We all love it, well I know I do, sugar, that yummy white substance that gives a little buzz. Unfortunately this little white substance is making us fat! Yep, fat! I wish it wasn’t true, but sugar is the most likely number one reason why you are not losing weight, or why you keep putting on weight.
I cut added sugar from diet about 4 months ago, now I find if I eat sugar I want to be sick, my body wants it out and wants it out quick. I would have to say this is one of the best things I have done, as I no longer have those sugar highs or lows, which I am sure most of you are familiar with. I still eat sugar, but only in the form of natural sugar from fruits or honey. I even stopped consuming milk containing lactose, lactose being the sugar in milk, which of a lot of us are already intolerant to. From consuming lactose free milk or unsweetened almond milk (my preferred choice) I have found that I am less bloated, as our digestive systems often cannot process lactose properly, hence the bloated feeling after your morning coffee or muesli.
From not consuming sugar, I have lost weight around my abdomen area and hip area; I guess you could say that sugar is to blame for the dreaded “muffin top”? I would actually agree with this, as we generally store bad fat being visceral fat around our abdomen area which can play havoc with our metabolism. There actually is one good thing about visceral fat; yep visceral fat can easily be removed by eating the correct foods, taking part in an exercise program and most of all visceral fat will start to disappear if you quit sugar! I have had friends who used to eat a block of chocolate a night and wonder why they couldn’t get rid of fat in their abdomen area, only to stop consuming a block of chocolate a night and within a month suddenly have their waist re-appear! Surprising! Well not really, sugar is a harmful toxin that has absolutely no nutritional benefit.
Cutting sugar from your diet may seem daunting for some of you, but once you get through the initial “detox” stage you will notice a vast improvement on the way you feel each day, no headaches, not foggy mind, just a clearer happier you.
The first step is to cut out all foods you are consuming with added sugar i.e. soft drink, confectionery milk or white chocolate (85% dark chocolate is okay in moderation i.e. 2 – 3 squares per day), any processed foods and packaged foods (check the ingredients label for added sugar and/or sweeteners).
Cut out the above and make sure you are eating a balanced clean breakfast each day, as this will help with any sugar cravings you may have during the day. Don’t stress, if you’re having berries on your muesli, this is okay as berries are a fruit which actually contain less sugar than say a banana. Fruit in general I feel is okay as it is a natural sugar and as long as you are consuming fruit in moderation it won’t hurt you at all, i.e. berries on your muesli, berries in your protein shake, a banana pre or post workout. Don’t consume more than 1 – 2 pieces of fruit per day, if you must eat it.
There are so many reports and facts to back up how bad sugar really is. I will share some of these with you all in the coming weeks, as sugar is such a bad toxin that we should all have the right to be informed on how harmful it actually is.
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