The goal of the slow reintroduction of carbs is to keep blood sugars stable, thus preventing sugar “spikes” and the subsequent over-production and release of insulin. This “cause and effect” leads to insulin resistance and the cells no longer “hearing” Insulin’s message, which is to receive sugar to be used for energy or stored as energy. Aside from a blood test, early indicators of insulin resistance are an increase in hunger caused by the cells not receiving the energy that insulin is trying to deliver. This is why monitoring our clients hunger levels is important in deciding whether or not to advance 5 net carbs each week. But net carbs may not be the only factor that is causing hunger, which is why the Coaches’ Troubleshooting Guide to Hunger is an important document to use when reading our client’s weekly journals.