One of the biggest factors when it comes to weight loss success is balanced blood sugar. Whenever we eat something, our bodies convert the carbohydrates into glucose. If the foods what we’re eating have a lot of simple sugars in them, our body is flooded with glucose and responds by releasing insulin into the bloodstream so that the sugar can reach the cells. If we eat too many foods that flood our bloodstream, we release too much insulin and our blood sugar crashes.

Here are 8 tips to help you balance your blood sugar so that you can optimize your weight loss.

Make Sure That You’re Choosing The Right Foods

Paying attention to what foods you’re putting in your body is the first step. In order to keep your blood sugar stable with every meal, you need to balance your macros. That means eating a healthy fat, a fiber, and a protein.

Proteins come in many forms, such as fish, beef, eggs, poultry, and dairy; whole wheat, green vegetables, and fruits are great for fiber; healthy fats are nuts and seeds, olive and coconut oil, and butter.

Choose Your Carbs Carefully

It’s impossible to completely avoid carbs, but things like white flour and sugar are guaranteed to spike your blood sugar when they’re consumed. If you want to eat something sweet to satisfy your sweet tooth, try and eat it with a protein so that your blood sugar doesn’t spike so badly.

Snack Between Meals

Eating healthy snacks between meals will not only help keep you feeling satiated until it’s time to eat again, it’ll also help keep your blood sugar levels in check. Try to choose snacks with both protein and carbs. Packing your own snacks is also a good plan because if you already have something to eat with you, you’re less likely to indulge in those sugary snacks kept at the office.

Say No To Stimulants

You might love your morning coffee, but – while it may seem like it – it doesn’t necessarily love you back. Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and other stimulants affect hormones that are connected to your blood sugar, so avoiding them will help keep everything balanced.

Try Incorporating ACV

It’s a bit of an acquired taste, but apple cider vinegar has been shown to reduce blood sugar spikes. 2 oz with each meal can do the job according to this study.

Remember To Eat Breakfast

The first meal of the morning has long been associated with being the most important meal of the day, and it’s good advice. Your blood sugar levels have slowly been decreasing while you’ve been sleeping peacefully and eating breakfast (ideally with a healthy fat and a protein) as soon as you get up to help balance everything again.

Get Up And Move!

Exercise will initially lower your blood sugar, but it will help your body become more responsive to insulin in the long run. It’s important to remember to eat something around the time you work out too, otherwise, your blood sugar levels will drop and you’ll begin to feel lethargic.

At the end of the day, the weight loss will just be a perk – Balanced blood sugar levels help you focus, give you more energy, and can even help you feel more stable.

Have you been paying attention to your blood sugar levels?

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