Sugar = Toxic crap. It’s as simple as that. It provides no benefit to the body and causes chaos to how your body functions. Now you may be thinking that with all of the new sugar-free and diet alternatives out there that this isn’t a problem for you. Wrong. “Diet” alternatives are as bad, if not worse, than their full fat options – in order to make up for the flavour lost when they remove fat from products, they add extra sugar. And don’t get me started on “zero” calorie products.
So if you are like a large majority of the population and you want to get healthy, lose weight, and feel great, then do this: Avoid sugar and sugar free alternatives (and especially High-fructose corn syrup; and also packaged junk food).
Further, when I say sugar I mean the processed crappy kind – NOT your healthy fruits, carbohydrates, and natural sources. Yes you can argue that way back down the line sugar came from a natural source… but so does cocaine, and we don’t justify consuming that.
So what’s soooo bad about sugar?
Sugar causes your insulin levels to spike and then drop dramatically. This leads to feeling flat, tired, and in need of your next hit – kinda like cocaine. In fact studies on brain activity have even proven that the way the brain responds to sugar is similar to that of drugs. Only that sugar produces an even stronger reaction on brain activity than drugs. Scary huh?!
So how does sugar make you gain weight?
When you consume foods that are high in sugar, the body’s natural response is to store the leftover sugar into fat for storage at a later date. The way this occurs is that sugar is broken down into glucose in the body to use for energy. Excess glucose is then turned to glycogen which is stored in the liver and the muscle cells to be used as a secondary energy source. BUT when the glycogen stores in the body are full, the liver then converts this excess glycogen in to a triglyceride (a fat cell) which then gets stored in your fat cells (your adipose tissue) for longer term storage.
So what alternatives are there when you crave sweets?
Rather than reaching for sugary candies and liquefied sugar drinks, opt for healthier sweet treats in moderation such as:
- Homemade real food desserts
- Raw honey (in small servings)
- Raw chocolate
- Lower GI fruits such as berries, pears, apples etc.
- Dried fruit (in small portions)
- Naturally sweet vegetables such as sweet potato and carrots to curb your sweet cravings and halt the pounds from pilling on.
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To finish up you need to be aware that the food industry is clever. Companies use marketing and pretty green packages that are so deceptive at being able to trick you into thinking that something is natural and healthy when in fact there is loads of nasties lurking within the ingredient list. Never read labels – ALWAYS read ingredients. Sugar is often hidden in ingredient lists under other names such as maltose, glucose, fructose, dextrose and sucrose, so watch out for this nasty trick.
Have you given sugar the boot yet? Tell me all about your experience below.