Thanks guys. Think I will give it a whirl and see is it helps. Constipation has long been an issue for me, so perhaps this will give some benefits.
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It will Definitely help with that,
This is very interesting. I found the posts about inulin helpful but have not located any sources of inulin powder in Australia. A CNC where I worked on my health team had read that ridiculously high levels of dietary fibre (40+ gms) can help with BSLs. I found levels over 30 gms hard to handle even though I am a slow eater. I see BSDers who have a problem start with a teaspoon and work up to the higher doses.
Also thanks for the info re best time to weigh for accurate body composition readings. It does seem to respond to weight loss – but only after a time. My visceral fat reads 10 on my Tanita Scales at the start of BSD. However I am in all sorts of bother obviously related to that modest level of visceral fat and have to focus on shifting it. Possibly genetic as all my family are underweight and are wowsers (except me) yet develop NAFLD and DM type II.
Question: But does anyone know what the visceral fat readings on body composition scales really equate to – is it a percentage or a density.
HI Kando, I cannot comment on inulin as I decided not to try it. I saw the programme with Angela Rippon and what was most surprising to me was that was the only ‘solution’ she gave for visceral fat was inulin and no mention of the BSD food plan which attacks the same issue.
I bought a set of Tanita Scale’s a couple of years ago when I needed to replace existing scales. I bought them mainly for the visceral fat readings having seen few programmes by MM than mentioned the dangers of visceral fat. I weighed myself at the time of day they recommend plus the time of day I prefer (first thing in the morning) and in both cases it gave me a reading of 12. According to their information, I was ‘ok’ for visceral fat – above 12 and I have too much – so very much on the cusp. I have put on more weight since then and noted that my waist was getting disproportionately larger than my hips; the reading was never higher than 12. Once I saw I was not over 12 I assumed I did not have an issue with visceral fat – my mistake!
At the beginning of February I had just read the BSD book and taken a BS reading only to find I was just under being classified as ‘pre-diabetic’! Over the next 8 weeks my BS dropped to the low 5’s (normal range) and the reading dropped to 10. It has got as low as 9.5, but not lower despite me losing over 20kg and losing 23.5 cm from my waist. I have no idea what exactly it is measuring and how it does it, so cannot comment on the accuracy or what level is ‘safe’ as it only ever mentions the ’12’ is the cut off for ‘safe’ to ‘dangerous’. Sorry I cannot give you better information, but from my experience I would concentrate on your BS readings and waist measurements as I don’t believe Tanita’s measure is particularly sensitive.
I also wonder how the tanita scales can work out your visceral fat. I think only a scan can show you how much visceral fat you have.
But well done you on your excellent results on the BSD orchid, really impressive, well done you!
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True info was given too, but some of the facts stated are unsubstantiated .
Does this forum have a moderator?
Ziggy – if you think a post is inappropriate, use the report post button – top right hand corner of the post in question.
I used it on one occasion soon after I started using the forum, I can’t remember what it was about, but several posters had a “WTF” reaction. It was removed pretty swiftly, and I don’t recall the poster reappearing.
I don’t think the posting was inappropriate, no brand is named + it does answer many questions people have asked.
Sorry, it does mention a brand but if that was taken off the posting, I don’t think it should be removed.
I’m taking SO many supplements at the moment (including Magnesium which is great for keeping you regular – if anyone is interested?!!) so I think I’ll give inulin a miss. I’m interested to hear what new people to it think though.
Don’t think the posting was a direct plug and it was very informative, so I don’t personally feel it should be removed. I think we all understand there are many brands of inulin available.
I started taking inulin a week or so ago and found the info on dosage on the post interesting, as I’m only using about half the stated maximum, so now understand I should increase my dosage further. So far I haven’t noticed much in the way of effects, except for undesirable wind, which I am combatting with charcoal capsules.
I’m taking the above, as well as psyllium, a multi vit/mineral tablet daily and magnesium on a regular basis, so you’re not alone in taking supplements Nursebean.
Every brand I have seen have different stated doses. And then, it isn’t supposed to start helping visceral fats for six months 🙁
I take quite a cocktail of supplements – all designed for diabetes – don’t know if they work or not, am slowing going off them. Used to take more. Quite a little hypochondriac me!
Off the top of my head I have tried and taken, magnesium, zinc, cinnamon, bitter melon, nopale cactus, alpha lipoic acid, red yeast, and still take some of these (those are the supplements I have taken to see if they helped diabetes) I take some others for other things too, If you could pick me up I’m sure I’d rattle lol
Just scrolled up to check the post again and it has gone! I didn’t press the report post button (didn’t know about it until Frog told me)
I take magnesium for muscle cramp, and calcium from.my GP, he has a thing about bone thinning in women of my age. Other than that, multi vitamins and garlic capsules. I don’t see a problem with taking inulin as well. It isn’t hypochondria to try and prevent medical problems arising.
I’ve been reading the inulin discussion with interest. After watching Angela Rippon/inulin, I bought a bag. It does give me wind too as others have said but maybe that’s part of the gut healing process. I have tried it many ways including putting a teaspoon in coffee which was undetectable. Don’t put it in Bonox!! Yuk!!
