Thursday, 23 February 2012
Your body's response to crashes in your blood glucose tells you to eat. How strong your willpower is has nothing to do with it.
The average American diet causes blood glucose spikes and crashes like a roller coaster.Crashes and spikes in your blood glucose leads to:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Lack of energy
- Sleep issues
- Muscle aches and pains
- Joint pain
- Hormonal issues
- Menopausal problems
- Peri Menopausal problems
- Mood swings
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Insulin resistance
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Type 2 Diabetes
Spikes = High-Glycemic Eating/High Blood Glucose Levels (Hyperglycemia). Your blood glucose levels spike too high due to high-glycemic eating, too much food, too little exercise and/or stress. This causes your pancreas to secrete extra insulin to lower the blood glucose levels.Symptoms:
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
Crashes = Skipping Meals/Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia). Your body goes into a state of emergency. Your adrenals begin to secrete cortisol because your body is stressed. It knows it needs energy and needs to bring the blood glucose back up, so it craves simple carbs and sugars because they break down the fastest.Symptoms:
- Acting Angry or Irritable
- Slurred Speech
- Urges/Cravings (not about will power)
These spikes and crashes repeat throughout the day, over and over, like a sugar roller coaster.
Your body actually prefers to keep your blood glucose levels in a narrow band. You can do this by following a low-glycemic lifestyle, exercising and stress management. A low-glycemic lifestyle means eating foods that release glucose more gradually into the bloodstream. There are many benefits to a low-glycemic lifestyle including: energy, weight loss, loss of belly fat, reduced inflammation, controlling diabetes and high cholesterol, reduced sugar cravings and healthy living.
I was so relieved when I learned that giving in to my cravings was not because of my "lack of willpower." It was how my body was responding to the high-glycemic foods I was eating. I used to have so much guilt over my "lack of willpower."
Now, instead of feeling guilty I am focusing on creating a low-glycemic lifestyle... and you can too.
Have you ever blamed your lack of willpower for your lack of weight loss? What do you think about willpower? Do you think it plays a large role in losing weight?