7 Day Insulin Resistance Diet Plan

Insulin Resistance Diet – Overview

What is insulin resistance?

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas responsible for glucose absorption and maintaining blood sugar balance. Insulin resistance makes it difficult for cells in the body to absorb glucose.

Over time, the body needs more and more insulin to function properly, leading to high insulin levels and high glucose levels; these 2 combined make weight loss extremely difficult.

However, some dietary measures can improve body health and control insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance almost always leads to type 2 diabetes, which is widely known to increase the risk of cardiovascular and neurological diseases and significantly affect the quality of life.

Weight loss is first-line management for insulin resistance, although it’s a somewhat complex process that requires the support of specialists.

It is unsafe for people with serious health problems such as pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes to lose weight on their own.

A way to improve insulin sensitivity and prevent progression to diabetes is to reduce the amount of insulin the body is producing; there are two main ways you can do that:

1.  Reduce refined carbohydrates and increase lean proteins and fiber products– since carbohydrates are the most potent stimulus for insulin production, while proteins and fiber slow the absorption of carbs.

2. Intermittent fasting – according to researchers, intermittent fasting can prevent and improve insulin resistance. It even demonstrated some promising results in the non-medical management of type 2 diabetes.

Intermittent fasting makes sense; the longer you go without foods, the stronger the nutrients are needed and easier for cells to absorb.

You can combine these meal plans with intermittent fasting simply by leaving out snacks from daily schedules and dividing foods to have 2 meals a day only. That way, you will have significant changes in insulin sensitivity.

After all, these are generalized recommendations, to have an individualized diagnosis and management plan before making any drastic changes to your diet  it is recommended to consult with experienced nutritionists or endocrinologist who will develop an individual comprehensive weight loss program. 

What should we eat for a week to increase insulin sensitivity?

The best diet to improve insulin sensitivity and prevent progression to type 2 diabetes involves consuming non-starchy raw vegetables, whole intact grains, fruits with low or medium Glycemic index, beans, and legumes.

Vegetables and Fruits are low in carbohydrates and calories and provide rich fiber content, which is essential to slow down sugar absorption, improve blood sugar levels and activate digestion.

Besides, they are a rich source of antioxidants that defend cells from free radical damage.

Choose low-GI fruits so you don’t have to worry about blood sugar spikes. Those are apples, grapefruit, apricot, strawberry, blueberry, kiwi, plums, and peaches.

Healthy meats – seafood, cottage cheese, greek yogurt and legumes- excellent sources of lean proteins – necessary for healthy weight loss and blood sugar stabilization.

Proteins slow down the absorption of carbohydrates and support healthy lean muscle mass development, hence more insulin-sensitive tissue build-up.

Dairy – According to WHO, the recommended daily requirement for calcium is about 500 milligrams. Dairy products nourish us with this essential mineral, so include a cup of unsweetened milk, low-fat Greek yogurt or cottage cheese in your daily meal plan. You won’t have to worry about osteoporosis or teeth problems.

Besides calcium content, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt are also excellent sources of lean protein, which keeps you full longer and provides you with building blocks for muscle.

Seafood – Fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health and are essential for an insulin-resistant diet. Fish contains no carbohydrates, hence preventing you from blood sugar and insulin spikes.

Nuts and seeds in limited amounts are great snack ideas. They can provide you with all the essential healthy fats. Furthermore, studies show that nuts can benefit those at risk of diabetes.

As a Pubmed study stated, ” Frequent nut consumption could play a role in reducing the risk of T2DM and CVD through improvement in glucose and lipid metabolism, weight maintenance and improved endothelial function. ”

Ginger – Surprisingly, ginger is known to improve insulin sensitivity and help with blood sugar regulations by increasing the body’s ability to absorb glucose.

According to a Pubmed study, daily consumption of 3 one-gram capsules of ginger powder for 8 weeks was beneficial for patients with type 2 diabetes due to HbA1c (glycosylated hemoglobin) reduction and improvement of insulin resistance.

It does so with the help of a particular ingredient that increases the number of GLUT4 receptors on the cell’s surface. GLUT4 is responsible for glucose absorption from the blood to cells. So sprinkling a pinch of ginger into your meals can demonstrate significant effects.

Cinnamon – you will see a lot of cinnamon in this meal plan. It’s all because of one particular ingredient called MHCP (Methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer), which mimics insulin’s action and helps glucose enter the cells.

As this study from the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology states, “Cinnamon and components of cinnamon have been shown to have beneficial effects on essentially all of the factors associated with metabolic syndrome, including insulin sensitivity, glucose, lipids, antioxidants, inflammation, blood pressure, and body weight.”

