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Dear Sugar Addict: Lose Weight and Reduce Belly Fat
Dear Sugar Addict: Sugar is the enemy! But to no fault of your own. We have been programed and hard wired to crave the sweet stuff. Once starting to pay more attention to labels you will notice just how much is added to your foods, drinks, sauces and even healthier foods like yogurt.
High fructose corn syrup is in everything! Candy, ( my old friend) is there to buy at the end of every store line. Even at your local drug store, below the cashier is all the candies and treats a girl could ever ask for. Just say No! #TheStruggleisReal
There was a study I read by a Dr. Serge Ahmed who reported that rats preferred sugar over cocaine! Conclusively, sugar is almost 8 times more additive than drugs. It lights ups a response to the pleasure center part of the brain that makes you feel good. Sending signals to eat and repeat, further increasing your cravings and addiction.
I suggest you read the book, The Blood Sugar Solution: 10-Day Diet Detox by Dr. Mark Hyman. I loved this book! He goes on to suggest solutions and talk about how reducing your sugar intake will help you lose weight while improving energy, sleep and mood. Also improve chronic health problems including joint pain, digestive problems, diabetes, autoimmune disease, hair-loss, sexual dysfunction, headaches, memory problems, ADHD, brain fog, depression, sinuses, allergy issues and acne to name a few. Ditching the sugar improved has improved symptoms for most people. If that does not make you want to quit sugar, I don’t know what will.
It’s really the correlation between increased sugar intake, chronic disease and obesity. As Dr. Hyman states, “what makes you fat makes you sick and what makes you sick makes you fat!”
Add he goes on to discuss how artificial sweeteners are not the answer either. I used to be the Diet Pepsi Queen, but diet sodas raise the risk of diabetes more that sugar filled sodas. Not to mention also increases belly fat. “Artificial sweeteners trick your metabolism into thinking sugar in on the way. This causes your body to pump out insulin, the fat – storage hormone, which leads to more belly fat”- (The Blood Sugar Solution: 10 Day Detox Diet.) Less insulin surges = less belly fat.
What I did.
Over the past few months I have been able to lose about 15 lbs so far. I’ve noticed that my stomach is not as bloated… while I continue to fight the battle of the bulge. I started with decreasing my intake of sugary beverages and ended my craving for diet Pepsi.
• Of course, I try to drink more water each day. (Which is where I suggest everyone starts.)
• I now enjoy black iced coffee. (No Sugar No Cream!)
• If I want the bubbly stuff, I drink sparkling water or Kombucha instead.
• I was already working on my diet while favoring more of a keto based meal plan.
• I started back doing more aerobic and muscle building workouts most days of the week.
• Trying not to eat at least 2-3 hours before bed.
• And planning ahead for food emergencies.
Those are just a few things that I did but, all in all it has helped quite a bit. Think about where you can cut the sugar in your diet and do so! Increase your physical activity and water intake and you will be surprised at the results you’ll get.