Headaches, shakiness, dizziness, mood swings, lethargy, lack of energy, lack of concentration, extreme hunger, cravings, these symptoms have all something to do with being overweight and even more with blood sugar. 

I would like to refer to my last post as I had some people emailed me asking if they can eat carbs and still lose weight. In my last post I described a diet without sugar and flour BUT I never said I don’t eat carbs. I actually think you cannot lose weight HEALTHILY if you only eat protein. Yes, you will lose weight as your body will use body fat for energy, but you will also develop other diseases such as kidney stones, not to mention you will have cravings all day long. Let me explain why you need carbohydrate.

The key to losing weight and keeping it off is keeping your blood sugar level stable. –says Christine Avanti in her book “Skinny Chicks don’t eat salads” Understand this concept and apply it in your diet and miracle will happen to your body.

What is blood sugar?

Our bodies need sugar to function properly. Brain, nerve and red blood cells can only run on sugar (in other name glucose) in your blood. Glucose comes from the carbohydrate that we eat. But please don’t just think of white bread, pasta and sweets. Veggies, fruits, beans, whole grains are the best sources of carbs. You need carbs every four hours as the brain and nervous system don’t store glucose. But the trick is getting the right amount of right carbohydrate at the right times.

The perfect blood sugar is between 80 and 120 milligram of glucose per decilitre of blood. Anywhere above and below this range can result in fat storage. Your blood sugar in the morning is super low because you haven’t eaten all night long. So when you wake up in the morning and you eat the wrong carbohydrate (sugary coffee, custard, white bread) your blood sugar increase rapidly. But as rapidly your blood sugar increased, just as rapidly it will drop. And the result will be hunger in a half an hour and the symptoms that I mentioned at the beginning of this article.

Good news is that when you eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables your blood sugar will still remain at normal level. There is a very important hormone that takes part in the process: Insulin.

I will talk about insulin next time, so check back tomorrow. Until then try to make better nutritional choices and get healthier!

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