Insulin is a hormone that helps your cells get the energy they need but also promotes the storage of excess energy as fat.
If your insulin and glucose levels fluctuate wildly, you can find yourself tired and lethargic, craving sugar, overeating and gaining weight.
Put an end to this cycle by changing your diet and activity level to regulate glucose and insulin levels.
High and Low Blood Sugar
Your body produces insulin in response to rising glucose levels. When you eat certain types of carbohydrates, specifically simple carbohydrates, your body can produce large amounts of glucose quickly. The faster your blood glucose rises the more insulin your pancreas produces to remove glucose from your bloodstream and in to your cells.
This over-production of insulin can cause low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. Your brain is fooled into thinking you need more glucose and you become hungry and crave more simple carbohydrates such as sugar to give your body another quick burst of glucose.
More glucose calls for more insulin. Once you’re on this cycle of high and low blood sugar, you’ll consume too many calories, gain weight and increase your risk of developing insulin resistance or Type 2 diabetes.
Stop the negative blood sugar cycle and start losing weight by stabilizing your glucose level.
Eliminate as much sugar as possible from your diet. Although sugar is a type of carbohydrate, you don’t want to eliminate all carbs, just the ones that cause a rapid rise in blood sugar, triggering too much insulin and an inevitable crash. Carbs high in fiber, such as whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, can slow digestion and your body’s glucose production. Fat and protein also slow digestion; your meals and snacks should be a combination of lean protein, unsaturated fats and high-fiber carbs.
Avoid both glucose and insulin crashes by never letting yourself get too hungry. When you skip a meal, or wait too long between meals, your brain signals for glucose. The lower your blood sugar is, the hungrier you are and the more likely it is that you’ll make a poor food choice, giving in to the urge to eat something sweet or that you’ll consume too many calories.
Eating too much food – even if it’s healthy – can raise glucose and insulin levels too high. Eat on a regular schedule, every three to four hours. Eat smaller meals and snack to avoid consuming too many calories at any one sitting.
Unfortunately, fat interferes with your body’s ability to use insulin effectively. When you start to gain weight because of the high and low blood sugar, it makes the problem worse. Maintaining a healthy body weight will help your body use less insulin, but use what it has more effectively. Lose weight by eating a variety of healthy foods, paying attention to portion control and exercising more. The more active you are, the lower your blood sugar level – and the more calories you’ll burn.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five days per week.
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