How To Lose Weight If You Have Low Blood Sugar
Have you ever felt a sudden burst of weakness in your legs? So much so that you start shaking and your brain gets foggy? Well, that’s what happens when your sugar levels drop and you can’t feel better unless you eat immediately and consume more than normal.
Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, is a condition which has no other treatment than to eat something right away. But that’s the thing, if your blood sugar is crashing frequently, you won’t be able to lose weight. So, what can you do?
Keep on reading to find out!
Eat 3 to 4 Meals
To keep your blood sugar levels steady, you must eat every 3 to 4 hours. When you don’t starve yourself for long hours, your blood sugar is unlikely to crash. However, your meals must be well-balanced.
If your meal contains only carbs, your sugar will spike and trigger more insulin release. Where insulin is known to regulate blood sugar levels, more insulin can also cause a dip post spike, also known as reactive hypoglycemia.
This is why your meals should have a balance between whole grains, proteins, and fats. For proteins, you can include chicken, eggs, fish and lentils whereas for healthy fats, use olive oils, seeds, avocado, and ghee. Wholegrain bread, oats and cereals are good carbs to have in your meals.
Include Proteins, Fats & Fiber
Eating a fulfilling meal is the key to satiety. Even if you are just eating a snack, always make sure that it has proteins, fats and fiber.
Unlike carbs, proteins take more energy to digest. Fats and fiber don’t empty out your stomach as quickly as carbs. As a result, you won’t feel those hunger pangs at unexpected times and your sugar levels will not crash or spike.
Patients with hypoglycemia are not recommended to consume a low-carb diet. However, moderation in carbs is essential to keep your sugar levels steady. As a rule, keeping them under 30 grams per meal is considered ideal.
You can always consult a nutritionist if you find it difficult to count your macros.
Eat Carbs with Low Glycemic Index
The glycemic index is an index of a sugar spike. The higher the glycemic index of a certain food, the more it will spike your sugar.
Carbs that are on the lower end of the glycemic index do not spike your blood sugar. Moreover, they take more time to digest. This is why they not only keep you full for longer, they also help you stabilize your sugar levels.
Always Eat Before Going Out
With hypoglycemia, you never know when you’ll need to eat something. So, if you are heading out, make sure you eat something.
Even restaurant reservations get canceled at the very last minute, so it’s always better to have a nutritious snack before going out. Apple and nut butter or a handful of nuts, and you’re good to go.
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