Sugar is addictive; according to all of the studies and research that I have read over the past couple of years, there are no buts about it. Guess what, I fight sugar addiction daily, it’s like a drug for me. The more I get the more I want.
I read a book called “Belly Fat Free” by Josh Bezoni. While there are many “Obesity Additives” that Josh discusses in his book, “sugar is public enemy number one”. He calculates that an average American eats 140 pounds of sugar per year, about 173 grams per day.
Let’s take a look at soft drinks, energy drinks, Frappuccino, and fruit juices to name a few. A 12 ounce portion that shows 40 grams of sugar in the nutritional content is equivalent to 10 teaspoons of sugar. (10 TEASPOONS) (A very popular brand of Frappuccino has 31 grams of sugar in a 9.5 ounce bottle. They proudly claim on the front of the bottle, 200 calories per bottle. What they don’t say, is that all of those calories are pure sugar.)
The American Heart Association recommends limiting sugar intake to no more than half of your daily “discretionary calories” (added sugars and solid fats in food, drinks and alcoholic beverages): No more than 100 calories per day for women (about 6 teaspoons per day) and no more than 150 calories per day for men (9 teaspoons per day). One 12 ounce drink has more than the recommended daily allowance. I don’t know about you but, I can name people in my life that consume several energy drinks per day. Keep in mind this is discretionary calories. According to Josh Bezoni’s Belly Fat Free research, most women should consume no more than a total of 25 grams of sugar per day and men, no more than a total of 37.5 grams of sugar per day.
High intake of added sugar is linked to many poor health conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Higher risk for heart disease
- Higher risk for Stroke
- Seek out the nutritional information. Read the sugar content in everything you eat and drink. Sugar is hiding in everything. “Low Fat” products are stuffed with sugar; read the labels. I was shocked to learn that the skim milk I was drinking had 12 grams of sugar. MILK? Really?
- Start cutting back-with addictions comes withdrawal side effects. When I made the decision to cut back on sugar I dropped down to 5 grams of sugar per serving in any processed food, however, I don’t limit sugar in whole fruits, veggies and honey. And yes, this was an extreme drop in sugar for me but when I consume anymore than 5 grams per serving I was still craving and wanting sugar. I did suffer mood swings, cravings, headaches and nausea. BE SURE TO SEE A DOCTOR OR LICENSED NUTRITIONISTS BEFORE MAKING DRASTIC CHANGES. IT’S PROBABLY BEST TO START TAPERING DOWN SLOWLY TO AVOID HEALTH CONCERNS. THIS IS NOT A JOKE.
- BEFORE DRASTICALLY CUTTING BACK, SEE A DOCTOR. Have a blood test performed and seek advice on how to cut back safely. There may be some underlying health concerns from chronic sugar abuse that may need some medical attention.
- Chase the Devil out of your pantry-throw away processed food with high sugar content. The more natural the food source the better.
The Best Side Affect
The best side effect you will experience while cutting back on sugar (my favorite) is loss of belly fat and total weight. Yeehaa!
I had a friend that made the decision to improve his health after a scare from a routine physical. He hired a personal trainer and started eating better which yielded fast results. Then, he hit a plateau and was getting terribly frustrated. So I asked him what are you eating? He replied, “I feel like I am starving myself. I drink nothing but smoothies.” While he thought he was being healthy in drinking smoothies, he was actually sabotaging his efforts. Do you know how much sugar is in those smoothies? So I encouraged him to eat real, natural food. Whole fruit, veggies, meat, etc. He then successfully went on to lose his goal weight and impressed the heck out of his personal trainer.
Are you ready to rid the Devil from your nutrition? Stay tuned tomorrow for suggestions on improving your eating habits.
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