Did you know that only 15% – 20% of “dieters” actually keep the weight off after two years? That’s correct! 80% – 85% of people don’t even keep the weight off. Why? Well because DIETS DON’T WORK! I want you to change what you consider healthy eating but most importantly, pay attention to one KEY factor in weight loss – managing your blood sugar.
Blood Sugar is the amount glucose from what you eat that stays in your blood to give your cells the energy they need for future use. Keeping a healthy blood sugar level is paramount to your fitness, it helps to regulate your hormones, helps your body burn fat and helps to increase your metabolism (increased metabolism means weight loss!).
Sadly, most of us don’t have a good handle on our blood sugar. We usually have too much glucose and this leads to high blood-sugar levels. This means that our body will not use the sugar and will store it as fat. Now, don’t think that having little sugar is good; too little blood-sugar actually leads to extra pounds because your body goes into starvation mode and instead burns muscle and not fat.
Below are some easy tips to help maintain a balanced blood-sugar level.
Eat every 3 hours
Our bodies need food every 3 hours. If you wait longer and your body goes into starvation mode and it assumes food is scarce. It then stores fat for the future instead of burning it away immediately. Be sure to eat within 1 hour of waking up, then every 3 hours thereafter.
Prepare a Snack Kit
Always carry a snacks in order to be prepared to eat every three hours no matter where you are. You will want a kit with three snack meals to eat between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here’s a sample kit to get you started. All these snacks have carbs, proteins and good fat:
- Snack 1: An apple with almond butter.
- Snack 2: Greek yogurt, a handful of sunflower seeds, and a handful of dried cranberries.
- Snack 3: A natural protein bar with equal parts protein, fat and carbs.
Learn about the benefits of cinnamon
Adding cinnamon extract to water is a great way to balance blood sugar and lose weight. Recent studies show consuming as little as a half teaspoon of cinnamon a day can reduce blood sugar levels by up to 29%, while also lowering triglyceride and cholesterol levels to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Just add 2 droppers of cinnamon extract to a liter of water, being sure to drink 3 liters a day to help with digestion and constipation. Since high blood sugar levels can lead to increased storage of fat by the body, cinnamon helps prevent this increased storage of fat and enables you to lose weight.
Align your Spine and Relax
This might come as a surprise, but keeping your spine in line impacts your weight loss. Your spinal nerves play a roll in controlling how food passes through your digestive tract. An aligned spinal column helps to relieve stress, aids in proper digestion, and eliminates toxins and waste to help with weight loss. Not to mention, rolling on a foam roller for a few minutes a day feels great also!
Let me know if you try any of these and how it goes in the comments below!