Working out hard, but not getting the results you want, can be incredibly frustrating and demotivating. Could low blood sugar be the culprit? You may want to look at what you are eating and when you’re eating.
Common causes of low blood sugar:
- Working out on an empty stomach
- Eating too many carbs in one sitting: pastries, breads, fruit, etc.
- Eating a diet high in refined carbs, sugars, and trans fats
- Skipping meals because you are too busy or simply can’t be bothered, then binging later
Low blood sugar is interpreted by the body as possible starvation and it will trigger a ‘fight or flight’ response. Which means that it will be burn healthy tissue for fuel and store fat.
Some symptoms to look for: You always feel tired, you are slow to react during everyday activities or exercise, you find it hard to concentrate, you often experience headaches, you have constant cravings for sweets and carbs, you often feel anxious and nervous.
Remember that you should be fueling your body thought the day, approximately every four hours. It’s also important to note that we are not all created equally, so what your friend eats is not necessarily what you should be eating. We all require different proportions of carbohydrates fats and protein. Check out the book Eat, Move and be Healthy by Paul Chek or the Metabolic Typing Diet by William Wolcott and Trish Fahey if you are interested in learning more about this. Alternatively you can also visit me or any other C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach to get tested.
I have had countless clients amazed at the amount of energy and well-being that they experience when they stop following fad diets, and start eating properly and being good to their bodies.
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