Are carbs wrecking your weight loss efforts and causing your blood sugar to be erratic?
The short answer is yes and no.
If you’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or are at risk for prediabetes (have a family history of prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, had gestational diabetes, or have belly fat), you’re going to want to keep reading. If you crave sugar and carbs all day long then the explanation you’ve been looking for is coming.
Have you heard of the keto diet? Ha, just kidding. Of course you’ve heard of the keto diet.
You might’ve also heard of Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diets. This is different than keto but still in the same family.
No matter what weight loss method you look at these days, the diet industry is leading you to believe carbs are the enemy.
The diet industry’s got it all wrong.
Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient that our body needs to survive. If you’ve tried to cut carbs from your diet then you know how crappy you feel. That crappy feeling was your body telling you that you weren’t feeding it what it needs.
Ladies, you need carbohydrates for your hormones to function properly. If your hormones (thyroid, cortisol, and insulin) aren’t circulating in your body the way they should, losing weight and getting your blood sugar under control will be an uphill battle that you won’t win.
So what’s the answer? You want to stop craving sugar and carbs. You need to lower your blood sugar. You want to reverse or prevent prediabetes. You definitely don’t want your prediabetes to turn into Type 2 Diabetes. Not to mention you’d like to lose weight.
The solution is portion size, not elimination.
I call it “eating smart”. Eating smart refers to portions on a plate. Think of your plate divided into four equal parts.
One part (¼) should be filled with protein. Think chicken, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, turkey, eggs, and fish.
Another part (¼) of the plate is your carbs. Go for starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, beets, carrots, and any gluten free grain.
The rest of your plate, which is half, should be piled with all the low-glycemic vegetables you can manage. Anything green and leafy is a good place to start. Cabbage, brussel sprouts, green beans, eggplant, radish, peppers, and tomatoes to name a few are other examples. Go to town on these. Skies the limit. The more the merrier.
Don’t forget the fat. Saute or roast your vegetables in avocado oil, butter, or ghee. Add a side of avocado or a few nuts. Grass-fed beef and fish are good fat sources, so those count here too.
For all you visual ladies out there, you’ll want take a look at my free resource The Ultimate Guide to End Sugar & Carb Cravings. I lay out the process on how to build your plate to balance blood sugar and put the kibosh on sugar and carb cravings. The process in the guide is simple and sustainable. If you follow the steps, constant hunger will be a thing of your past.
You might be a professional dieter. You’re conditioned to measure and weight food. You find comfort in knowing exactly how much of something you need to eat. You don’t trust yourself when it comes to food.
This is the part that freaks woman out.
I’m not into measuring and weighing food. Measuring and weighing food isn’t a realistic way to eat or live. In my opinion, it takes the pleasure out of eating and causes stress and anxiety because you’re trying to get it “just right.” Stress causes you more harm than good and will lead to weight retention, not weight release.
I advocate my “smart eating” approach because you can do it anywhere. The stress of getting it perfect is out of the equation. It’s something you can do for the rest of your life because it’s sustainable.
Sustainable is the name of the game. If it’s not a way of eating you can imagine yourself being 80 and still maintaining, then forget it. It’ll be like all the rest of the diets. It’ll work for a short time and then you’ll end of having to find something new because your dieting approach wasn’t sustainable.
I’ve made the process easy for you. No more wondering what to eat. My free resource The Ultimate Guide to End Sugar & Carb Cravings will lead you through the simple process of building your plate with food that will lower your blood sugar, eliminate the spikes, and get your sugar and carb cravings under control.
Read Are Carbs the Enemy? Part 2 to get the scoop on what carbs to avoid and which ones you should have a green light on.