Losing weight is often a difficult and frustrating process. Most people who try to lose more than 5 or 10 pounds often find themselves giving up in frustration because they simply grow tired of fighting those hunger pangs and feelings of fatigue only to reach a weight loss plateau that can last anywhere from several days to several weeks.
But, what if there was a way to lose weight without suffering from all those hunger pangs, or feeling fatigued? What if there was a way to continually lose weight without hitting so many discouraging plateaus? Well, there is, and accomplishing this is not due to some magical weight loss pill, or appetite suppressant. It is all accomplished by balancing your blood sugar or glucose levels and thus helping your body to burn that excess fat more efficiently.
How Unbalanced Blood Sugar Levels Contributes To Hunger and Fatigue
You probably already know that being overweight can cause your body to not be able to correctly process your sugar intake resulting in type II diabetes, but did you also know that fluctuating blood glucose levels can actually lead to weight gain and make it more difficult to lose weight? It’s true and understanding how your body uses energy will help you to understand why those fluctuating sugar levels play such a huge role in weight gain and the inability to lose weight.
Try thinking of your body as a machine. Machines need fuel to run. Your body makes fuel by digesting the food you eat and turning carbohydrates into sugar, which it uses, as a source of fuel. Your body can only use so much fuel at one time, so when your food is digested your body takes the fuel it needs to run on and the rest gets stored as fat for later use. The problem is when you eat too much food at one sitting; this causes masses of sugar (or fuel) to be dumped into your body. Because your body cannot use all this excess fuel, it calls the hormone insulin to store some of this excess fuel away for later use, which it does.
This causes those high sugar levels to drastically drop, meaning your body feels as though it is running out of fuel. When this happens, your body tries to conserve some of its energy so you feel tired. You also feel hungry because your body is signaling that you need more fuel. So once again, you eat and overfill your body with fuel. It is an endless cycle caused by those sugar levels rising and lowering at a rapid rate.
Fueling Your Body Properly
The key to balancing those blood sugar levels and burning energy properly is to fuel your body more often but, providing smaller amounts of fuel. By dividing the calories you do consume into 5 meals instead of just two or three you are constantly giving your body smaller amounts of fuel that it can use without turning it into fat. This keeps your blood glucose levels even thus preventing those drops in energy levels and those hunger pangs. By keeping sugar levels balanced you simply use the energy you take in more efficiently.
How Balancing Blood Sugar Levels Helps To Burn Excess Fat
The key to burning that excess fat is to keep those blood glucose levels balanced while providing your body with just a little less energy than it needs. When blood sugars levels are on an even keel, the insulin used to both store fat, and protect that stored fat will allow small supplies of fat to be burned to make up the extra energy you need.
Cutting back too many calories will cause blood glucose levels to drastically drop and send your body into starvation mode. When your body feels as though it is not getting enough energy to function, it holds onto all its stored fat resulting in burning muscle tissue for energy, which result in less weight loss, and feelings of fatigue.
In order to lose weight you need to consume a certain amount of calories. For women, the recommended amount of calories is 1400, with 1500 to 1800 calories for men being spread over 5 meals. This means that in order to keep your blood sugar levels stable you should eat roughly every three hours consuming meals that run fairly equal. Eating three meals of 300 calories and two meals of 250 calories for women will help you balance those blood glucose levels.
Once you have your blood sugar levels stabilized then adding exercise to your weight loss plan will help your body to release more of that stored fat turning it into energy that you expend during those walks, bike rides, or exercises at the gym or in your home.
While this won’t result in the dramatic weight loss that fad diets promise you, but rarely can deliver, it will help you to slowly and steadily take off those pounds without feeling hungry or tired and without getting stuck on those weight loss plateaus for long periods of time. This will result in far less frustration, and a better chance of sticking to that weight loss plan and reaching your weight loss goals.