For the majority of the public (myself included) weight loss is not about counting calories, nor is about reducing fat, it is about blood sugar control. As I’ve mentioned in a previous article blood sugar spikes lead to insulin surges and insulin surges lead to weight gain. Keep your blood sugar under control, and not only with this help with a plethora of health issues, but you will be able to eat more and still lose weight.
You may or may not have heard about the amazing benefits of cinnamon and it’s help in controlling blood sugar. I think Dr. Mercola summed it up well,
“For example, just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day has previously been shown to significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Another study found that the spice increased glucose metabolism by about 20 times, which would significantly improve your ability to regulate blood sugar. Cinnamon has even previously been indicated as a potential insulin substitute for those with type 2 diabetes due to a bioactive component with “insulin-like” effects.
Interestingly, cinnamon lowers your blood sugar by acting on several different levels.
It slows the emptying of your stomach to reduce sharp rises in blood sugar following meals, and improves the effectiveness, or sensitivity, of insulin.
It also enhances your antioxidant defenses. A study published last year stated that “polyphenols from cinnamon could be of special interest in people that are overweight with impaired fasting glucose since they might act both as insulin sensitizers and antioxidants.”
Yet another bioflavanoid compound called proanthocyanidin may alter the activity of insulin signaling in your fat cells.
Researchers have suggested people with diabetes may see improvements by adding 1/4 – 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to their food, and I see no reason not to give this a try if you enjoy cinnamon (along with doing the other essentials to improve diabetes, including eliminating fructose and grains from your diet and exercising daily).”
Wow, with all those amazing benefits who wouldn’t want to take cinnamon?
So as we venture down this easy path to weight loss, eating quite a few calories, the most important thing is blood sugar control. Cinnamon is just one tool in your tool box to utilize daily to keep your blood sugar down (I have several more.) Now, if you really love cinnamon you can probably manage to eat 1/2-1 teaspoon per day, but I think you’d soon grow tired of it. I purchase 1 pound bags of organic cinnamon and I purchase bags of size “00″ empty capsules. Make sure the cinnamon is organic, because almost all non-organic spices are now irradiated which may render their therapeutic qualities useless. Then I sit and fill capsules while watching t.v. or sometimes I just fill them as I use them throughout the day. Five “00″ size capsules (full) will hold one teaspoon of cinnamon.
The best way to take these capsules is with a full glass of water; then some food. Start with 1/2 capsule first and see how you do. Make sure the capsule makes it to your stomach, because having one burst in your esophagus is not much fun. I even notice when they burst in an empty stomach. I take a few capsules throughout my day, usually before a meal.
So order your cinnamon and capsules soon.