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Food Cravings and Blood Sugar

Can You Naturally Balance Your Blood Sugar and Beat Food Cravings?

Among the biggest challenges many people face when they’re trying to lose weight have to do with their food cravings. After all, if you’re trying to control what you’re eating and all you can think about is doughnuts, chocolate or chips, your cravings are working against you. You’re less likely to keep your eating under control and will end up consuming far too many calories if you give in to each craving.

Even worse is that many people who benefit from diet pills find that their advantages are held back by those same cravings. Therefore, they look into natural ways to beat those food cravings. What many people find is that the cravings are caused by fluctuations in blood sugar. This is particularly true when blood sugar levels spike and then drop.

It’s important to note that blood sugar issues don’t just occur among people who have diabetes. In fact, many people have blood sugar issues without even knowing it. According to figures from the American Diabetes Association, 1 in every 3 adults in the United States has prediabetes. This is a condition in which blood sugar levels are high, though not high enough to mean a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

Even with prediabetes, there are many symptoms and insulin dysregulation – usually in the form of insulin resistance – is usually the culprit.

That said, among people who are healthy and don’t even have prediabetes, simply overlooking the right steps to keep blood sugar levels even can lead to food cravings. Unfortunately, those cravings are rarely for foods that will help to balance blood sugar. Instead, they are usually sugary, which can lead to blood sugar spikes, which then crash once more and lead to further cravings.

Diet, a lack of adequate physical activity and stress can all contribute to fluctuating blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. The more cells are chronically exposed to high insulin levels, the less sensitive they are to insulin’s effects. The outcome of this can become insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance leads to a spectrum of potential metabolic problems. Among them is systemic inflammation, easier weight gain and tougher weight loss.

That said, with positive changes in diet, activity level, stress reduction and improved sleep can all help to reverse insulin resistance and overcome its effects. Before making any of these changes, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor as tinkering with your blood sugar levels can have unexpected effects if undiagnosed medical conditions are present.

Talk to your doctor about following a lower glycemic diet, improving your fitness level, getting better sleep and controlling stress.