Insulin And Insulin Resistance –
Why It Is Important To Know About Them
From conquering cravings to revving metabolism,
hormones are the key to zapping flab.
Here’s how to use them to your advantage.
Every time you down a carb-laden meal or sugary drink that makes your blood sugar skyrocket, your body responds by releasing insulin, whose job is to pull extra glucose, i.e., sugar from the bloodstream.
Overdo it on pasta, bread, or sweets, and insulin – which has been released on much larger scale than necessary multiple times a day – can cause those excess calories to be stored as fat. In some cases, extra pounds can lead to insulin resistance, a condition in which cells become less responsive to the hormone, and then to diabetes.
BALANCE IT OUT
You can control the amount of insulin your body produces and how well your cells respond to it by cutting back on foods that cause the biggest spikes in blood sugar.
According to a study in Circulation, soft drinks account for a full thirds of the added sugars in our diets. Nixing them is a great start. Processed, refined carbs like white pasta and bread, many desserts cause such spikes in blood sugar. Trade such refined sugar options for foods with more fiber per serving that will be a key ingredient for a more even-keeled insulin response.
Spacing out your meals and snacks so that you’re eating smaller portions at more frequent intervals throughout the day is another smart way to maintain consistent levels of glucose and insulin.
This post was made possible by Melinda Moyer.