I posted these links before but I don’t think anyone checked them out as there weren’t any comments…(very reliable info)
For all of you who want more info about inulin:
Inulin 101 – A Prebiotic Fiber With Powerful Health Benefits https://authoritynutrition.com/inulin-prebiotic-fiber/
The 19 Best Prebiotic Foods You Should Eat https://authoritynutrition.com/19-best-prebiotic-foods/
My quest now is to find out how to use inulin as a sugar substitute in baking (for my grandchildren’s weekly baked treats)
@ Nellie Bligh
Thanks for the links
Have you noticed any positive effects form taking the inulin. I have been on it going on 6 weeks now, but guess that that is a bit early to see resukts???? Plus with my diet having changed quite radically during those 6 weeks it is difficult to separate one from the other – is it the diet/is it the inulin?
Thanks for the interesting links @ Nellie Bligh. The first one reports weight loss per centages over 12 weeks, so I would have thought that you would be seeing some contribution from the inulin over a six week period Ziggy. Early days for me, but I’m pretty sure I’m seeing better bowel function – long may it continue!
I believe I have seen some positive changes to bowel habits since taking the inulin. About one heaped teaspoon per day so far. Quite a lot of wind but not painful or unpleasant. I don’t know about any other changes but I am hoping to reduce my fatty liver!! Horror of horrors, I was shocked when told during a scan that I had ‘a bit of a fatty liver’. I don’t know to what extent but have noticed some rising figures on my blood work. No comments from GP though. During follow up reading I found out that the biggest cause of this was over-eating carbs. Generally just over eating and my fondness for red wine!! Although I am carrying a few extra kilos than I should be I am not obese, but larger than I have ever been in my life at present. This makes me feel awful so I decided to do something about it and nip it in the bud!!
NAFLD: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/liver-fatty-liver-disease So, my liver is storing all the excess as glucose just like those geese being force fed to make foie gras: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foie_gras
Early days for me too and I am waiting for a reply from an ‘expert’, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt @ http://www.dietdoctor.com (LCHF guru)
I’ll share any what I find out.
Cheers from Brisbane, Australia
Because my liver is uber sensitive to medication, and I have to have it for chronic pain, every couple of months I take Milk Thistle, usually as a tea, this detoxes my liver.
Have you read MMs book – the visceral fat is well documented there and also suggests how to deal with it (e.g. Fast 800 diet)
At last I have found an Australian made Inulin powder at a local health food shop and was able to start experimenting on myself.
I mix 20 gms inulin powder with a light probiotic and a really good yoghurt. I thought I would max fibre as I have had great benefits trying to get up to 35 gms fibre in the past. Makes perfect sense as humans probably had a very high fibre diet originally. No problems at all so far, but only 4 days so far.
No “advertising” or naming product brands as I have read and respected the rules now thanks to Ziggy. I will just mention Body Composition Scales.
Yes thanks Ziggy – I have bought and carefully studied all the MM diet books a couple of months ago following seeing the TV programs.
Re Body Composition Scales – my daughter recommended getting them for motivation and monitoring during weight loss. Like most home monitoring devices, BC Scales are helpful but not completely accurate. They do give a great way of keeping an eye on your health. The most motivational strategy I find is making a hand drawn chart of my progress. Great to see those lines heading in the right direction.
Picking up on an old thread – I read this a while ago and decided to give inulin a try
I’ve been taking a teaspoon a day (about 5g) for the last week or so, and it is definitely working with digestive health.
I take it in a glass of cold low calorie grapefruit squash; I’ve not noticed any problems with it not dissolving if I stir it well.
I have just started with 5g of Inulin and am awaiting my delivery of oat fibre (which was mentioned on another thread). How are you finding the Inulin?
I am using Inulin to up my soluble fibre and the oat fibre for my insoluble fibre and also chia seeds as it looks like I will need to be low carb for the long-term. I do enjoy a wide variety of veg but have really cut down on the chickpeas beans and lentils so I am hoping the chia, Inulin and oat fibre will be a good low carb substitute.
Had done a lot of reading around inulin as i was looking to improve my health. I’m currently taking 20mg of chicory based inulin on a daily basis, mainly in smoothies and in my porridge as sugar alternative because it is slightly sweet. Side effects are notable more flatulence but also seems to have curved the appetite at the same time.
Not sure if this helps but of all the resources that i have found so far this is probably the most informative.
It outlines a lot of simple FAQ’s around inulin and really helped me understand the finer points.
Hoping to strip out that internal fat long term…
Hey Kando, i take benefiber which i buy here in Au. I think it is inulin?
Thank you for the link CLBetter – very interesting info. I started with 5g Inulin and am now on 20g.
The first inulin I bought from Amazon was cheaper and on the packet it said Inulin FOS. The second packet was organic and doesn’t mention FOS. Have just been in Holland and Barrett and bought some Bioglans Inulin that doesn’t mention FOS either. Your info link says that Inulin FOS is slightly different from Inulin. Inulin FOS can feed the bad bacteria as well as the good bacteria but inulin doesn’t. I did notice that I had a lot more explosive activity in the digestive tract on the Inulin FOS and don’t get it on the inulin.
I do feel much better with the Inulin. Am also getting fibre from flaxseeds and chia seeds so am getting loads of fibre. I did try oat fibre but it was disgusting and I had to bin it.
Very elegantly put – “explosive activity in the digestive tract”
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