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Lose Weight by Watching Your Sugar Intake

On of the most common sense of all weight loss tips is that you can lose weight by doing little more than keeping a close eye on your daily sugar intake through the food that you eat. So how does that work, exactly?

Well, its a total no-brainer to know that you are what you eat and if you eat only good, wholesome, healthy foods in the right quantities to balance the amount of calories you burn in a day, you are simply not going to gain any weight at all. Period. No arguments there. But unfortunately, how many of us are that well disciplined in our eating habits?

Not many, that’s for sure and its not helped by supermarket shelves being stocked with a plethora of sugar-laden processed foods that we tend to buy and eat. So it pays to read the label on everything before we buy it. Yep, another complete no-brainer but it’s staggering when you realize just how many people don’t do that! So what’s the deal with sugar?

Ok, our body needs the stuff to function, but it only needs what it needs and any excess gets stored as fat for later use. If we don’t get to that “later use” part, the fat storage keeps happening until we gain weight. If nothing is done to change our eating habits and our exercise habits, the weight will simply continue to pile on and it won’t stop until we’re dead from an obesity related illness, heart attack or stroke.

So what can be done to prevent that happening?

Easy. The first thing to do is to know how to recognize the sugar present in the food we eat and to balance what we take in by exercising to burn it off. So what sugars are in our food?

There are two main groups of sugars in food, which are intrinsic and extrinsic sugars.

Intrinsic sugars are those found in fruit and vegetables in their natural state. This is contained in within the actual cell structure of the fruits and vegetables. We don’t need to make any cutbacks with regards to intrinsic sugars because these form a part of the essential vitamins, minerals and fibres that we need in our daily diet for good health.

Extrinsic sugars are those sugars that are not contained withing the cell structure of the foods. They fall into two main groups. The first is milk sugars, or those which occur in milk and milk/dairy products and are combined with proteins and calcium. The second is non-milk extrinsic sugars (NME) and these are the ones that are added to foods by humans to make them sweeter to the taste, as a preservative or to increase their bulk.

It is the last group, or NME’s that are the main cause for concern when it comes to weight gain. That’s because they are present in large quantities in things like fizzy soda drinks, cakes and biscuits, breakfast cereals and in some savoury foods such as ready meals, peanut butter, baked beans and crisps (potato chips). These are the things that cause weight gain and while you should always read the label, come on, you know these foods are going to make you gain weight just by looking at them, so DON’T DO IT!

There is no recommended daily allowance (RDA) set for sugar consumption, although there damn well should be! The advice from the Foods Standards Agency is is that consumption of NME’s (added sugars) should not exceed 10% of your daily energy intake. For a woman of average size and build, that equates to no more than 50g (1.76oz) a day.

So be wary of what you eat and do read the label, as it will go some way to helping you to put things back on the shelf if they contain too much added sugar. By the way, added sugar is not always labeled as “added sugar” just to try and confuse you. Here’s a list of alternative names for “added sugar”, so you know what to avoid:

  • Honey
  • Corn Syrup
  • Maple Syrup
  • Raw Sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Fruit Juice Concentrate
  • Mannitol
  • Dextrin
  • Malt
  • Sucrose
  • Molasses
  • Fructose
  • Modified Corn Starch

Yep, these are all added sugars and the quantities add up to the same thing, so a product with 10g (0.35oz) of corn syrup (or any of the above list) is the same as 10g (0.35oz) of sugar. So do your math and enjoy a treat every now and then, but just stay below the threshold and you will keep your weight in check. Stay well below that and do daily exercises and you will lose weight. Its a pretty simple equation, really!

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Lose Weight, Ditch the Junk Food!

Weight Loss Tips can come your way in lots of different ways, so in this post I want to take a fairly brief look at one of the pretty important ways in which you can not only keep your weight in check, but also to lose weight if you are a little overweight. It involves nothing more than some basic exercises plus cutting back on certain foods that are really no good for you anyway and after a while, I promise you won’t even miss them.

Ok, first up, the foods that you have to just cut out through the power of your will. Ok, if you think you have no will power, think again. Here’s how much will power you have:

You know that eating a Big Mac and fries will clog up your arteries with cholesterol, pile on the pounds to increase your risk of heart attack, make your breath smell bad, make your clothes smell like a pan of disgustingly dirty cooking fat and make you break out in bad acne. So you go ahead and eat it all the same.

How much will power do you think it took to force yourself to eat that stuff, knowing what it can do to you? Well, it tool a hellava lot of will power, actually. So you DO have willpower, you just didn’t realize it yet!

So you need to stop eating fast food that you can easily avoid. Come on, just cross the street, or if you have to drive to a fast food (so-called) restaurant, just don’t drive there! How hard can it be? Duh!

If you’re in the supermarket and you see pizza in the frozen food department, don’t stand there moronically gawping at the different brands trying to make up your mind which one you want to bring you a little closer to death and a few pounds heavier! Walk away and head for the fresh fruit and vegetables department instead. Am I getting through to you? Yes? Good.

It isn’t all that hard to make your own choices based on what is good for YOU and NOT what is good for the TV advertisers that lead you towards all the bad stuff. make sense? Of course it does. If you are in a supermarket, don’t even go to the frozen food department. What do you want in there anyway? Frozen pre-peeled potatoes or frozen pre-peeled and cut up carrots for heaven’s sake? People only buy that crap because theyr’e too stupid and too lazy to peel their own damn carrots.

Fresh stuff is far cheaper and more healthy so I call that a no-brainer to ditch the frozen stuff and buy the fresh.

Ok, that’s enough on the supermarket TV advertisement fueled roller coaster ride that most people get trapped on. You can break free and if you want to lose weight and be healthy, you will break free!

That’s all for this post, exercises can come later because they’re so easy you already know the ones I’m going to talk about from previous posts. Um, walking, swimming, running up and down stairs, you know every day stuff that when you do a little more of them they help you to lose weight without even tying!

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