Eliminating all processed sugars and artificial sweeteners

One of the messages I try and get across to my clients is that you need not look for low fat foods when you are purchasing your weekly shop, as they quite often contain high levels of sugar and/or salt to preserve the food to give it shelf life.

In fact it is Sugar which makes you fat not necessarily fat, as eluded to on an earlier blog your body actually needs essential fats to perform properly and to signal tissue repair and aid stored fat loss. This is because everything we consume is pretty much turned into glucose (sugar) for our bodies to use as energy. Anything our bodies doesnt use will be stored away in our fat cells.

So, it should make you stop and think that it is not fat that will make us become bigger through larger fat stores but SUGAR.

More to the point, refined sugar causes large amounts of weight gain and is one of the leading causes of obesity in the world. Sugar is also extremely addictive (causing feeling of highs and lows in the body similar to most drugs).

 

Fortunately for those looking for a lean, defined body, once you stop eating sugar, your addiction will quickly disappear. People who are “on” sugar crave it all the time. People who are “off” sugar, don’t even miss it.

 

Unfortunately, many times when people decide to give up sugar, they quickly resort to artificial sweeteners, but artificial sweeteners are not the answer.

 

Sorbitol, saccharin, aspartame and sucrolose may actually be worse for you than sugar itself.

 

Artificial sweeteners cause weight gain by disrupting your body’s natural hormones. So it is equally as important to eliminate any food that contains the above mentioned sweeteners. (A detailed list on how to find sugars and sweeteners in your foods is found on the bad list).

 

Instead of an artificial sweetener, if required then, I would recommend using Stevia. A natural plant extract, and it’s a great alternative to sugar. 

You can find further information on stevia by visiting www.stevia.com.

 

The following words all mean “added sugar”

 

Hint: the words “syrup”, “sweetener”, and anything ending in “ose” can usually be

assumed to be “sugar”. If the label says “no added sugars”, it should not contain

any of the following:

 

• Corn Sweetener                            • Dextrose                 

• Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids • Dextrin

• Dehydrated Cane Juice               • Fructose

• Fruit Juice Concentrate               • Glucose

• High Fructose Corn Syrup          • Honey

• Invert Sugar                                    • Lactose

• Maltodextrin                                    • Malt syrup

• Maltose                                            • Maple syrup

• Molasses                                         • Raw sugar

• Rice Syrup                                      • Saccharose

• Sorghum or sorghum syrup        • Sucrose

• Syrup                                               • Treacle

• Turbinado Sugar                           • Xylose

 

How to spot other artificial sweeteners

Sucrolose (Splenda)                                   Saccharin (Sweet n Low)

Aspartame (Equal)                                       

 

Remember, your body doesn’t care what the label says. It’s all just “sugar”, and you should try and avoid these as much as possible!

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