Clean 9 is not likely to result in low blood sugar due to supplements containing chromium and other nutrients to boost fat metabolism. However, some individuals, due to genetics or physical condition, may find the first phase (days 1-2) too strenuous.
If you experience low blood sugar or fatigue while on the program, you should consider adding a healthy high-protein snack to your day rather than trying to stick it out under unhealthy conditions. Going too long with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can have immediate and long-term health effects including accidents and injuries from weakness and cognitive impairment. Signs of low blood sugar are shaky hands, faintness, and foggy brain. Operating with hypoglycemia makes you a danger to yourself and everyone around you (especially when driving).
If your physical makeup doesn’t allow you to cut as many calories as other people are able to, you should not attempt to lose weight at the risk of your personal safety. But this doesn’t mean you have to give up the program entirely. You can still enjoy the numerous benefits of Clean 9 by adding a health snack or two to your day. You may not lose as much weight in a short period, but you can still lose weight over a reasonable period of time without risking your health.
The good news is that Clean 9 will probably help to improve your overall health and blood sugar, allowing you to diet more successfully in future.
Guidelines for blood sugar stabilizing snacks on Clean 9
Snack occasionally in small amounts. Keep in mind that high caloric intake will sabotage your diet, but healthy low-calorie snacks promote stable blood sugar and good metabolism.
Ideal snacks for Clean 9 are:
- 1 hard-boiled egg
- A handful of nuts
- A small piece of lean meat
- 1 serving of cheese
- Deli meat wrapped in lettuce
- A mini cup of yogurt
- A cup of soy milk
How many snacks will sabotage my Clean 9 weight loss?
A couple of eggs or a few pieces of ham will not significantly derail your diet, but will probably make you feel better and provide nutrients to support activity and muscle tone. However, unrestricted snacking (e.g. taking handfuls nuts all day long or eating an entire pack of ham), may seriously diminish your accomplishment and even make you gain weight.
Moderation and self-control are important when administering snacks to yourself. Only eat if you absolutely feel that you need to rather than want to. If you have problems controlling your snacking, apportion your snacks into small Zip-Loc baggies or containers ahead of time so you won’t fall victim to the “Just one more” temptation.
Please note that we are not doctors nor nutritional experts but offer these tips to help you successfully navigate and complete the Clean 9 program. We make no guarantee or warranty as to the effectiveness of the above information and encourage you to consult a doctor and/or nutritionist to help you tailor the program to suit your individual medical and physical needs.