A lot of interesting studies were done with regard to the relationship between your blood sugar and weight loss. You can lose weight and not be able to lose “stubborn” fat on certain parts of your body. This might be due to the fact that your blood sugar is not being regulated efficiently. The Journal of the American Medical Association claims that about one in four slender people is “metabolically obese.” Blood sugar levels can be very helpful in either aiding weight loss or gaining weight.
The following four symptoms predict that your diet isn’t effective when you are trying to lose weight:
- You get light-headed throughout the day;
- After a meal, you get hungry within the next 3 hours;
- Despite the fact that you exercise, your body fat does not decrease;
- You have great cravings for sugar and caffeine.
In order to motivate your body to use fat, insulin levels need to be kept low. Here are the following 10 tips to help you keep blood sugar low:
- Start your morning with protein. I have heard this numerous times. The best instructions to follow is to eat 20-30 grams of protein within the first 90 minutes of waking up. Opt for things like eggs, nuts and protein shake. Also sausages and smoked salmon are good sources of protein.
- Stick to a Low-Glycemic diet, because it has a lesser impact on your blood sugar levels. Lean protein like chicken, fish and eggs, nuts, beans, vegetables and fruit are great ways to maintain your blood sugar levels.
- Eat a lot of plants in your diet: plants are high in fiber which will aid digestion and hold your blood sugar stable.
- It is necessary to eat healthy fat in order to burn fat. Fat keeps your hunger levels satisfied. Healthy fat is also good for the functioning of your brain. Foods like avo’s, nuts and coconut oil are healthy fats.
- Build some muscle there! Yes, building some muscle will aid in the burning of fat. So put on some jogging shoes, do some cardiovascular exercises or some strength training and watch the kilos melt away.
- Eat whole unprocessed foods. If your foods include ingredients like MSG, it will cause that you will become ravenously hungry. Ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial colors, all influence your body negatively.
- Make sure you sleep enough. When you are sleep deprived, you are often craving sugar. Be attentive to this and do not give in to your sugar cravings- rather opt for a nap.
- Do not drink sugar: exclude things like sodas, juices or a lot of alcohol- they usually contain a lot of sugar.
- Exclude white sugar and flours- These foods create major insulin spikes.
- Avoid stress: yes, chronic low-level stress may alter your hormone levels and this can affect your craving levels a lot as well as the functioning of your metabolism. This will not only support your body but improve your overall appearance.