What Happens When We Eat Low in Sugar, High in Protein?

Written by Susan Fox, Health Writer

When you make a diet change that goes low in sugar, the first thing you may notice are sugar cravings. That’s your brain arguing for its habitual reward, not a genuine need for food.

What happens next is more interesting. You’ll likely notice a more positive mood, abundant energy, and other rewards of a low glycemic, high protein (LGHP) diet, such as:

  • Better management of blood sugar levels
  • Lowering the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Resetting of the appetite and reducing cravings
  • Greater mental clarity
  • Increased sense of well-being and overall health
  • A desire for increased activity
  • Weight loss and burn-off of stored body fat

These are impressive benefits that all of us would like to experience. What goes on inside our bodies that make this possible?

By consuming low sugar, or low glycemic index (low GI) foods, your body experiences a more gradual and more moderate rise in blood sugar levels. High GI values cause a sharp, more sudden rise and fall of sugar levels.

When blood sugar rises rapidly, a breakdown in normal metabolism may be indicated. Sudden blood sugar spikes can cause lethargy and hunger and may point to a need for weight loss.

Over time, this can lead to type 2 diabetes, blood vessel damage, and its many complications. The organs most at risk include the heart, brain, eyes, nerves, and kidneys.

Why wouldn’t everyone choose to be healthier and feel better by eating a low GI diet? Sometimes, the fear of hunger or cravings holds us back from trying to improve an overweight issue or a less than healthy lifestyle. 

We don’t want to say “no” to ourselves.

But cravings are temporary, and you can combat those pesky pangs quickly. For starters, offer yourself a full, healthy meal when those munchies first call. Chances are, you won’t really want it because you’re not truly hungry, and you’ll soon tune in to realize the difference. 

Other adulting tips include:

  • Drink a full glass of water.
  • Artificial sweeteners may prompt cravings. Avoid those and other triggers, too, such as window shopping the bakery section of the grocery store.
  • Keep your mind focused on other things. Take a walk, call a friend.
  • When you need a sweet, eat a piece of fruit. It's all-natural and adds nutrition and fiber as well.
  • Don’t get too hungry. Eat when you need to and eat healthily.
  • Eat a high protein food. Keep healthy protein snacks at hand – nuts, edamame, turkey, tuna, a boiled egg.

Mix up an Almased nutritional shake to combat hunger and cravings. The formula is low GI (27), high protein (27g), and has been shown to increase the body’s metabolism and feelings of satiety.

Effects of a High Protein Diet

When it comes to building and keeping muscle mass, eating high protein foods is the way to go, and most everyone knows it. But did you know that by the age of 60, many adults lose about 30% of their muscle mass? 

The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, and less fat gets stored in the body. So, when you lose muscle mass through the aging process, your body doesn’t burn as many calories: the result - more belly fat. 

Almased and a high protein diet plan works to reduce the production of the hunger hormones ghrelin and leptin. These two hormones play a significant role in energy balance and appetite suppression, leading to a natural reduction in calorie intake, and therefore, weight loss.

High protein diets sourced from red meat and full-fat dairy products add to cholesterol levels, which may increase the risk of heart disease.

Wise protein choices include soy protein, kidney, and black beans, lentils, nuts, fish, lean beef, poultry, and pork, and low-fat dairy. The Almased Weight Loss Phenomenon™ is an excellent source of mainly non-GMO soy protein and part-skim milk yogurt.

The unique fermentation method and all-natural combination of plant-based protein, cultured yogurt, and enzyme-rich, raw honey – make Almased the best choice for a healthy LGHP meal replacement, weight loss, and weight management.

Scientific studies have shown that the Almased LGHP meal shake:

  • Supports healthy blood sugar levels 
  • Reduced the release of appetite hormones ghrelin and leptin
  • Reduced hunger pangs
  • Increased feelings of satiety
  • Optimized fat-burning

Say “yes” to healthy changes. Say “yes” to Almased.

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