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How can counting glucose spikes help with weight loss?

If you’re looking to lose weight, there’s always something new to try, isn’t there?

Plenty of diets, regimes, lifestyles. But nothing is an actual answer. Over time, we got pretty fed up with that feeling of will it work? And we’d put money on you probably feeling the same way... We wanted to know what was really happening inside our bodies, how the food we ate was being used. And we realised that understanding glucose levels was the key to that, and something that could really help in weight loss.

The different things we eat, the different times of day, the different combinations –they all create different hormonal responses in the body. And to add to the amazingness of the human body, everyone’s glucose response to the same foods is completely unique too, whatever the calorie content. So calories aren’t the be all and the end all, after all. Glucose is where it’s at.

An important little thing called insulin.

When glucose is detected in our bodies, the hormone insulin is released. It tells the body to use that sugar in the blood, or if there’s too much, to store it as fat. And when your glucose level drops, a signal is sent to use that stored fat for energy. So if your body is experiencing high glucose spikes on a regular basis, then your insulin is also going to be up. With chronically elevated insulin, you’ll perpetually be in a weight-gaining mode. And unless insulin levels are balanced, the body’s signal to burn stored fat will always be blocked.

The hidden stuff inside. Sense a theme here?

Yes, glucose is at the heart of maintaining a healthy weight. And this issue isn’t just inside the body… we are all constantly eating hidden sugar. Most of the food items we buy at grocery stores and restaurants are highly processed, with energy-dense content: high sugar, and highly refined carbohydrates. These foods have relatively low fiber and complex carbohydrates, which are the key nutritional components that keep your body full and satisfied. And so most of us don’t understand that this is why we have hunger cravings, or a never-ending desire for food. Sugar is even hidden under many different names, including 'healthy' sounding things like agave nectar. Because the food industry is so skilled at adding hidden sugars to everything we purchase, it is very hard for us to know how healthy or unhealthy the food we are eating really is. Or what it’s doing to our metabolism and weight.

Numbers do matter. But maybe not the ones you think.

There’s no doubt that losing 10% of your body weight is clinically significant. It can lower several risk factors for cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. But if we want to gain a greater understanding of how to lose weight or control it, then we need to go beyond what the numbers on the scale say and start to work on our metabolic health. This means we’re also healthy and balanced on the inside.

Metabolic health and weight loss also affect our immune function and mood, reducing symptoms of depression, arthritis, and sleep apnea, while improving our overall quality of life. But the best news of all is that a 10% shift in your weight can also be maintained through a lifestyle that you actually enjoy...no crazy feats of willpower required! And our next blog post will unpack exactly how you can do this, swapping those old-school numbers of calorie counting for tracking your blood sugar levels with Veri’s CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) platform.

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