Why Blood Sugar Stabilization Works!

The power of blood sugar stabilization

Spend hours in the gym and never achieve the results you’re wanting? Tried every diet and still not seeing the weight drop?  If this is you, it’s time for a change.  You can get the body of your dreams and achieve optimal health with the power of blood sugar stabilization.

In order to achieve optimal fitness and health, it’s essential to stabilize your blood sugar with the proper nutrition.  A well-balanced blood sugar level regulates your hormones, prompting your body to burn stored fat and boosting your metabolism to help you lose weight.

Why the right amount of glucose is key

Much of the food we eat is converted to glucose, which our body’s cells use for energy.  This glucose is either utilized by the body for immediate use or is stored for the future.  Too much or too little glucose in your bloodstream causes your body to either store or hold on to fat.

Too much glucose, caused by eating too many calories or too many carbohydrates in a meal, leads your blood sugar to spike, which your body can’t break down so it stores it as fat.  Too little glucose, like when you skip a meal or restrict calories or carbohydrates too much, and your blood sugar levels drop too low, causing our body to go into “starvation mode,” thinking food is scarce so it holds onto fat for the future and burns lean muscle mass for fuel.

End yo-yo dieting forever

Calorie and carbohydrate restriction will initially cause weight loss, but if you continue to trim too many calories, your body will eventually adapt to the lack of fuel by burning less calories to complete everyday tasks, causing your metabolic rate to drop.  This restriction also causes low blood sugar, leading to low energy, food cravings, and prompting your body to use its own muscle as fuel, dragging your metabolism down even more.

Once you give up feeling so depleted and add back the calories and carbohydrates you restricted, the lost weight comes right back in addition to added body fat due to the loss of lean muscle mass and a slower metabolism.  This makes it even more difficult to lose weight the next time around and leads to the endless cycle of yo-yo dieting.

A well-balanced blood sugar level (kept between 80 and 120 mg/dl throughout the day) creates an anabolic environment (a positive growth sate) that allows your body to naturally release stored body fat, toxins, and excess sodium, while protecting and increasing your lean muscle mass to ignite your metabolism. Not to mention, a stabilized blood sugar level also optimizes cell reproduction, energy levels, focus, sleep and stress management.

To feel your best, have energy to fuel your workouts, burn fat and maintain lean muscle, feed your body with a nutrition plan based around blood sugar stabilization.

22 Metabolism-Boosting Foods That Help To Blast Fat!

When it comes to losing weight and being healthier overall, increasing your metabolism plays a big part. A faster metabolism helps you with digestion, and helps burn off fat and pounds, even while you’re sleeping. Here are 22 foods that have been shown to help give your metabolism a boost, and get you on your way to a fitter you!

1. Avocado: high in healthy monounsaturated fats, which are less likely to be stored as body fat and also have been shown to reduce weight when eaten in place of carbohydrates. They also contain a sugar called mannoheptulose, which is associated with blunting insulin release, and since excess insulin is directly involved with fat storage, maintaining normal insulin levels can go a long way toward keeping normal body fat levels.

2. Berries: berries keep your metabolism working by (1) providing fiber, which helps to keep you fuller longer and (2) providing the needed sugars to curb your cravings, without a lot of calories.

3. Cayenne pepper: contains the fat-burning compound capsaicin. Capsaicin also helps to moderate caloric intake by stimulating brain chemicals that signal fullness! It also has a thermogenic effect, meaning it causes the body to burn extra calories for 20 minutes after you consume it. Jalapeno peppers, chili powder, and paprika also contain capsaicin.

4. Cinnamon: this thermogenic spice has been connected with burning fat, curbing cravings, and improving blood glucose control.  A half teaspoon of cinnamon a day has been shown to significantly decrease blood sugar levels, triglycerides, and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

5. Curry powder: the turmeric found in curry powder is a well known fat-burner.

6. Edamame (aka soybeans): the isoflavones found in edamame are connected with less belly fat. They’re also a healthy body-friendly appetizer!

7. Eggs: A great source of protein, they’re great to help you stay fuller longer while providing your body with the necessary protein needed to help build and maintain muscle.

8. Ginger: boosts metabolism in two ways: (1) it burns more calories by increasing oxygen consumption by muscles, (2) it increases lactic acid production, which in turn increases growth-hormone production, which then increases the amount of fat released from fat stores to be burned as fuel.

9. Grapefruit: naringenin is an antioxidant found in grapefruit that has been linked with fat loss.  In a 2004 study at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California, researchers found that eating half a grapefruit before a meal can actually help people lose weight.  And half a grapefruit has only 39 calories!

10. Green Tea: this might not be a food, but green tea is a great slimming solution. Researchers have found that green tea consumption can increase calorie burning by up to four percent. It speeds up fat oxidation and raises the metabolic rate, thus helping people lose weight. Some research points to five cups a day as the magic number for fat loss. Green tea is also loaded with antioxidants, promotes heart health and regulates blood sugar.

11. Ice water: few people realize that by drinking ice water versus room-temperature water, your body will burn an extra 9 calories per glass, totaling to 25 calories per glass for ice water (vs. 16 calories from room-temperature water). Eight glass of cool water a day can burn 200 calories! Plus, water is essential for all of your bodily processes, including your metabolism.  Water also flushes out fat deposits and toxins.

12. Lentils: are genuine belly flatteners. They help prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, particularly in the abdomen.

13. Nuts: almonds and walnuts contain fat-burning omega-3 fatty acids.  Not only do omega-3 fatty acids work to keep your cardiovascular system healthy, but they trigger genes that increase fat-burning and turn off the genes that regulate fat storage.

14. Olive oil: like avocados, olive oil has healthy fat that increases satiety, reducing your appetite. Also, research has shown that it has another slimming feature in its anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation in the body is related to metabolic syndrome.

15. Parmesan: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who had one serving of whole mile or cheese daily were less likely to gain weight over time.

16. Salmon: like almonds and walnuts, salmon contains fat-burning omega-3 fatty acids.

17. Spinach: spinach provides both magnesium and B vitamins, which are needed for proper metabolic function.

18. Tofu: genistein, an isoflavone responsible for many of soy’s health-promoting effects (from reducing the risk of several cancers to promoting cardiovascular health), also appears to be the main factor responsible for boosting fat-burning, as it reduces appetite and abdominal fat.

19. Tomatoes: contain citric, malic, and oxalic acids, which support your body’s kidney functions, which helps your body eliminate more fat and waste from your system. They’re also a good source of fiber and contain high levels of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been proven to have several anti-carcinogenic properties.

20. Whole Grains: one of the best sources of dietary fiber, which helps to keep your body’s metabolism firing.

21. Yogurt: a great combination of carbohydrates and protein, which is great for building muscle and keeping hunger away.

22. Zucchini: this fibrous, water packed vegetable fills you up and is easy to digest.