I wrote this blog last March, but I wanted to repost it as I added a couple of things. My challenge to everyone is to lower your sugar intake. Hopefully below will help you do that. 

If I said that sugar was a new substance that was looking for approval from the FDA, it would not pass, would you believe me? The more and more that I read and learn about sugar, the more I am convinced that it would NOT pass. The reason being is that it is both physically and psychologically altering. If anyone is doing my Bootcamp in Medford and wants to lose fat, reduce your sugar intake.

Here’s what sugar does to you:

  • Pure white sugar causes the body to dump a lot of insulin into your system. Insulin is the hormone that  causes your body to store fat.
  • Sugar causes blood glucose to spike then plummet. In other words, you get a “high” followed by  a crash.(energy to tired)
  • Sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
  • A high sugar diet actually results in a chromium deficiency in the body
  • If you need something sweet have some fruit.Yes it contains sugar, but it is a natural sugar with  naturally produced enzymes included that help you digest it.
  • Sugar causes tooth decay.
  • Sugar can cause gum disease, which can lead to heart disease.
  • Sugar weakens the immune system.(Try fighting a cold after consuming large amounts of sugar)
  • Sugar creates inflammation and free radicals, which ages us.
  • Sugar affects behavior and cognition in children.
  • Sugar increases stress and can cause depression.
  • Sugar takes the place of important nutrients.

So do you want to lose body fat? Try cutting out sugar and see what happens!

As you can see, sugar is bad news. If you want to lose fat, get healthy, feel better, and have a strong immune system, do yourself a huge favor, give it up!! At least try to limit the amount of sugar you consume per day. Work your way down to 50 grams or less per day. It will be very hard at first but once you kick the habit, you will be thankful you did.

 

Why is sugar sooo addicting?

There are many reasons why sugar is so addicting. I want to go over two of them.

  1. When we eat sugar(cookies, candy….) the body will release seratonin also known as "the Happy Hormone". Seratonin makes us feel happy and motivated. Once our body and mind feels this reaction, you can see why we crave it so much. Its literally like a drug and is extremely addicting.
  2. When we eat foods with lots of sugar we get hungry again much faster than if we eat a nutrient filled carbohydrate such as a sweet potato. The reason is because sugar is empty calories. There are no nutrients that the body needs in it. We eat junk food and feel full after. However our body is so smart that it realizes it did NOT get the vitamins it needs so we get hungry again. It becomes a cycle because our body will not be satisfied until we give it what it needs. This is another reason why people tend to binge on junk food. 

 

How can we beat the cravings?

  1. First of all the longer you can go without sugar, the easier it gets not having it. It will be hard but if you can get through 4-5 days without eating sugar (not counting fruits) you will be amazed how much your cravings have disappeared. 
  2. Drink lots of water. This will keep you feeling full.
  3. Eat fruit instead
  4. Chew sugar free gum
  5. Drink a chocolate protein shake
  6. Up your protein intake. Eating protein makes you feel full 
  7. Make it difficult to eat – Do NOT keep it in the house.
  8. Have a small scoop of Natural Peanut Butter – There is no sugar and it will satisfy your taste buds.

 

 

 

 

Written By: Dean Rafferty        Updated Date:     4/23/13