Rethinking Sugar When Losing Weight
When you’re eating less, it’s important to focus on eating more nutrient-dense foods so your body can get all the nutrients it needs, packed into fewer calories. Table sugar and high fructose corn syrup, which is much sweeter than table sugar and found in virtually all processed foods, wreak havoc on your system.
Here are four good reasons to avoid sugar while you are working on achieving a healthy weight loss:
Processed sugar provides zero nutrition. Sugar does not offer your body any vitamins, minerals or micronutrients. Table sugar is the ultimate source of empty calories. It fills your daily calorie allotment without offering any nutritional value in exchange.
Processed sugar is addictive. When you eat recreational sugar such as candy, cakes and cookies, your brain releases dopamine, also known as the pleasure hormone. That’s why so many people report that eating chocolate makes them feel good. Like with other physical addictions, we are driven to repeat the sugar buzz, to continue eating empty calories to the detriment of our health and our desire to lose weight.
Processed sugar is a factor in the development of diabetes. Eating too much processed sugar can contribute to the development of insulin resistance. When insulin stops doing its job of escorting sugar from the blood into the cells, you have a case of insulin resistance. Sugar builds up in the blood instead of entering the cells and, over a period of time, insulin resistance can lead to diabetes.
Processed sugar can cause you to overeat. Leptin is the hormone that tells the brain the stomach is full and it’s time to stop eating. Eating processed sugar contributes to leptin resistance. With leptin resistance, our bodies don’t understand the signals that leptin is sending. So we eat more than we need because we don’t get the message that we’re actually full.
Author: Rebeca Espinoza
Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on Google+ or at firstname.lastname@example.org.