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.

Are You Under-eating?

Why it’s important to fuel your metabolism

Your body needs enough energy to support all the basic processes that keep you breathing and moving. The sum of these processes is known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR) – aka your metabolism.

The moment you wake up in the morning, your body starts to burn energy – walking to and from rooms, brushing your teeth, typing an email, etc. These “activities of daily living” (ADL) combined with BMR total about 1800 calories a day for a typical adult female, give or take a few hundred calories depending on the amount of lean muscle, age, or genetics). That means a typical adult female needs an average of 1800 calories a day just to maintain her weight. Add in exercise and her energy needs can really increase. Yet so many women (and some men) are hesitant to fuel their bodies with enough calories for fear of gaining weight.

Why under-eating is damaging

If you eat less than your body’s needs, you’ll initially lose weight, 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. And if kept up too long, your body will use its own muscle as fuel, dragging your metabolism down even more. Still hesitant to add calories? According to research completed on elite runners and gymnasts published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the best-fueled athletes had lower body-fat percentages than those who were consistently underfed.

4 signs you’re under-eating

1. You’re losing muscle, or not gaining any

You need calories and protein in order for muscle growth to occur. If you’re working hard in the gym and eating enough protein, but feeling weaker or losing definition, you’re not eating enough.

2. You’re not sleeping well and you’re tired all the time

If your body is constantly undernourished, you’re body won’t be able to recover as effectively from workouts and can even make sleep difficult.

3. That annoying belly fat will not go away

Not fueling your body with enough energy over time not only encourages muscle loss but increases the levels of the belly-fattening stress hormone cortisol.

4. Your bones are showing signs of weakness

If you’ve suffered a recent stress fracture or an unexpected broken bone from a fall, it could be indicative that your bones are weakening, a side effect of inadequate calories.

So what now?

If you feel you might be under-eating, start by (1) getting a clearer picture of your input and output, (2) start adding more calories gradually so your body (and mind) have time to adapt, and (3) keep your foods clean! (eating more doesn’t mean eating junk).