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Thursday 24 April 2014

Want to keep the weight off? Stabilising your blood sugar is key

'I FEEL tired all the time", "my weight won't budge", "I just can't resist my sweet cravings". Sound familiar? These are the most common words I hear from clients who are struggling with their energy levels and weight.

And I always tell them the same thing -- the key to better health, energy and weight loss is to become a master of your own blood-sugar balance. Truly. When you get that piece in check, all else starts to fall into place.

Master your blood sugar, master your weight

The body depends on a steady and even blood-sugar level. Maintaining this level will help you to feel full of energy, while at the same time stop you craving sugar and stimulants, and help you to lose weight quickly -- and keep it off.

Steady levels of blood sugar also boost mood, memory and concentration and reduce anxiety while cutting the risk of blood-sugar-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

How do Blood Sugar levels get unbalanced?

Unfortunately, most people's blood sugar is not properly balanced and here's why. When we eat sugary foods such as sweets, soft drinks, cakes, biscuits etc, our blood-sugar levels rise rapidly, giving us what's called a 'sugar rush'.

This is effectively a false energy which is very short lived. Unfortunately, for every 'up' there is a 'down', hence the subsequent sugar crash, causing our energy levels to plummet -- the mid-afternoon slump being a classic example.

Vicious Cycle

But it's not just sugary foods which cause problems. Other fast-release carbohydrates including 'white flour foods', refined cereals, white pasta or rice have a similar effect in that the body converts them into sugar very quickly.

The problem with regularly consuming these types of foods is that they cause our blood-sugar levels to go up and down like a seesaw, which has three major effects.

Firstly, it wreaks havoc on our energy levels, secondly it causes regular cravings for sweet and starchy foods, and thirdly it makes it virtually impossible to lose weight as our body goes into 'fat-storing mode' -- it's a vicious cycle!

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