Rather than a tip, this week I would like to share a success story. Several weeks ago Sally took on a new personal training client, Ben, who has been a Type 1 Diabetic most of his life. Since he does not produce insulin on his own, he relies on an insulin pump (insulin is a hormone released in response to increased blood sugar concentration that signals cells to take up sugar from the blood, thus lowering blood sugar levels). As we do with all of our clients, Sally spoke to Ben about his nutrition, and gave him nutritional advice of, among other things, reducing carbohydrate intake. Upon Sally’s direction, Ben cut his carbohydrate intake, specifically eliminating most bread, rice, and potatoes. As a result of this dietary modification, Ben’s need for insulin has been cut in half!!!! This is great news not only because Ben is Type 1 Diabetic, but also because it is very difficult to lose body fat in the presence of insulin, as insulin is a ‘storage’ hormone. When insulin levels are lowered, our bodies favor mobilization of fuel rather than storage of fuel (storage = weight gain; mobilization = weight loss.) So congratulations Ben! It makes us extremely happy to hear a success story such as this; it is why we do what we do!!