The Vicious Sugar Cycle : How Eating Sugar Makes You Want More Sugar

The body is an amazing piece of machinery, it regulates what we do, what we need, and how we react to receiving it in ways we as humans struggle to comprehend. One thing that has become more and more apparent over the years is the way our bodies crave and use sugar. When we consume sugar the pancreas recognises this and releases the hormone insulin. The insulin released acts as a key to unlock our muscles and organs so that glucose and amino acids can enter our muscles for energy and/or recovery and growth.

When insulin is released, the sugar in the blood reduces quite drastically resulting in a compensatory drop in blood sugar. Low blood sugar is a problem because the free glucose needed to fuel is lower than required resulting in a slump in energy. In response to this slump our body then wants more energy, and this often manifests as a sugar craving. How you channel this craving is key, what I mean by this is this…when you next crave sugar, give it to the body but in the form that’s best suited to it. Your body’s blood sugar levels are peaking and troughing because of the fast releasing (High GI) sugars being pumped into it. So in order to stop this spiking and diving you should aim to consume a slower releasing sugar to drip feed the body with sugar. You see, there’s no problem giving your body sugar, just give it to it in the way it was designed to receive it!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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