June 14, 2004
| Weight Loss Program
Balancing Blood Sugar
Every time you gain weight, your set point
is nudged up. This point at which the calories you consume equal
the calories you expend, is related to insulin sensitivity. Insulin
enables blood sugar, or glucose, to move from the bloodstream into
cells to be used for energy. Blood sugar cannot enter cells when
they become insensitive or resistant to insulin. This affects everything
from energy levels to the ability to burn fat. This excess glucose
is converted to fat and stored as extra pounds.
One cause of insulin resistance is a diet high
in refined sugar and simple carbohydrates, such as white breads,
rice, pasta, cakes, and cookies. Strengthening the body’s ability
to use insulin can reestablish normal metabolism, and help the body
turn glucose into energy more efficiently.
The typical American diet is high in refined foods
and simple sugars and therefore low in chromium. Chromium is essential
for protein, carbohydrate, and fat metabolism. It increases the
number of binding sites for insulin on cells, providing more ways
for glucose to enter cells to be transformed into energy.
In one study, dieting women given chromium polynicotinate
experienced greater fat loss and maintained lean body mass better
than women who didn’t receive chromium. Research also suggests chromium’s
effects may be long term, providing benefits even after you stop
taking it. I recommend 200-400 mcg of chromium picolinate.
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