Is Sugar making you fat?
There are so may reasons not to eat sugar that I am going to break this down into 2 entries. This first one will talk about weight loss. The next one about how sugar is responsible for a whole range of health problems. To view this article, enter here.
Firstly, let me ask you this question:
Are you overweight or at the very least, can’t shift the muffin tops?
Now let me ask you:
Do you eat a high fat diet?
Do you eat a high carbohydrate diet?
I personally don’t know anyone who eats a high fat diet. It is so hard these days with half the supermarket filled with low fat everything.
I personally do know lots of people who eat high sugar diets and this is why people are fat! If eating a low fat diet made you lose weight, then why so many fat people? Am I wrong? Think about your own diet.
When we eat/drink sugar or a food that turns into sugar, that sugar is delivered into our blood stream. This results in high blood sugar levels. Your body does not like high blood sugar levels, so it releases insulin from the pancreas. The insulin pulls the sugar out of the blood stream and delivers it to your muscles and liver and anything left over is stored as fat. There’s one more critical factor here. When there is insulin circulating in your system, your fat cells are immobilized. So when you eat sugar, you can bet that you won’t be burning any fat for up to 6 hours.
How does that sound? Eat sugar and don’t burn any fat for hours. Does that sound like something you want happening in your body?
I think it is funny when somebody tells me they love eating sweets and that it isn’t a big deal. They feel that so long as they are not eating loads of fat then they are fine. What a mistake. That sugar is converted to fat very quickly!
I do however understand that sugar is highly addictive and so should you.
Here are a few questions to determine whether you might be addicted to sugar:
Do you use sweets as a reward?
Do you eat sweets when you feel down or stressed?
Do you eat sweets even when you’re not hungry?
Have you said you are going to give up sweets but find yourself eating them a few days later?
Do you make jokes about how you just love eating sweets and don’t have an interest in cutting back?
Do you take a small bite of something sweet and then can’t resist eating the whole thing?
Do you ever binge on sweets?
What do you think, are you possibly addicted to the sweet stuff?
There are a whole range of problems that sugar can cause in the body and I will go through that soon, but for now, I only have one very, very important thing to say to all of you;
STOP EATING SUGAR OR FOODS THAT TURN INTO SUGAR AND START LOSING WEIGHT NOW!
What do I mean by foods that turn into sugar?
I am basically referring to the glycemic index. The glycemic index refers to how quickly a food turns into sugar in your body. The higher the ranking, the quicker it turns into sugar. Eating low glycemic foods are the best. Bear in mind that only carbohydrates are on the glycemic index because they are what turn into sugar. By carbohydrates, I am referring to anything from chocolate cake to carrots, weetbix to grapes, lollipops to strawberries. They all have different rankings and turn into sugar at different rates. You might be surprised at some of the findings. I recommend buying a glycemic book with charts or find a good webpage with charts on it to help you make wise choices.
Here is a little tip; When eating carbohydrates, try eating some fat and protein with them. This will slow the affect on the blood sugar levels as the body has to process everything together and isn’t just converting the carbs to sugar. Combining the fat and protein with the sugar dulls out the affect to some degree.
For example, combine your fruit with nuts, choose whole fruit over fruit juice, have protein on whole grain sandwiches.
Lastly, I just want to say again STOP EATING SUGAR OR FOODS THAT TURN INTO SUGAR AND START LOSING WEIGHT NOW!
If you think I may be wrong then I encourage you to stop eating sugar or foods that turn into sugar for 30 days and see what happens. What have you got to lose other than your gut?
To view my article on how sugar could be making you sick, enter here.