Blood sugar and low-carb diets

Let’s say you are eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). This means that your diet is loaded with high-carb foods. Things like:

  • pizza
  • ice cream
  • cookies
  • soda
  • breakfast cereal
  • chips
  • bread, anything with flour really: cake, pancakes, cupcakes, muffins, biscuits, etc.
  • pasta
  • rice
  • potatoes
  • corn
  • sugary sweet yogurt
  • sugary sweet coffee drinks
  • And so on…

Not only are you eating a lot of carbs, but you are eating carbs that digest very quickly and load the bloodstream up with glucose very quickly (also known technically as high glycemic index foods). Your body has to respond to all of this glucose, and for your body it can become a big burden (it will eventually cause type 2 diabetes if you eat a lot of high GI foods over time – your body stops being able to handle the load).

Glucose spikes can also lead to strong hunger pangs throughout the day, as your blood sugar oscillates. Eat a big, sugary cookie or a sugar-loaded coffee drink at 2PM and: a) you may find that you immediately want more than one, and b) an hour or two later your body wants more sugar (and it tells you this with hunger pangs).

One great way to eliminate these problems if to go on a low-carb diet. Now you don’t have sugar coming into your body any more. As this page puts it, “Meats and fats don’t have a glycemic index because they do not contain carbohydrate.” Neither does water, especially when compared to soda, fruit juice, milk, etc.

For me, in my body, the biggest benefit of a low-carb diet is the dramatic reduction in hunger pangs, cravings and binge eating. My appetite goes way down, and I can gain control of my eating. On a low-carb diet I can use a food diary and I can run a calorie deficit and it works! I lose weight consistently. When I am on the standard American diet, I am eating way more than I should because of constant hunger pangs, cravings and binge eating.

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