Regardless of what anyone says about sugar, I still don’t believe about it making you gain weight. My belief stems in a bit of logic, as well as experience!
Think about it, for some it makes them hyper, hyper = more movement…more movement = ‘exercise’ and therefore weight loss.
This I know of as when I was younger I definitely drank soda more often (maybe at least one a day if not more depending if I was hanging out or at home). My first school dance, (this in Junior High) they had soda, and after drinking a few cans I started jumping off the walls.
Now I am not and really never have been one of those people to drink soda every single day (but I’m sure on the occasion I have like around a certain time of the month) If I buy a 20 oz. bottle I usually drink it through the day. I might start say at lunch and finish sometime after dinner (or when my prime time shows are on) Honestly as long as you are NOT drinking a 1-2 liter bottle a day then your good. Also as long as you do not guzzle it down. There are foods I prefer to have a soda with rather than water or water with some flavoring in it.
The american Heart Association notes that the recommended consumption is no more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar per day. However American adults consume an average of 22 teaspoons daily, while the American child consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar each day.
While Americans are the most obese people in the world, and in North America. 78 million adults and 13 million children for an average of 35 percent. They deal with repercussions on their health from being overweight. It is estimated that the average American adult is 26 pounds heavier now than in the 1950’s.
NO sugar is NOT 100% at fault for this. That 2014 bill the mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg introduced an initiative to ban the sale of soda in quantities that exceed 16 ounces at fast food establishments. It should be no more than an 8 oz glass, however the purchase of larger quantities say 20 oz or bigger like the largest big gulp from a 7-11 those people may be on the road for the day and need to keep awake.
What everyone needs to learn is moderation! As far as losing weight goes I’ve been writing down what I’m eating but not all the calories etc. When you can see what you are eating and writing it down you can adjust through out the day.
1. Spurts of weight gain
As we’ve discussed, sugar is a catalyst to weight gain. It increases blood sugar levels, which in turn primes our body to store more fat. Furthermore, sugar does little to nothing to create satiety, or feelings of fullness.
This is because not everyone knows how to eat right. Protein foods keep you feeling satisfied to full longer. Instead of Potato chips try a handful of walnuts and almonds maybe some soy and Endemame (I can never spell or say that right) beans.
2. Constant cravings
Sugar is a complex carbohydrate – a type of food that not only stores fat, but causes sudden cravings.
Honestly the only cravings I get are from the stupid commercials on they show on tv. (either that or one that has been programmed since my grade school days! Oreos!! YES! there is an Oreo time and that my friends usually kicks in somewhere between 9 & 9:30 pm!) Then there’s certain words to say like Canolli, You WILL be buying me one if it comes up… I made mom cause she was watching some food show. Sometimes something in a book ‘m reading gives me the urge but honestly I have more than enough stuff I get from the holidays to go through (sometimes takes me longer than a year) I don’t give in too easily, its the times I get a craving for something that’s NOT available in the house that drives me nuts especially when I don’t know what it is and so I eat the house!
3. Feeling lethargic
Similar to caffeine on a smaller scale, sugar can stimulate our nervous system in the short term.This leads to a “crash” that indicative of sugar’s suppressive effect on our metabolic system. Known as “reactive hypoglycemia,” a glucose (sugar) crash creates sudden feelings of fatigue after consuming a large amount of complex carbs.
Instead of using your usual amount of sugar or sweetener, try using honey or maple syrup, or Agave. Also check out Chia seeds they have a lot of healthy uses. One of the blogs I follow uses them as an egg substitute in their recipes, They retain more water so they are great to make your own fitness /endurance gels same for throwing in yogurt and other foods they will keep you feeling fuller longer.
4. Liver problems
Similar to alcohol’s effect, sugar can wreak havoc on our liver function. Known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), excessive intake of sugar over a long duration of time can irreparably damage this vital organ. Interestingly, sugar metabolizes in the liver the same way that alcohol does. As such, this can lead to fatty liver, insulin resistance and abnormal fat levels in the blood.
5. unexplainable health issues
Granted, this last one is very broad. But the truth is that excessive intake of sugar is toxic. Anytime that a toxic substance is introduced into the complex entity that is the human body, countless health problems can surface. This is the result of sugar directly or indirectly producing systematic, harmful responses in the body.
Many people diagnosed with diabetes visit the doctor with no other complaint than feelings of tiredness. Sugar can be the root cause of anything from obesity to impaired vision, from headaches to insomnia. The only way to truly know for certain is to severely restrict the amount of sugar that you ingest on a daily basis.
If nothing else, our bodies and minds will become much, much healthier as a result.
everyone keeps complaining about all of this, health stuff, at least the kids have gym class, how about instead of us adults having to go before or after a tiring day at work to the gym or even at home, why can’t they have 20 minutes to a half hour (not your lunch) that you can exercise, or at least have something that can be used at your desk (I know they have some bike type thing…)
I can understand weight gain in adults. Between working, maybe you sit at a desk all or most of the day, You had kids, and then having kids, is hard to get in the work out (they are the work out!) but with the kids well now and days with all the computers, tablets etc its no wonder they are obese. Back in the 80s and 90s I don’t remember many of my friends being over weight. They may have looked it but back in the 90s, depending on what side of fashion you went with the clothes were so baggy almost everyone looked chunky or pregnant If they didn’t dress like a banger (metal head).