Sugar- the hidden monster!

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Welcome to my first official blog post!

I am going to talk about how sugar is affecting your body and how to restrict it in your diet.

sugar is in most products, it's the refined kind that we need to look out for, it consists of various names;  

  • glucose 
  • sucrose  
  • maltose 
  • corn syrup 
  • honey 
  • hydrolysed starch  
  • invert sugar 
  • fructose

If a product consists of any of these ingredients sugar has been added. There are also natural sugars like honey and fruits that also contain sugar but they are a lot better for the body. The reason we need to limit sugar in our diet is because sugar causes our insulin to spike as soon as its in our system, insulin is a hormone released to regulate our blood sugar level it promotes the absorbtion of glucose from the blood to skeletal muscle and fat tissues this is what causes fat stores to increase. If a high amount of sugar is consumed more insulin will be released creating greater fat stores thus increasing body fat percentage. That is the science bit done, so how do we combat this!

We need to be mindful of what we are eating, and how active we are, if you are an elite athlete you can afford a little sugar as your body stores will use it, but if your trying to lose weight and get into shape is it worth sacrificing the hard graft you are putting in. No.

Added sugar shouldn't make up more than 10% of our daily calorie intake; that's roughly 70g for men, 50g for women. 

 Of course sweet products are lush and I'm not saying completly keep it out of your diet (that's hard to ask). Just be mindful of the effect that the products you put into your body will have and if you are wanting to keep that fat off just think "do I need this?"

for a nutrition plan that keeps food interesting as well as exercise, contact me now for a free consultation. 

 

Baz