The body converts carbohydrates into sugar (glucose).  Glucose is the body’s main source of energy.  Blood sugar levels affect how hungry you are and how energetic you feel.  Both of these are important factors when trying to lose weight.  If you want to be successful in your weight loss you need to understand how blood sugar affects your body and how you can keep it balanced.

Medical-weight-loss-nyThe pancreas creates a hormone called insulin.  Insulin transports blood sugar into the body’s cells where it is converted into energy.  Foods like refined grains, sugars, and carbohydrate-rich foods are quickly processed into blood sugar.  This forces the pancreas into overdrive in order to produce the necessary insulin.  This increase in insulin tells the body that plenty of energy is available and that it should stop burning fat.  It also causes too much blood sugar to be transported out of the blood.  When this happens insulin levels to drop below normal.  The result is feeling tired and hungry and craving more sugar foods.  When you indulge in these cravings the cycle starts all over again.  Creating an endless roller coaster of highs and lows for your body.

In order to combat this endless cycle you need to regulate your blood sugar levels.

First, never skip a meal.  Skipping meals makes the situation worse by dropping your blood sugar even lower and increasing your cravings.

Second, eat healthy snacks between meals.  Make sure your snacks are healthy and pre portioned.  Healthy snacks include fruit, like apples and oranges, dairy, and protein.  Also, foods with high fiber slow down the glucose absorption keeping your blood sugar levels more consistent and helping to curb hunger.

Third, eat frequently.  You should eat every three to four hours.  Eating frequently prevents hunger, provides consistent energy, and helps to effectively maintain blood sugar.

It’s also important to recognize that some people have issues with insulin production.  Their body may produce too little, too much, or may not respond properly to the insulin produced.  In these cases, the body creates too high a level of blood sugar which leads to diabetes.  If you have any concerns with your blood sugar or insulin levels you should consult your doctor.

Lastly, you should consult with your weight loss consultant for healthy choices that fit with your weight loss program. To schedule your free consultation please click below or call Becky Wilborn at (212) 759-8118.

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