It’s pretty common knowledge that eating sugar will spike your blood sugar levels. As you probably know, when your blood sugar goes up your body releases insulin–a hormone released by the pancreas–to help bring it back down. But let’s get to the important and hidden question behind this: HOW does insulin get all of that excess glucose out of your blood supply?
Most of us don’t think this far through the process. And that’s ok—after all, we’re not all physicians or nutritionists. But when it comes to weight loss, this is the key part of why cutting out sugar WILL help you to lose weight.
Insulin isn’t a magic eraser; it can’t just go in and miraculously “cancel out” all of that extra sugar in your bloodstream. Instead, insulin is more like a young child told to clean up their bedroom. Rather than throwing away the toys and blocks currently scattered all over the floor, the child is going to hide them away—shoving everything under the bed or precariously stuffing the closet beyond any reasonable capacity.
When we’re talking about weight loss, insulin cleans up just about as well as a child. Insulin takes all of that excess sugar and stashes it away. Sure, a small amount of that is going to go and replenish energy stores for immediate use in your muscles. But MOST of that sugar is going to get converted and stashed away as fat around your body. Like a child, insulin will just keep adding and adding to these stores of fat.
End result? Having your blood sugar level constantly elevated by eating a diet high in sugars and starches keeps your body in a mode where it is constantly STORING fat, rather than BURNING fat.
Cut the sugar and end the cycle. This is exactly what we focus on here at Personal Trainer Food.
Eating delicious and satisfying meals of meats, eggs, and non-starchy veggies will help you blood sugar levels will fall and stabilize so your body can start to burning stored fat for fuel.