Sugar’s in everything. That’s why it’s so important to figure out the science behind incorporating it into your fat loss program.
Looking to embark on a successful fat loss program? How much sugar you consume may dictate the success of your fat loss. If you can’t control your sugar cravings, your fat loss program may be doomed from the start. Unfortunately, overcoming a sweet tooth is a major hurdle for many dieters. Lucky for you, we’re here to help you keep your candy crush at bay and ensure you can achieve your fat loss goals.
Here are 3 things you need to know about sugar and its role in your fat loss program.
1. High-sugar impact foods can slow you down.
Excessive consumption of high-sugar impact foods like instant rice, baked beans, and many others can lead to obesity and diabetes. These foods also have been shown to increase the chance of inflammation in the body.
Ultimately, you need to be able to identify low-, medium- and high-sugar impact foods. By doing so, you can cut down on high-sugar impact foods that otherwise can prevent you from trimming body fat.
Don’t forget to maintain a healthy diet, either. Consuming at least 0.55-1 gram of protein per pound can make a world of difference, regardless of whether you’re a hardcore bodybuilder or first-time dieter. Plus, keeping your carbohydrate intake low except after exercise may help you reduce body fat like never before.
2. Sugar can be somewhat “addictive”
While eating sugar is not going to have you immediately going in search of the local cocaine dealer as you lose all your inhibitions in the “dark side”, it can contribute to numerous health problems and pose difficulty in reaching your fitness goals if left unchecked.
Eating sugar releases dopamine in the brain that can be incredibly satisfying. Candy, desserts and other sweets that are overloaded with sugar can be addictive, but there’s no need to let sugar cravings get the best of you. If you know how to keep your sugar cravings in check, you’ll be able to put these urges in the past.
When it comes to managing sugar cravings, you might think that the latest and greatest supplements work best. However, these supplements may prove to be nothing more than Band-Aids to curb your sugar cravings. Instead, you should try to avoid processed foods that are filled with sugar.
If you take a close look at the nutrition labels on processed foods, you can learn how much sugar they contain and plan accordingly. You can exercise regularly to take your mind off of your sugar cravings as well. Exercise increases your serotonin (“happiness hormone”) levels and reduces your sugar cravings naturally.
3. Sugar has little to no effect on satiety.
Even a single can of soda can have a significant impact on your sugar intake, along with your weight loss program results. Typically, a can of soda contains 40 to 50 grams of sugar that have little to no effect on satiety.
This means you might not feel full after you drink a can of soda, despite the fact that you just consumed a sugary beverage that contains hundreds of calories. As a result, “empty” calories can add up and limit the effectiveness of your weight loss program. Developing a safe, effective fat loss program will help you manage your sugar intake.
This program may even include a combination of weight lifting and cardio activities that ensures you can build your strength and energy over time. Account for sugar when you develop your program, and you should have no trouble accomplishing your immediate and long-term fat loss goals.
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