While you may have heard about the evils of sugar, there are two types with quite different effects on the body. There are sugars that naturally occur in foods: fruit, for example, contain all-natural fructose which gives it a ‘natural’ sweet taste and is good for us. However, it is extra sugar that is (mainly) added to commercially processed foods – not to mention the sugar you might add to tea / coffee and breakfast cereal – that poses a great danger to our health and weight. This week, we will look at the main consequences of eating excess added sugar and how this can impact on your weight and health.
- Sugar makes you put on weight: Fat doesn’t make us fat, sugar does. The problem is sugar does not fill you up – instead, it makes you want to eat more and more. This is because you can eat a lot of sugar but it doesn’t trigger our bodies to feel full. In other words, when it comes to sugar, we have no sugar “off switch”, so you can literally keep eating it. Any sugar that you ingest that is not ‘burnt up’ or used as fuel is quickly converted directly into fat.
- Sugar makes you sick: White blood cells are important for ‘fighting’ virus / bacteria or any ‘bug’ that may enter your body. White blood cells need Vitamin C to keep them destroying bacteria and viruses. The problem is that sugar compromises the fighting ability of your white blood cells by competing for space in those cells with Vitamin C. The more sugar in your system, the less Vitamin C can get into your white blood cells…which means longer recovery time if you are struck down with illness!
- Sugar causes tooth decay: Sugar and tooth decay are closely linked. Dental plaque is a ‘sticky’ film made up of food particles and bacteria. The bacteria in plaque is activated by sugars to produce acids which breaks down the enamel & starts tooth decay. This means the higher your sugar intake, the greater your risk of tooth decay.
- Sugar triggers mood changes: A high-sugar diet means that blood glucose levels fluctuate more wildly due to the ‘roller coaster’ it creates. After you eat something sugary, you may quickly feel full of energy and ‘happy’ due to the spike in blood glucose levels. However, as soon as your blood glucose levels dip again, you can feel tired, lethargic and unmotivated. People who have a high-sugar diet experience these blood glucose highs and lows throughout the day and ultimately, this can leave you feeling moody, exhausted and frustrated with your constantly changing energy levels.
Sugar is just one of the many topics covered in The Natural Way’s ‘Healthy Living’. We are not a DIET company – rather we guide your weight loss journey while educating you on good and bad food / lifestyle choices as outlined in our ‘Healthy Living’ maintenance program. By the time you reach goal, you have a full understanding of how you need to eat to maintain your new body…and you get FREE monthly maintenance consultations to ensure you never put on your excess weight again. Call your nearest clinic on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) and book your FREE appointment to find out more about how your dream body can become a reality.
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