We understand that your diet plans can sometimes take a back seat to your sugar cravings. This is something that most folks can have trouble with. And yes, your diet can end up taking a hit. That inner need to feed the sugar bear that lies just under the surface can be a grizzly bear before you know it.
It’s important to understand how sugar plays a role in your weight plan & what exactly sugar is?
Definition: A sweet crystalline or powdered substance, white when pure, consisting of sucrose obtained mainly from sugar cane and sugar beets and used in many foods, drinks, and medicines to improve their taste.
If you’re like me and you’re at the mercy of your sugar tooth, weight loss can be a long and uphill battle. But the good news is that you can take control and own your sugar cravings.
Reason of leave sugar behind:
1) Sugar is one of the main causes of weight gain.
- Processed sugar is full of ‘bad’ calories and your body stores these ‘bad’ calories in your fat tissue.
- That tasty treat that you know you shouldn’t eat, is most likely full of amino acid and glucose (sugar).
- One of the biggest issues with taking in so much sugar in your diet is that you are not eating the right foods and then that leads to putting on more weight.
2) Sugar contributes to Diabetes, Kidney and Heart problems.
- Too much sugar can also have a devastating affect on your pancreas and it’s ability to execute correctly.
- Candy and other bad foods that contain sugar will lead you down the wrong path and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- When a person consumes food that causes an increase in blood sugar, your system creates a lot of insulin in-order to handle the increased levels and will attempt to remove it from your bloodstream. This can bring on diabetes.
- Your kidneys will slowly break down as your blood sugar level increases over a period of time.
- Protein molecules are moved through your kidneys leading to larger amount of glucose and eventually destroying your kidneys altogether.
- Long-term problems arise when people who suffer from diabetes do not change their eating habits.
- Kidneys are susceptible to severe damage when having to deal with too much sugar over a long period of time.
- This can result in kidney failure, which can have serious effects on your over all health.
- For many decades now doctors have been telling us that the connection between heart disease and sugar is not only real but is deadly.
- Simply stated; that you can draw a straight line between sugar and heart disease.
- Studies have found that over 20% of people who use sugar (over and above recommended amounts) are 3 times more likely to suffer from heart disease.
- When we consume food and beverages that contains added sugar such as soft drinks, bakery goodies, salty snacks and candy bars etc., we increase our risk of metabolic syndrome and heart disease.
3) How much sugar is safe to eat.
- We contacted the American Heart Association and they explained to us that less than 5% of your daily calories should come in the form of sugar and no more.
- A regular can of Pepsi Cola that contains close to 40 grams of sugar alone. Drink that can of Pepsi along with a bag of chips and a candy bar and you’ve almost exceeded you weekly sugar in-take in one day.
4) What can you do to help with your diet.
- Drink Water! There is no better liquid to put into your body than water. You are made up of 78% H2O. So it would only stand to reason that you would need to replenish your body with a constant in-take of water.
- Decrease the amount of sugar you add to your coffee and tea (here’s a hint> try eliminating sugar from your caffeinated beverages altogether) and see if can you enjoy it that way. It may take a little time to get used to the taste without sugar, but you’d be surprised how easily you can train your taste buds.
- When you’re at the super market, buy whole-grain cereals instead of ones that are laced with sugar. If need be, you can always add your own sugar at home and this way you have control over the amount of sugar that is in your breakfast.
- Another way of reducing your sugar in-take is to simply eat smaller portions.
Good luck with your weight loss program and take care.
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