The regulation of blood sugar and insulin are critical in weight management and prevention of diabetes and metabolic dysfunction. So the key to controlling weight, preventing metabolic disease and improving energy now becomes regulating blood sugar and insulin.
If we consume sugars or carbohydrates, especially in a highly refined form like white sugar or high fructose corn syrup, our blood sugar spikes quickly and drops quickly. Conversely, if we consume fats, the blood sugar response is quite slow to rise, has a much broader peak and ultimately takes longer time to return to baseline. When blood sugars spike quickly, as they do with carbohydrates, the body then reacts by pumping out lots of insulin. The combination of rapid blood sugar drop and excess insulin leads to strong craving for even more sugar. Focus on eating healthy fats (avocado, coconut, organic butter, grass fed beef, salmon, olive oil etc…) to provide sustainable energy with out spiking blood sugar.


High sugar beverages including soda, juices and sports drinks are the worst at spiking blood sugar. Minimize starches, sugars and carbohydrates; especially highly refined forms like white flour, white sugar, white rice, and white potato. Eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day; making sure that each of them incorporates protein, fat and fiber. Next post we will explore how, if this system is chronically out of balance, how metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure and much other chronic disease can develop.
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Insulin tells the body to store this extra energy as fat and inhibits the break down fat stores.  Without insulin, we don’t gain weight. This is what leads to a dramatic and quick drop in blood sugar. Often the quantity of insulin released overshoots the need, so blood sugar then falls to below than optimal levels.
If we indulge these cravings, the cycle repeats.  Every time the blood sugar spikes and insulin spikes in response it is a period of storing fat. I’ve been doing some research on blood sugar monitoring for a friend… is this site any good IYHO?
For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant.



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