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The Link Between Blood Sugar and Weight Loss

real food, lifestyle, weight loss, healthy eating, flavorThere’s a very large industry out there that markets to our desire or need to lose weight.  Social ingenuity is expansive and helpful for developing a diverse consumer base that has multiple benefits.

Eat For Nutrition

The basic needs of food, water, clothing, and shelter are already rising costs.  Why add to the staple of food with specific products-even though they are helpful for losing weight fast?  Why not go back to traditional food preparation and storage methods used for centuries, especially when it transforms foods into nutrient dense powerhouses?

In doing so, this prepared food actually decreases the quantity of food consumed since the body can readily absorb and use the minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes that weren’t available or even present before?

This food preparation and storage method adds beneficial bacteria into the food, which has the potential of healing digestion and increasing the good bacteria in the gut- both of which equates to fast weight loss that is sustainable.

It’s free.  In a monetarily driven commerce community, this easy weight loss doesn’t benefit anyone except the individual.   You.  Your body.  Your decisions.

Since you are already purchasing food, why not do something with it so that you lose weight when you eat it?

Food and Sugar Impact Your Brain

More often than not, the food you are eating is affecting your ability to NOT eat foods that will lead to weight loss.  Commercially produced foods need to be shelf-stable so that they are safe.  This means that added chemicals and sugars are required, and basically, that translates into brain manipulation through nutrition (or a lack thereof).

A poor diet, or a diet lacking in an adequate supply of nutrients, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes, will damage the digestive system.  The gut lining then becomes “leaky,” allowing foods’ ingredients to stray from the gut and enter into the blood stream.  Harmful chemicals interrupt the body’s network of systems.  Oftentimes, the body’s balance can be restored by reducing inflammation in the body.

“The small intestine is the largest organ in your body and two-thirds of your immune system lies within its walls. The small intestine continuously activates itself by sampling the molecules that pass through the intestinal lining.” (Huffington Post article by Leo Galland, M.D.)

The body requires sugar in the form of glucose as energy for the brain.  Cancer Treatment Centers of America discusses the role of sugar in the body:

“There is no conclusive research on human subjects to prove that sugar makes cancerous cells grow and metastasize. Avoiding foods with processed sugar is a good idea in general, but eliminating foods with natural sugar won’t stop cancer cells from dividing.

In fact, every cell in the human body, including cancer cells, need blood sugar in the form of glucose for energy. Most people associate the term “sugar” with the white sugar we put in coffee. When talking about biological processes, sugar is a general term for dozens of vital chemical structures in our bodies.

As Julie Baker, Clinical Oncology Dietitian at our hospital outside Atlanta, explains it: “Our bodies use glucose, the simplest unit of carbohydrate, as their primary fuel. Without adequate carbohydrate intake, our bodies will obtain glucose, or fuel, from another source. Possibilities include the breakdown of proteins we eat or proteins stored in our body, which may ultimately lead to muscle loss and malnutrition.”

 In a follow up article, she distinguishes the significance in understanding the difference between refined sugar (bad) and natural sugar (good) and how the body uses each in digestion and for fuel:

“Most of the processed foods we eat add calories and sugar with little nutritional value. In contrast, fruit and unsweetened milk have vitamins and minerals. Milk also has protein and fruit has fiber, both of which keep you feeling full longer….

The body breaks down refined sugar rapidly, causing insulin and blood sugar levels to skyrocket. Because refined sugar is digested quickly, you don’t feel full after you’re done eating, no matter how many calories you consumed. The fiber in fruit slows down metabolism, as fruit in the gut expands to make you feel full. 

But there’s a caveat, Baker says. Once the sugar passes through the stomach and reaches the small intestine, it doesn’t matter if it came from an apple or a soft drink.

“How much sugar is already in your blood will determine how the body uses the sugar,” Baker says. “If you already have a lot of sugar in your system, then what you just digested will form either fat or glycogen, the storage form of glucose that’s used for quick energy. It doesn’t matter if it’s junk food or fruit.”

sugar, addiction, health, healthy eating, healthy dietSugar, from any source, will either be used as energy or stored as fat.  The amount of sugar in the bloodstream at any point delegates how it is used.  Too much sugar bombarding the system at once or even at infrequent intervals will lead to weight gain and inflammation.

