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What is a Low Glycemic Diet? Exploring the Glycemic Index

What is Insulin?
You might be wondering how blood sugar affects weight management. Blood sugar is also referred to as blood glucose, and glucose, you’ll remember, is our primary source of energy, broken down from carbohydrates during digestion. This entire process is supported by the production of insulin. 
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas and is integral to regulating the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. Insulin essentially allows your body to utilize the glucose you derive from carbohydrates. It supports the absorption of glucose by our muscles, liver, and fatty tissue.

The Benefits of a Low Glycemic Diet
By helping you maintain normal blood sugar levels, a low glycemic diet may have numerous benefits. Low glycemic eating helps to keep your body in fat burning mode, which may make it easier to manage your weight. Overall, however, a low glycemic diet may have positive effects on your health overall, including:* 
  • May support your body’s sensitivity to insulin,*
  • May support heart health,*
  • May help maintain normal cholesterol levels,*
  • May help minimize carbohydrate cravings,*
  • May help manage hunger and keep you full for longer,*
  • May help minimize energy crashes, and*
  • May help prolong physical endurance.*   
Low glycemic eating is more than a diet: it is part of a healthy and proactive lifestyle. However, it is always important to remember that diet is just one component. For instance, a low glycemic diet alone may help you manage your weight, but a combination of exercise, reinforcing positive habits, and finding a network of support are integral to attaining your goals. 
Along the way, you may also consider certain dietary supplements to support your low-glycemic lifestyle. TLS® Weight Loss Solutions features products that are designed to help you create your own success, tailored to your lifestyle and what works right for you. Some products that may supplement your diet include:

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