This is the glycemic roller coaster. This roller coaster is not meant to give you those thrills and chills of a theme park ride. In fact, this roller coaster can wreak havoc on your body!
Let’s go through a typical day on this roller coaster. You wake up, and if it’s been at least 6-8 hours after your last meal you’re probably waking up to a growling stomach…your blood sugar is low and your body is ready for fuel! I would guess that many of you either do not eat breakfast or your breakfast might consist of things such as a coffee, bagel, muffin, cereal, toast, etc. Well, if you’re not eating your blood sugar is just continuing to plummet until you can’t handle it any longer and your grab the nearest food available (i.e., candy bar, soda, fast food)…and there goes your blood sugar, spiked! If you have eaten and the foods you chose were like those I mentioned above you have just spiked your blood sugar as well.
A little while later you come crashing down…you’re tired, hungry, lacking energy and maybe you have a headache. You’re blood sugar has just hit another low. Here we go again…get something fast! And….it’s a vicious cycle of blood sugar highs and lows.
If you’re doing this on a consistent basis you are putting your body under great stress. Those little insulin receptors that are responsible for grabbing on to the glucose in the bloodstream (taking it to be used as energy or storing it as fat) are getting so tired! Eventually those little receptors may stop working…hello Type 2 Diabetes! Not only that but every time you spike your blood sugar you are causing inflammation in your body and producing free radicals (BAD!) setting yourself up for a host of other degenerative diseases such as heart disease.
So not only have you started gaining weight but you have put yourself at risk for a myriad of health problems.
Take another look at the Glycemic Roller Coaster above. Notice the blue area? This is where you need to be to maintain a healthy weight, have more energy, keep those blood vessels healthy, and help reduce your risk of degenerative disease.
How do you do that?
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