What happens then is an altered reaction to sugar in the brain as described in a well-known Huffington Post interview:

“When a person consumes sugar, just like any food, it activates the tongue’s taste receptors. Then, signals are sent to the brain, lighting up reward pathways and causing a surge of feel-good hormones, like dopamine, to be released. Sugar “hijacks the brain’s reward pathway,” neuroscientist Jordan Gaines Lewis explained. And while stimulating the brain’s reward system with a piece of chocolate now and then is pleasurable and probably harmless, when the reward system is activated too much and too frequently, we start to run into problems.

“Over-activating this reward system kick starts a series of unfortunate events — loss of control, craving, and increased tolerance to sugar,” neuroscientist Nicole Avena explained in a TED-Ed video.

Understanding Weight Loss

An industry full of diet plans and ongoing programs will most often lead you to believe that weight loss comes at a higher cost to those who want to be successful at effectively and permanently losing weight.  Nope.  Not true.

In contrast, a basic understanding of how the body digests and uses food will change that false assumption.

Simply supply the body with a steady, consistent supply of good fuel and you will see fast weight loss, especially around the waistline, as your body detoxes and learns to use good fuel.  Keep at it and the body will continue to utilize, or metabolize, food efficiently and then you will visibly see and feel sustainable weight loss for the years to come.

Without obsessing about weight and food, you will find the balance between your food and the need for more probiotics in the gut if and when it becomes imbalanced due to the introduction of sugar and simple carbohydrates.  The Cancer Center article ends with the Dietitian explaining how this happens:

“Whole foods stabilize your blood sugar and help you avoid energy spikes and crashes by delivering a slow, steady supply of glucose, which provides energy to every cell in your body.”

And while food isn’t free, it does become less expensive because your body won’t be consuming large quantities of it like it did when blood sugar levels were all over the place and inflammation triggered weight gain.  No, it is the quality of the food through its basic preparation method that will keep food costs down and weight loss up.

Replace “shelf-stable” chemical and refined sugar food with “stable” food for free and fast weight loss.  Most importantly, when your digestive system and sugar levels are stable, short bursts of whatever you want to eat really don’t have a tremendous impact on your weight.  But that’s something you might just have to experience in order to believe!

Cultured Foods and Bone Broth

fat and broth separation in homemade bone brothThe “stable” foods to which I am referring are Basic bone broth and cultured foods.  Bone broth is very nutrient dense, high in protein and everything else your body needs, stabilizes blood sugar levels, and keeps inflammation down in the body.

Are you a vegetarian? Read this post at Nourishing Plot about how to capture all the goodness of a bone broth without meat as a base.

When you “culture” a food, you are preparing it in a way that adds billions of beneficial bacteria into the mix so that they transform it into a nutrient-dense food that keeps blood sugar levels stable, digests available sugars, and works with other foods to control weight.

This process is called fermentation and has been used for centuries to prepare nutritious food and make it safe to eat without modern conveniences used to make food last a long time (on a shelf) and cut processing costs.

Cultured foods don’t look any different than other prepared meal ingredients!  Can you see the difference in these photos, all of which have some aspect of this basic preparation technique? (My teenage son had no clue that a majority of his dinner meals had bone broth included.)

Craving More?

Read my Welcome page and other posts on my site.  Within the posts, I’ve included quality links to other websites that will show you how to make your food Basic.  Food is fuel, with the sole intent of supply the body with nutrients and energy.   While there are many “modern” processed foods that keep kitchen duty to a minimum (yay!), you may be transferring that “saved” time to the time spent trying to lose weight.

Making any meal Basic = great for weight loss, is easy to do!  No need to revamp your entire style or taste preferences when your goal is to Reset Your Weight with food.  Simply add new flavors to your meals and/or prepare a meal or specific food in a new-but traditional, manner.  It can be as simple as using bone-in meats and then saving the cooked bone for a pot of bone broth.

Don’t let your sugar cravings dictate your ability to lose weight.  Nourish your body and brain with a steady supply of quality protein, whole grain and vegetable carbohydrates, and probiotics in order to stabilize your blood sugar.