When our clothes begin to fit tighter because our waist is getting larger, we often assume that we’re eating too many fatty foods. The temptation is to begin a low fat diet without even considering other factors, such as sugar intake, that could be the cause of the problem.
It’s common knowledge that too much sugar can increase the odds of diabetes, sugar crashes and tooth decay. What is not common knowledge is the impact sugar can have on weight gain as well as difficulty in losing weight. Sugar does more than taste good, it effects our bodies in ways most people aren’t aware. So let’s take a quick look at how your body processes sugar to better understand the problem.
How Your Body Processes Sugar
When you eat food that contains sugar your body does one of two things with that sugar. One, it burns it as energy or two, stores it by converting it to fat. If you eat a moderate amount of sugar your body can convert it to energy without having excess left over to convert into fat for storage.
The problem begins with you eat too much sugar. You have a pancreas, it’s a glandular organ that aids in digestion as well as hormone production. When you eat too much sugar your pancreas jumps into action and produces insulin to handle the excess sugar. The job of insulin is to lower blood sugar. The more sugar in your blood, the more insulin is produced by your pancreas.
Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas that allows your body to take the sugar in the food you eat and allow it to be used for energy or to be stored in your liver for future use or as glycogen in your fat cells. The fat around your waistline is the main area where it is stored for later use. When you eat large amounts of high fructose corn syrup and other sugars contained in food, your body stores it around your waist as fat.
What’s more astounding is that if your sugar intake remains high the insulin produced by your pancreas prevents your body from using your excess fat for energy. That is one reason why you find it difficult to low weight. You need to get the sugar under control so your body does not become insulin resistant which leads to problems with your metabolism and weight gain.
A 2016 study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that the average American consumes 94 grams per day of high fructose corn syrup as well as refined cane sugar. That translates into 358 calories a day which is almost twice the recommended daily amount. You can see that sugar is one of the reasons there are so many people with weight problems.
What to Do About Sugar
It is virtually impossible to cut out all sugar because it is added to many of the foods you eat as well as the carbs your body converts into sugar. So the question is, “What can you do?”
First, begin reading labels. Check to see if there is sugar or high fructose corn syrup added. If so, look for something else or at least something with a lower amount of sugar added. Second, eat whole, fresh fruits instead of bottled fruit juices. Third, reduce or eliminate the sugar you add to your coffee, tea, cereal or other foods you consume. Fourth, watch the soda intake, especially diet soda. Diet soda is very unhealthy because of the aspartame. Swap out a class of water or unsweetened tea instead of a soda. You’ll reduce your sugar intake as well as reduce your caloric intake in one easy step.
If you have a problem with sugar, if it seems to be something you can’t live without, don’t worry. There are ways to help you take control of those cravings and once your body gets adjusted to a life with less sugar you’ll find the cravings fade away. Hypnosis is a great way to help you make those healthy changes so you can feel better, be healthier and begin to lose that weight. Give me a call and find out how easy it is to move into a healthy lifestyle. 618-589-4848.