The Secret is Out: Losing Weight is NOT about Willpower…

Your body’s response to crashes in your blood glucose tells you to eat. How strong your willpower is has nothing to do with it.

The average American diet causes blood glucose spikes and crashes like a roller coaster.

Willpower

Crashes & Spikes in Your Blood Glucose Leads To:
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Inflammation
  • Depression
  • Lack of Energy
  • Sleep Issues
  • Muscle Aches and Pains
  • PMS
  • Joint Pain
  • Hormonal Issues
  • Menopausal Problems
  • Peri Menopausal Problems
  • Mood Swings
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Spikes = High-Glycemic Eating/High Blood Glucose Levels (Hyperglycemia): Your blood glucose levels spike too high due to high-glycemic eating, too much food, too little exercise and/or stress. This causes your pancreas to secrete extra insulin to lower the blood glucose levels.

    Symptoms:
    • Thirst
    • Hunger
    • Frequent Urination
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea
    • Blurred Vision
    • Headache
    • Nervousness
    • Confusion

    Crashes = Skipping Meals/Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia): Your body goes into a state of emergency. Your adrenals begin to secrete cortisol because your body is stressed. It knows it needs energy and needs to bring the blood glucose back up, so it craves simple carbs and sugars because they break down the fastest.

    Symptoms:
    • Shakiness
    • Sweaty
    • Hunger
    • Anxiety
    • Nervousness
    • Confusion
    • Lethargic
    • Weak
    • Acting Angry or Irritable
    • Slurred Speech
    • Headache
    • Urges/Cravings (not about will power)

    These spikes and crashes repeat throughout the day, over and over, like a sugar roller coaster.

    Your body actually prefers to keep your blood glucose levels in a narrow band. You can do this by following a low-glycemic lifestyle, exercising and stress management. A low-glycemic lifestyle means eating foods that release glucose more gradually into the bloodstream. There are many benefits to a low-glycemic lifestyle including: energy, weight loss, loss of belly fat, reduced inflammation, controlling diabetes and high cholesterol, reduced sugar cravings and healthy living.

    I was so relieved when I learned that giving in to my cravings was not because of my ”lack of willpower”. It was how my body was responding to the high-glycemic foods I was eating. I used to have so much guilt over my “lack of willpower”. Now, instead of feeling guilty I am focusing on creating a low-glycemic lifestyle and you can too!


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    6 Responses to The Secret is Out: Losing Weight is NOT about Willpower…

    1. Sammi says:

      Thank you so much for recommending this post to me. It’s a more than a little frustrating that my physician didn’t connect my hypoglycemia to my weight issues.
      I think my next step is to start a food diary to see exactly what I am eating and how it effects me physically – thanks!

      • No problem Sammi. I think that is a great idea. A food diary is important to helping you track your eating habits and how food effects your body. I just want people to stop beating themselves up about their “lack of willpower”! I would also recommend that you eat every few hours to keep your blood glucose levels even. Make sure it is something low glycemic. If you want to email me I would love to help you in any way I can!

    2. Lassa says:

      I am no expert here but from reading this and a few of your other posts today it looks like we are actually addicted to a few things without even knowing!?

      • Lassa, yes unfortunately, in my opinion, many people are addicted to sugar. This and the addiction to convenient packaged process foods is the reason for the widespread obesity in this country. I am trying to get the word out to others how many health benefits are related to a low-glycemic diet. A balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, complex carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats is ideal. Eating fresh, organic, local, whole foods, while reducing processed foods, practicing portion control and exercising is also key to living a healthful life. Thanks for your post! 😉

    3. Blaise says:

      I agree with this. I used to experience sugar crashes before I made modifications in my eating habits. I now feel a lot better and have already lost a few pounds.

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