The Low Sugar Diet
The low sugar diet helps regulate glucose in the blood. Ideally, blood sugar levels must be moderated, even and stable so that one’s energy level remains consistent. The low sugar diet is usually recommended for Hypoglycemics. Hypoglycemia is a medical condition wherein the pancreas releases too much insulin as a result of a rapid rise in blood sugar resulting to an abnormally low sugar level. Apart from Hypoglycemics, anyone can benefit from low sugar diets because with this diet, energy is stored and used more efficiently by the body. Too much refined carbohydrates or sugar in the diet can cause erratic metabolisms and spikes in energy levels affecting one’s mood and behavior. Controlling sugar intake also helps keep your appetite and food cravings at bay.
When sugar intake is moderated, the body’s energy level is at its optimum. There are no spikes in the energy level and an individual can maintain a consistently active lifestyle.
Low sugar diets involve lowering the intake of refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates include white bread, white rice, potatoes, corn, breaded meats and others. Read food labels carefully as most processed foods contain hidden carbohydrates and added sugar.
Here are the main reasons people choose this diet:
- The diet teaches conscious eating and better food choices and ultimately leads to weight loss
- It does not require complete elimination of sugar from the diet. Some fructose and lactose are allowed, making the diet sustainable
- Limited intake of refined carbohydrates and processed meats lead to a more organic, healthier lifestyle
Disadvantages of the program include:
- The diet restricts some fruits and vegetables
- Dieters may not get enough of the required minerals and nutrients for the body to perform well