! You can track your sleep quality using a Polar Heart Rate monitor and the ‘Sleep Rate’ app on your phone. This will give you an accurate reading on the quality of sleep you attain and a report every morning to evaluate! This is an article within itself, and you can be sure I will be discussing this in more detail in an upcoming blog!
Stress plays a role in increasing blood sugar levels. When you are stressed a hormone called cortisol is released, which spikes blood sugar levels for quick bursts of energy (imagine a lion wandered into your garden while you were lounging around, enjoying a beer… you may need a jolt to get you up and running! When cortisol is elevated chronically there can be disruptions to your bodies ability to utilise carbohydrates which can negatively impact your body shape and training goal!
Stress was also increased because of Sat’s previously demanding training routine. Hitting the gym 7 days a week and not allowing his body to recover through correct recovery days or nutrition, was having a negative impact on his ability to improve his body composition and health.
Supporting Sat’s gut health was paramount to his ability to improve his immune system, assimilation of the foods he consumed and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Many recent studies have pointed to the relationship between impaired gut health and increased cases of type 2 diabetes. While it is not the most common cause on the outset, it is certainly a contributing factor and was evident in the consistency of bowel movements we documented, complaints of bloating and the results of his Medichecks blood test which highlighted a need for support around digestion!
What measures did we take?
I look forward to sharing with you the specific measures we took in my Lean Indian Academy Launching June, for more information send me a contact form with the work ACADEMY (click here)!
Where is Sat now?
Sat has gone from a low carbohydrate diet, training 7 times a week and struggling to see results, to now tripling his carbohydrate intake, training 4 days a week with vastly improved sleep, reduced sleep and a lean body he can be proud of!