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Weight Control & Blood Sugar Balance

Weight Control & Blood Sugar Balance

For some reason, people still seem shocked that overeating and living a sedentary life makes them overweight. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that we simply eat too much and move too little. The fact that we eat too much sugar, grains, and sweets makes everything worse. Obesity is the biggest health problem facing humanity in the 21st century. 

Being overweight increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, senility, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, colon, breast & prostate cancer, and death from all causes. Carrying weight abound your belly (abdominal fat) is much worse than being overweight generally. Indeed, if your belly (measured at your belly button) is larger than your hips at their widest, you are a greatly increased risk, no matter your total weight.

What makes matters worse is that most research data now suggests that if you lose weight your risk of all those diseases does not go down at all and may even increase. It appears that when most people lose weight, they lose muscle mass and this makes them less healthy than before they lost weight. Also with less muscle mass, your baseline metabolic rate is actually lower and your risk of regaining the weight you lost and more is higher, but the weight you put back on is mostly fat. Every time you lose and regain your muscle-to-fat ratio gets lower and lower and you get less and less healthy. If you plan to try to lose weight it is important to consult a qualified professional and to monitor body composition. Exercise is a critical element in proper weight loss as well. It is almost impossible to lose weight safely with diet alone.

Two diets appear to be useful therapeutically for most people to lose weight while maintaining muscle mass:

  1. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet that eliminates all starches (grains, potatoes, etc) and table sugar, and 
  2. The Low Carbohydrate Diet (includes diets like Atkins, Dukan, South Beach , etc) that reduces total carbohydrate intake to less than 40g per day

Certainly, the SCD diet is less restrictive since it allows fruit and most people do lose weight on it, but the Low Carb diets usually produce more rapid weight loss.

Balancing blood sugar is a separate but related issue to obesity. Eating too many grains and sweets causes wild swings in blood sugar that contributes to fatigue, mood swings, and overeating. Reactive hypoglycaemia is a condition where individuals feel that they must eat every 3-4 hours or they get light-headed, irritable, and exhausted. In reality, reactive hypoglycaemia indicates inadequate functional levels of magnesium or active vitamin B6 or both. Eating a low glycaemic load diet while consuming foods high in magnesium and B6 or supplementing with them can often eliminate the paroxysmal drops in blood sugar associated with reactive hypoglycaemia.