So, it’s definitely a component you should not miss out on.

Avoid processed, refined foods with added sugars, salts, and trans fats.

7 Day Insulin Resistance Diet Meal Plan

Day 1


Avocado salmon toast with ginger powder – 712 calories


12 cherries – 62 calories

50 grams of Roasted chickpeas – 210 calories


10 grilled Mushrooms with cherry tomatoes, spinach, parsley and soy sauce – 102 calories


Burrito with beef, beans, lettuce, salsa   – 580 calories


1 cup of popcorn – 44 calories

100 grams of Yoghurt with berries with no added sugars 1 teaspoon of cinnamon- 120 calories

Total calories of the day: 1830

Day 2


100 grams of Low-fat Greek yogurt with 10  blueberries pinch of cinnamon – 73 calories


1 slice of pineapple – 56 calories

10 almonds – 77 calories


Turkey sandwich – 324 calories


8 medium-sized Meatballs(226 grams) with tomato sauce, bell peppers, and legumes – 712 calories

1 slice of white bread – 70 calories

1 cup of avocado salad – 110 calories


100 grams of Kale chips – 141 calories

100 grams of Low-fat, low-sugar yogurt – 63 calories

Total calories of the day: 1626 calories

Day 3


3 Egg omelet with green onions and spinach – 323 calories

1 cup of Strawberry and kiwi smoothie with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon – 163 calories


2 slices of Watermelon – 158 calories

40 grams of hazelnut – 259 calories


Tuna sandwich – 440 calories


1 bowl of Chicken soup – 168 calories

1 piece of low-fat cheese- 113 calories


Avocado toast – 189 calories

2 pieces of cantaloupe – 24 calories

5 cashews – 45 calories

Total calories of the day: 1591 calories

Day 4


1 cup of rolled Cereal with almond milk and 1 sliced peach with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon – 183 calories


50 grams of pumpkin seeds – 223 calories

10 Strawberries – 58 calories


100 grams of Veggie salad – asparagus, carrot, cucumber, mashed avocado, spinach, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, onion, green bell pepper

121 calories


4 Low carb cabbage rolls – 914 calories

1 slice of low-fat cheese gouda – 113 calories


Peanut butter with apple and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

282 calories

Total calories of the day: 1894

Day 5


1 cup of Cottage cheese with granola, 10 strawberries, and a teaspoon of cinnamon- 253 calories


1 whole Grapefruit -103 calories

Boiled eggs with 4 florets, broccoli, and cauliflower – 174 calories


Quinoa bowl with vegetables (250 grams) – 303 calories


Seafood soup -380 calories

1 slice of white bread – 70 calories

1 slice of low-fat cheese- 113 calories


50-gram flaxseeds – 267 calories

Total calories of the day: 1663

Day 6


1 cup of Oatmeal with raspberry and banana- 313 calories

1 cup of kale smoothie – 123 calories


5 Ham and cheese roll-ups – 302 calories

1 cup of blueberry smoothie – 188 calories


1 cup of a Greek salad – 179 calories

2 falafels – 166 calories


Chicken fillet with curry, asparagus, onion, and olive oil – 413 calories

1 slice of white bread – 70 calories


10 pistachios – 40 calories

5 Apricots – 84 calories

Total calories of the day: 1878 calories 

Day 7


100 grams of Chia pudding with almond milk, ginger, sliced pear, and a pinch of cinnamon

153 calories


10 pecans – 100 calories

1 whole small orange – 47 calories


100 grams of Hummus with 1 sliced cucumber and 1 carrot – 203 calories

1 low-carb muffin – 312 calories

10 almonds – 77 calories


2 Shrimp tacos with low-fat cheese – 478 calories

100 grams of Zucchini chips – 87 calories


12 olives – 52 calories

10 small-sized plums – 121 calories

Total calories of the day: 1630

Fluids: You can drink unlimited fluids like water, tea, and coffee; make sure they are sugar-free. For the reasons above, sprinkling cinnamon into your coffee or tea can help increase insulin sensitivity.

Avoid juices, lemonades, and alcohol – since they contain carbohydrates in significant amounts and have a relatively high glycemic index.

Let’s sum up our insulin resistance diet recommendations with a crucial tip: exercise!

Resistance training utilizes glucose stores for energy and makes all the newly consumed carbs enter muscle cells to be stored as glycogen. Besides, multiple studies demonstrate that even light-weight exercises affect insulin sensitivity positively.

See Also

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