We all love it… but is sugar really worth it?? Y’all know sweets taste good, but do you know how they affect your body? Today I want to share a few facts about sugar that might make you think twice about eating that next sweet treat!
Eating too much sugar makes it easier to put on extra weight. Sugar is full of fructose, which is known to increase your hunger even more than glucose, which is the main type of sugar found in many starchy foods. Fructose affects the hormones in your body that regulate hunger, making it harder for your body to recognize when it’s time to stop eating.
Beyond messing with your hunger hormones, eating and drinking too much sugar may increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and even cancer. That’s a lot of negative for something that tastes good! When you’re craving sugar, see what healthier option you may be able to substitute. Try eating something with natural sugars rather than processed ones. Not all sugar is created equally!! For example, fruit has natural sugar… so that’s much better for you than a slice of cake!
I think a lot of us reach for something sugary when we need a boost. Sugar gives you a quick kick of energy, right? In fact, yes, it does… but I’m sure you’ve heard of a sugar crash!! Food that is high in sugar quickly spikes your blood sugar and insulin levels, so you WILL feel more energized at first. But this is only temporary. It won’t last and it’s not good for you. Sugar doesn’t provide quality fuel for your body. Eating something with high sugar levels every time you need a quick boost of energy will only put you in a cycle of blood sugar swings, which will ultimately drain your energy rather than replenish it. Try eating carbs that are low in added sugar and rich in fiber instead! Eating carbs with protein is another good way to keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady.
If you’re looking for a way to cut out some of the sugar you’re eating, here are a few tips to get started! Try eating whole fruits instead of smoothies with extra sweetener. Eat foods that say “zero added sugars.” Try shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store, buying whole, fresh foods rather than processed ones. Swap out sweet salad dressings for olive oil or vinegar. Start small and build up to bigger changes! And if it’s a boost of energy you’re looking for when you eat sugar, you can come to class with me… experience endorphins instead of sugar crashes! Lauren Fox on Demand is another great place to get energized and keep away from all the sugar! Y’all can do it!
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