Women's Health Week: Dieting

So you tried the diet that helped your neighbor drop fifteen pounds, and your scale is still holding steady?!

That midnight trip to the fridge may not deserve all the blame.

It could be that particular diet doesn't match your biology.

At the Duke Diet Center, one of the country's longest running weight management programs, menus are personalized.

Elisabetta Politi works for the Duke Diet Center and says, "We realize there is not just one diet that fits everyone." Hormonal differences, specifically how much insulin the body makes, may be one reason.

A small study of 73 overweight, but otherwise healthy adults, finds low glycemic load diets that keep blood sugar levels steady (think whole grains instead of white bread) work much better than low fat eating plans which tend to be high in carbs, in people with high levels of insulin.

After a year and half the high insulin dieters who followed a low glycemic index plan lost 12 pounds compared to 2 pounds in low fat group.

The low glycemic load dieters also kept off more body fat. Researchers say the findings add to evidence that biology plays a role in diet success.

Ed Klein is losing weight and controlling his diabetes on a low glycemic plan.

He says, "I did it to myself so it gives me great satisfaction to work my way out of it now!"

It's thanks to the right diet and a hefty serving of determination.

Check out the video extra to hear from Pam Green, Director of Baptist's Diabetes and Nutrition Center, about some of these topics:

1. Connection between insulin and weight loss..

2. Apparently your waistline could be a clue to your insulin level. Do people who gain weight around the middle tend to produce high levels of insulin?

3. Is the connection of diet and insulin an issue for nondiabetics?

4. Fruits and vegetable are great but what do we as women in particular need in our diets?

5. Does this change in the various seasons of our lives from our 20's into our golden years?