Ever met someone who’s never been on a diet? It’s safe to say almost everyone has wanted to lose a few pounds at some point in their life and started a diet.
But why do so many fail? Unfortunately, it’s the flawed logic of what makes us fat. Most associate the fat in their diet with the problem. Studies and research are beginning to show it’s actually the excessive sugar that makes you gain weight.
Fast Digesting Sugary Foods
It isn’t fair, or accurate, to say that all sugar is equal and all sources of sugar will make you gain weight. Typically sugar found in nature, like fruit or vegetables, have a built in mechanism to negate unhealthy weight gain.
The fiber found in fruit slows the digestive process and can be considered in the healthier category of sugar sources. It’s through food processing, where the fiber is removed, that the problem begins to escalate.
Foods that digest quickly, including those with excessive sugar, are the primary culprit with the “sugar problem” that is causing obesity rates to skyrocket globally.
Foods With High Added Sugar:
– Fruit Juice
– Ice Cream
Those are the types of foods causing the problem, now let’s take a closer look at why they’re causing so many people to gain excessive amounts of body fat.
Why You Gain Weight
It isn’t just the additional calories from sugar that you need to be worried about. It’s much, much worse. Your body has a hormonal response to sugar that makes it far more detrimental to your diet than fats found in food.
When Sugar Enters The Body
Glucose is the preferred energy source for your muscles, brain and organs. But when you have too much energy in your system, like when you consume unrefined sugars, your body has to do something with it. It’s the liver that plays a primary role in deciding what happens to all that sugar you just ate.
If The Liver Gets Overworked
When you eat sugar your liver will convert it to the preferred fuel source, glucose. If your liver is flooded with fast digesting sugar, and it’s overburdened, that sugar will then be processed and turned into fat.
The Pancreas Steps In To Help
Knowing that the liver is overburdened, the pancreas will attempt to help the process by releasing the hormone insulin. Insulin is the hormone responsible for weight gain, and also plays a role in your ability to feel full from food.
Once Insulin Is Elevated
The elevated insulin will direct the excess fat, converted from sugar, to be stored for later use. What’s worse is the insulin spike also negates your ability to be satiated.
The more sugar you eat the hungrier you feel, because insulin is blocking your ability to feel full. It’s like a never ending cycle of fat storage.
You can’t feel full, because of elevated insulin levels, and continuing to eat more sugar will increase the fat that’s being stored on your body.
The No-Fat Myth
In recent years the no-fat diet has gained widespread popularity. When in the grocery store, many reach for a low or zero fat processed food believing it to be a healthy alternative.
If you compare a zero fat product with the regular version, you’d notice something was added to compensate for the fat that was removed.
All those healthy, low fat foods, with added sugar are not only terrible for weight loss they can actually contribute to your weight gain.
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