If you’re a pizza lover or obsessed with French fries — or vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting (my true weakness…), this blog is for you! We will explore chromium and how it helps block your body from absorbing carbs.
You may be asking, “What the heck is chromium?” Or maybe not. Either way, we’ve got you covered! So keep reading, especially if you’re struggling to lose or manage weight. Or if you’re looking to build strong, lean muscle mass.
Let’s start with exactly what it is. Chromium is a trace mineral that helps your body metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The best part — it helps block your body from absorbing carbs. Now that you know what it is, let’s understand why you should add it to your diet.
5 reasons you should add chromium to your diet
Chromium reduces cravings for carbohydrates.
Chromium can help reduce blood sugar spikes and crashes that can lead to cravings for carbohydrates, particularly sweet and starchy foods (YAY!). It does this by regulating serotonin and dopamine, the “feel good” hormones neurotransmitters in your brain. Balancing these hormones helps balance your mood and appetite, reducing the desire for high-carbohydrate foods. An improved mood and reduced cravings? Sounds like a win-win situation!
Chromium will help you manage your weight.
Chromium can help you manage your weight beyond just blocking the absorption of carbs. The mineral is well known for enhancing insulin sensitivity, which helps regulate your blood sugar levels. In other words, when we have excess blood sugar, our body stores that extra sugar as fat. And then the weight gain begins. See how that works? So you want to keep your blood sugar levels low and regulated. And chromium can help you do that.
Chromium will help reduce fat.
Chromium makes it easier for your body to process and use fats for energy rather than storing them as fat. So along with that fat burn, you’ll also get a burst of clean energy.
Chromium also helps prevent the storage of excess fat in your body. But it’s the blockage of fat particularly in the liver and muscle tissue that gives chromium a gold star. Blocking fat from these areas further improves insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism (see Reason 2!).
Chromium skyrockets energy levels.
Chromium helps your body better metabolize fat and carbs — your main sources of energy. And because chromium helps prevent excess carbohydrates from being stored as fat, that means… you guessed it — MORE ENERGY! And we already discussed lowering blood sugar, which helps your body better use fats and carbs for energy. This means long-lasting clean, steady energy without a crash.
Chromium may enhance muscle mass.
Chromium is your friend if you’re trying to build muscle and improve your body composition. First, it helps improve the absorption of amino acids. Amino acids are the main building blocks of muscles. Chromium also stimulates muscle growth and plays a role in recovery after exercise, a vital part of building lean muscle mass.
Where’s the carb-blocking chromium?
So now that you know a little more about chromium, you might be wondering where you can find it. Processed meats are actually high in chromium, but also high in risk for chronic diseases. So we don’t recommend adding salami sandwiches to your diet to get your daily recommended values of chromium. But, you can also find it in the following foods:
- Grape Juice
- Brewer’s yeast
- Brazil Nuts
- Whole Wheat
Supplements are a more convenient — and cost-effective — solution to adding chromium to your diet.
Carb Cut Complete helps reduce your body’s absorption of carbs and supports healthy blood sugar levels. The ingredients in Carb Cut Complete do more than just curb carb cravings and help keep blood sugar in check. They also help supercharge your metabolism and improve body composition.
Plus, it contains a premier form of chromium called Chromax® that is 15 times more effective than other forms of chromium. Whether you’re looking to improve your mood, combat cravings or boost your athletic performance, adding Carb Cut Complete to your routine is definitely worth considering.
Then you can enjoy those French fries and pizza — with ZERO guilt!