I'd like to start this blog today with Jamie Oliver (love this guy). Short on time head to 11:50 to my favourite rant.
MOTIVATION ENOUGH TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE PUTTING IN YOUR MOUTH?
If your goal is to lose weight and be a lean mean fighting machine the very first thing you should do is rid your body of sugar. Sugar is your number one enemy when it comes to health, fitness and fat loss.
Here are eight reasons why sugar is so bad for you;
- Sugar contains no essential nutrients. So it is useless.
- Sugar will rot your teeth.
- Added sugar is high in fructose. To much fructose can overload your liver and also cause fatty liver disease.
- Sugar can cause insulin resistance which is a stepping stone to diabetes. Insulin resistance is also know as a key driver of many diseases including obesity, diabetes II and cardiovascular disease.
- Cancer. Cancer cells are characterised by uncontrolled growth and multiplication of cells. Insulin is the key hormone in regulating this growth. Sugar causes elevated insulin levels which can contribute to the growth of cancer.
- Sugar affects the brain and hormones in such a profound way that it has unique fat promoting effects.
- Sugar is highly addictive often compared to the same as cocaine. Due to the massive amounts of dopamine released in the brain due to its consumption.
- It is sugar that raises cholesterol and gives you heart disease NOT FAT.
Finally society is catching on that fat is no longer our enemy, sugar is. It's highly addictive. Addictive enough to be compared to a cocaine addiction. I know through experience that the more you have the more you want. I also know the less you have the less you want. So best to just kick it to the curb. Do it today. Make the decision to take control of your health.
Being a former sugar addict myself I can tell you that it is doable and it is sustainable. The initial phase is always the hardest. When I talk about sugar I mean any of the following that you may or may not be aware that contain sugar;
- Lollies, sweets and cakes (obviously)
- Chocolate (milk chocolate especially)
- Sauces & condiments (tomato etc)
- Soft drinks, energy drinks and re-hydration drinks (gatorade)
- Fruit juices with added sugar
- Added sugar to coffee and cereals
So what can you do to rid yourself of this nasty habit?
I say go completely cold turkey and cut out all the sugar above for an initial two weeks. Once you get over the first two week hurdle the less you will crave the sugar. Your body will also start to detoxify within this time period. You'll know if you experience the following;
- Mood swings
- Muscle and joint aches
- Cold and flu like symptoms
- Diarrhoea or Constipation
Just to name a few. Although it feels shocking to go through this initial process once the detoxification process has started these symptoms will usually subside or decrease in intensity. It's important to remember during the initial week to or two to drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest to assist your body in coping with the extra toxin overload being released into the blood-stream due to detoxification.
You will have cravings during this time but what I suggest is steering towards foods that are higher in fat. Such as nuts, nut butters, cheeses, even tea can help curb a craving. Stay strong. Giving up sugar is the first step into reducing the size of that waistline and improved health. Good luck.