If you are on a figure competition diet and training program and are experiencing some blood sugar highs and lows, you may want to pay particular attention to what I have to say so you can learn how to manage low blood sugar episodes.
As you are well aware, a figure model body is built through a strategic diet that is free of sugar and other processed and refined food items. Your eating plan should contain a variety of whole and natural foods that feed and nourish your body for muscle building and recovering purposes and to allow you to manage low blood sugar.
Processed sugar is the white devil. It’s EXTREMELY addictive and it triggers a LOT of other problems. It’s okay if you eat processed sugar once in a while, but the problem is that it’s so addictive that once you start, it’s extremely difficult to stop. This leads to a roller-coaster of cravings, binges, and mood swings.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that one of the hardest things to do in a figure prep diet is to get off of the white devil, SUGAR! In fact, most people, including a lot of athletes, are totally unaware of how much sugar they actually eat on a weekly basis in the form of pasta, bread, soda, frozen meals, little cheats here and there, and even in processed food. What’s even worse is that many popular foods contain hidden sugars such as ketchup, pasta sauce, low-fat salad dressings, steak sauce, etc.
To get in figure model condition, lose nagging body fat and that nasty bloated feeling, it will be vitally important for you to wean off and totally remove sugar from your eating program.
By Managing Blood Glucose Levels You Can Lose Fat More Readily…
Weaning off refined sugar, followed by cutting it out of your diet completely can be like de-toxing from a drug. Wikipedia.org discusses sugar, “Sugar addiction is the term for the relationship between sugar and the various aspects of food addiction including: “bingeing, withdrawal, craving and cross-sensitization”. Some scientists assert that consumption of sweets or sugar could have a heroin addiction like effect.”
Some sugar withdrawal signs include headaches, fatigue, irritability, depression, and even sugar and carb cravings. Even so, you can take some simple steps to manage these symptoms so you don’t crash and burn. This will allow you to stay ahead of the sugar mind game.
Natural Tricks of the Trade to Manage Low Blood Sugar
Tip #1 – Eat Balanced Meals (Make Sure You Understand This…)
One good way to overcome the sugar withdrawal dilemma is to make sure you are eating balanced meals every 3 hours or so. A balanced meal is not a banana or a chicken breast. A balanced meal consists of a balance of macronutrients such as a complete protein, a complex carb, and an essential fat. Group at least 2 macronutrients together to form a balanced meal.
By feeding your body a balance of nutrients every few hours you will be able to ward off and mange low blood sugar dips, and this will help you to maintain and control your diet, blood glucose levels, and cravings. Pretty cool, huh?
Tip #2 – Don’t Just Drink Water, Hydrate Yourself (Pay Particular Attention To This)
Another way to stay on top of your program and lose fat and to avoid the white devil’s temptations is to drink a LOT of water. By drinking a lot of water you will keep yourself fuller longer and avoid dehydration.
On top of that, the extra water intake will also flush fat and toxins right out of your body. You see, water attaches to sodium, and therefore the more water you drink, the more water you flush out of your body.
Tip #3 – Natural Supplements (Don’t Overlook This)
To further keep a handle and manage the sugar withdrawal effect, try some basic natural supplements such as Garcinia Cambogia combined with Chromium Polynicotinate. These two natural supplements are a powerful duel to combat hypoglycemia, hunger and sugar cravings. Another natural supplement to try is Glutamine. Take 5-20 grams a day before and after exercise, between meals, and before bed.
The sugar withdrawal effect is temporary and should pass in about a week if you are 100% committed to your figure prep diet. Once you overcome the first week of abstaining from sugar completely, your energy will return and your sugar cravings will have vanished.
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Karen Sessions – Figure Coach
(Article, 3 Tips on How to Manage Low Blood Sugar, Written by Karen Sessions)