Hidden Insulin Triggers

Everyone knows that candy, cakes, and cookies will give you that “sugar rush” — which causes your body to release insulin to balance the rise in blood sugar. What you may not realize are the not so obvious foods that also trigger an insulin response — like white flour and starchy vegetables and fruits such as carrots, corn, squash, potatoes, and bananas. Even seemingly healthier sweeteners, like honey, can cause unwanted insulin spikes. The human body does not distinguish sugar from white flour, or potatoes, or honey. They all turn to sugar upon digestion.

The key to losing weight is controlling that insulin response by avoiding all sugary or high-starch foods. When we were younger, many of us metabolized these sugars without a problem; but as we age, our bodies can no longer process these sugars optimally. If you’re able to say no to these sugary foods, which provide quick and easy energy, then your body will go to the next available energy source — your stored fat — and break that down for fuel. The end result? You get slimmer.

Along with sugar and white flour, here’s a brief list of some of the starchy fruits and vegetables you’ll want to cut from your diet in the initial phases of the Sexy Forever Plan: acorn squash, beets, bananas, butternut squash, carrots, corn, Hubbard squash, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and yams. Don’t worry, they’re not gone forever — you’ll be able to indulge from time to time once you’re on the later phases of the plan.

You’ll also want to be careful about your beverages: Drinks like beer, wine, and hard alcohol may actually cause worse spikes in your insulin levels than indulging in a sugary treat.

The idea of cutting these delicious foods from your diet may cause you to balk at first — believe me, I know! But just keep your goal in mind: Think about the sleek, firm body you could have with just a little dedication. I promise you, cleaning stored sugar out of your system is 100 percent worth the sacrifice. I’ve been where you are and am here to tell you that cutting out these added sugars will get you in the best shape of your life. Every day can be a radiant day, full of energy, vitality, and good health. I am fortunate to feel this way, and soon, every day will be the same way for you!

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