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Losing weight isn't just about reducing your calorie intake. It's also about changing the kinds of foods you eat — and that, in turn, can alter your insulin levels.

You may have heard that eating fewer carbohydrates is important to a healthy diet. That's not just because carb-rich foods such as breads, pastas and desserts are often high in calories. Carbohydrates have a complex effect on the body's blood sugar and insulin levels — and understanding that carb-glucose-insulin link can be key to adopting a successful weight-loss strategy.

Carbs, Blood Sugar and Insulin

The body breaks down carbohydrates into a type of sugar called glucose. Glucose, also known as blood sugar, is the body's primary source of energy. It circulates in the bloodstream to reach and fuel all the organs of the body.

Certain carbohydrates (such as sodas, juices and candies) are known as "simple carbohydrates"; they're converted into glucose very quickly, temporarily raising blood sugar levels beyond a healthy level. But the body has a method to correct this.

Insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, moves glucose out of the bloodstream and into the cells, thereby lowering blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels are high, the body releases more insulin. However, high levels of insulin also prompt the body to store extra glucose as fat instead of removing it through urine, according to the Mayo Clinic 1.**

Read more: List of Foods That Do Not Cause Insulin Release

Diabetes and Insulin

Why Is Too Much Insulin Bad?

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Controlling blood sugar levels through diet and exercise is usually the first step in managing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, according to the Cleveland Clinic 6.** These conditions occur when the body becomes insulin-resistant, meaning the cells are less sensitive to the insulin's blood-sugar-regulating effects. This results in high blood sugar, which in turn triggers the pancreas to produce even more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas can't keep up with the demand, leading to chronic high blood sugar.

People with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes can reduce blood sugar levels by following a carbohydrate-controlled diet. Lower blood sugar means the body needs less insulin. Low-carb diets can even increase the body's insulin sensitivity, according to Diabetes.co.uk 7.

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The Wrap Up

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