There is more to weight loss than diet and exercise. Sure, these things are part of the equation, but it’s much more complicated than you’ve been led to believe. If you’ve been eating “right” and working out, and you aren’t able to lose weight, listen up, this blog is for you. You should be monitoring your blood sugar. Why?
Many people who struggle to lose weight feel they’ve tried everything. But have you tried managing your blood glucose? Probably not. In recent years, medical professionals began analyzing how important blood sugar is in non-diabetic patients. The science doesn’t lie, it’s important.
For decades, we’ve been trained to track calories and watch fat. While this is good advice to some extent, it’s not the whole picture, and it’s not enough to prevent weight gain and promote good health. A missing piece of the puzzle is: blood sugar.
When our blood glucose (aka blood sugar) spikes, the pancreas releases insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps the cells in the body absorb glucose and use it for energy. Insulin signals the liver, muscles and fat to take glucose from the blood. It is then used for energy or stored for later use. If your body is spiking too frequently, this process repeats itself over and over, causing too much glucose to be stored in the body.
What’s wrong with too much glucose in storage? Several things can happen when there is too much glucose stored in the body, including:
If your glucose is on a rollercoaster ride, constantly spiking up throughout the day, you are most likely experiencing symptoms you may not even connect to your diet. Glucose irregularity can wreak havoc inside your body, but there are outward signs you may notice, too. These include cravings and hunger, fatigue, mood swings and irritability.
Hopefully you’re convinced that everyone – not just diabetics – need to pay attention to glucose. Every patient at Innovative Vitality wears a glucose monitor, shares data with your provider, and learns how to eat for metabolic health. To learn more, schedule your first visit with one of our providers.