Here is the 99th in our new series of 100 Weight Loss Tips posts designed to give you a brand new tip on how to lose weight, or as in this case, how not to put on more weight! This is all about the nemesis of all slimmers, SUGAR!
You could even say that sugar is pure evil that tempts the soul and fools the stoutest heart into submission simply because it makes food taste so good! While this great tasting flavoring is something you might think you can do without, you most likely don’t want to hear this:
Why Sugar is Bad For You
The more refined you sugar comes, the more that your own body will react in a negative way to it. Sugar is in just about everything we eat and drink in most normal people’s diet. To give you some idea how that works, if it’s sweet to the taste, you can bet that it’s got sugar in it. Even if it is savory to the taste, it has still got sugar in it!
There are a great deal of different types of sugars out there and you can be assured that all of them are without exception ultimately metabolized by your body. But it’s not all bad news, as I will point out.
There are two main types of sugars that you, as a dieter, need to be aware of. They are Intrinsic sugars and Extrinsic sugars.
Intrinsic sugars are the types found in fruits and vegetables and these are contained in the actual cell structures of the fruits and vegetables themselves. Of these sugars, you do not need to make any cut backs if you’re trying to lose weight fast because they are natural and come along with many vitamins and minerals as well as fiber essential to the normal functioning of the body. In essence, these are good sugars that you can add to your diet.
Extrinsic sugars are those which are not contained within the cell structures of natural foods. They come in two main groups, which are Milk Extrinsic Sugars, which are naturally occurring in milk products such as fresh milk, yoghurt, cheese, butter etc and Non Milk Extrinsic Sugars, (NME) which the sugars that are added to foods in order to sweeten them, bulk them up or preserve them by extending their shelf life.
From a weight loss strategy point of view, it is the NME’s that are the ones to be avoided at all costs. That’s because they carry no additional nutrients with them and are metabolized by the body and placed into storage in fat cells for later use.
The problem with this system is that because you eat so much of it, the body never gets around to using its stored fat and just keeps adding to it. That’s why you gain weight when you ingest large quantities of NME’s. The good news is that if you cut these down to the barest minimum and start exercising regularly, your body will have to start using up the stored fat that you’ve accumulated and you will start to lose weight fast.
The bad news for anyone who is looking for a weight loss solutions is that there is growing evidence to suggest that sugar is addictive which means that the more you eat, the more you crave. It becomes a vicious circle and is what leads to obesity in many adults and children.
The health risks are frightening once you get onto this nasty roller coaster ride that starts to pick up momentum the more weight that you gain. The sugar cravings won’t go away and the weight gain keeps coming as you pile on the pounds. What’s worse, the more weight you gain, the more lethargic you become, making it all the more difficult to break out of the cycle and start doing some exercise before its too late.
Along with weight gain, which in itself comes with a long list of health risks from strokes and heart disease to high cholesterol and diabetes which could lead to heart attacks, to tooth decay, inflammation of the arteries and wait for it… cancer! Yep, studies have shown a link between certain cancers and excessive amounts of non-milk extrinsic sugars in the body. But that’s a topic for a future post all on its own, I think.
If you are addicted to sugar, getting off the roller coaster is going to be a tough hurdle to overcome, but the alternative is exposure to a matrix of ways to die young. What do you want to happen?
Weight loss tips number 98 will follow in the next post!