Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blood Sugar Levels : How to Regulate for Optimal Fat Burning

Depending on the types of foods we eat ,and how we pair them has a lot to do with the way in which our blood sugar acts. The result of this can depend on the way in which fat is utilized in the body. After we eat our body digests food by breaking it down into glucose, and then travels through the blood stream. This is called blood glucose aka blood sugar. After meals blood glucose levels rise and are taken up by cells due to secretion of insulin by the pancreas. Utilization of the glucose is dependent on the types of food we intake and how we pair them.

Throughout the day our bodies can experience different levels of blood sugar which all take a toll on the way our bodies burn fat. Listed below is a summary of the effects different levels of blood sugar has on our body.

Blood Sugar Levels:
  • LOW: Our bodies are in the fasted state and will not burn fat. Instead we store the fat due to the body being in a panic mode.
  • STABLE (burning fat): This is the state you want to be in at the beginning of the day and keep it there the whole day. In this state the body will burn fat and build muscle.
  • HIGH (storage mode): When there is too much glucose in the blood it will be in surplus and will be stored for later use. The result is a spike in blood sugar and an immediate crash thereafter which leaves you feeling no energy.
A solution to the problem is to eat smaller meals throughout the day to maintain the stable state of blood glucose. When choosing meals you should eat a mix of high-quality protein at each meal. Never eat carbohydrate alone because they raise blood sugar some faster than others. When eating carbohydrate with protein it blunts the increase in blood sugar which in turn will keep your body in the stable fat burning mode. Eliminate all processed carbohydrates which raise blood sugars the fastest. Processed foods include; white breads,white pastas, pastries, sugary cereal, and sugar.

Best Carbohydrate Sources:
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • whole grains(i.e. rice, quinoa, couscous, oatmeal, etc..)
So instead of experiencing the dips and spikes of energy through your day opt to keep a stable blood sugar for optimal fat burning. Choose small meals with a mix of carbohydrate and protein .

Have a Happy Healthy Day,
Krystal Goodman

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