Sugar – it’s a hidden enemy!
There has been so much debate over sugar recently and we are now realising just how bad it really is for us.
Unfortunately its added to almost any pre packed food in many different forms and can be called all sorts of different things to hide it from being found. Sneaky huh!
Here at Urban Fitness Blackburn Gym we suggest limiting your sugar consumption predominantly for clients wanting to lose body fat but its also very important for general health, diabetics and especially our teeth.
Refined sugar actually contains no fiber, no minerals, no protein, no fats, no enzymes. Just empty calories.
So why is it so bad?
Well eating sugar causes a sudden rush of insulin into the blood stream, which in turn inhibits the body’s ability to release fat to be burned for fuel and may even lead to fat storage.
Obviously, this effect will put a serious halt to your fat loss goals regardless the type of training at Urban Fitness Blackburn Gym you are doing.
Oh and just to mention it those sports drinks that you have been consuming thinking your doing the right thing… Yeh well that’s why you have lost absolutely no body fat at all! Just saying!
Even individuals who are not concerned with fat loss should seriously consider some of the other terrible effects that sugar causes.
Because it is nutritionally incomplete, your body has to use other vital nutrients from healthy cells just to metabolise it. If left unchecked, this can cause your body to become highly or over-acidic. To compensate for this over-acidic state, our bodies try to use other nutrients from the body to balance itself out causing a host of diseases and problems.
If that’s not enough to halt your sweet-tooth, wait, there’s more. Many times, the body also uses calcium to neutralise the sugar and has to use so much of it that it leads to osteoporosis or even gallstones.
The average person can digest 2-4 teaspoons of sugar daily. How many teaspoons of sugar are you ingesting each day in your fruit juice, fat-free cookies, yogurt, sauces or marinades, fat-free ice cream, etc?
The news is not all bad though. If you can resist sugar for 72 hours, this will give your blood sugar level time to stabilize and those strong sugar cravings will go away with supportive meals.
You might be surprised at some of the ways sugar is hiding in the foods you eat. Sugar comes in many forms and in an ingredients list, it can be listed as a number of things.
Obviously, if the ingredient has the word sugar in it, it’s a sugar, but you should also watch out for ingredients that end in the letters “ose”. These are all sugars: Sucrose, dextrose, fructose, galactose, glucose, lactose, levulose, maltose — the list goes on, but I think you get the idea.
Also watch out for the following ingredients: Carob power, corn syrup, dextrin, honey, maple syrup, milk chocolate, molasses, sweetened condensed milk, turbinado.
This is not even a complete listing, but I believe it does a good job of illustrating how easily sugar can be hidden in our diet. Also one last point, if a product says “no sugar added”, it does not mean it is sugar-free.
It just means that no “additional” sugar was added beyond that which was naturally occurring.
Curbing your sugar intake will massively affect your ability to lose weight and with just a little time, your cravings will go away too!
If you would like to know more about the effects of sugar and how to eat to see amazing results then we are holding a FREE Paleo Nutrition seminar at The Urban Fitness Blackburn Gym with our fantastic Blackburn Personal Training team.
Simply CLICK HERE to register on our Facebook events page..
Hurry its FREE but it is limited to 40 places!
Also interested in a program that teaches everything you need to know about eating clean and sugar free? If so CLICK HERE to find out more about our LEAN DOWN Challenge starting in early March.