About Blood Sugar Weight Loss

February 23, 2010

Diets & Nutrition

When we eat, our body converts carbohydrates into glucose, which circulates through the bloodstream; this is the most important energy source of the body. Blood sugar levels are called blood sugar and may affect both hunger, and the energy levels throughout the body, telling it to burn or to store fat. Your blood sugar affects your weight loss efforts in every way possible.

Our pancreas makes a hormone called insulin; it transports glucose to the cells, where it is used as an energy source. When eating cereals and bakery produscts that are made from fiber-free refined products they are quickly processed and the resulting glucose passes into the blood stream.

This way the pancreas will strain itself to produce large quantities of insulin to compensate for the large quantities of glucose that are in the bloodstream. This insulin excess "tells" the body that there is a large amount of energy available and that the lipids (fat) should not be consumed, but stored.

The big problem is not actually fat storage due to excess insulin, fat is deposited whatever we eat and it does not fully degrade. The big problem is that excess insulin secretion is followed by an insulin insufficiency that induces a state of fatigue, hunger and desire to eat more and more.

The unfortunate result of this scenario is that a permanent desire to eat something sweet gets installed, which is repeated every day and if you go up on a scale, the second act of the tragedy begins.

What can you do to combat these adverse reactions? First of all limit the amount of sugar you consume from fluids during the day: tea, coffee, drinks, etc… Also, pay special attention to the fat-free foods because they can have high contents of carbohydrates (sugar and starch).

Food labels should be read carefully to assess the amount of sugar that will be consumed. Very sweet fruits and honey really contain natural sugar, but all kinds of sugar influence insulin and blood glucose levels. Therefore, you should limit their consumption.

It is also important to understand what happens when you skip a meal or when you follow a very drastic diet. In these situations, our body thinks it is starving for a reason and it slows down the metabolism in order to conserve energy. What is preserved is, we all know, stored fat; weight loss will be based on water (dehydration) and muscles.

Maintaining constant blood glucose is the most effective method of losing weight: you should never give up a main meal (especially breakfast) and you must eat snacks (fruits and vegetables) that are rich in nutrients between the main meals.

A balanced diet with frequent meals and reduced quantities prevents exacerbated hunger, providing a constant energy source for the body and maintaining an efficient and harmonious silhouette (and it is practically effortless). Control your blood sugar and you will lose weight faster.

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