Guest Post by Anita Higherclick
Weight management and weight loss appear to be the fields where there are plenty of debates constantly happening. What products to include into your diet, what products to leave out, what foods to permanently say no to and which ones to force yourself into eating. One of such questions is the seemingly never-ending dilemma about the relationship between weight loss and sugar intakes. What is the relationship between the two indeed? And how to make sure it is not a love-hate relationship that can devastate your health?
A good question to ask: what is happening here?
In order to make healthy choices sugar-wise, first we need to know what it is exactly that sugar does to our organisms. Basically, when we consume refined grains, sugar, or foods that contain simple carbohydrates (the ones that get digested quickly), they get rapidly processed into blood sugar. In that case, our pancreas gets busy producing a great deal of insulin to translate all that blood sugar into energy. This increased amount of insulin tells them body that there is enough of energy available and so there is no need to burn fat, it is time to store it. The problem here is not that this storage happens / it would happen with any carbohydrates if you consume too many of them. The problem here is that since there is a surge of insulin, even too much of blood sugar is transported out of blood. Hence, both blood sugar and insulin levels actually drop below the required level. We become tired and hungry and so eat more, engaging ourselves into a dangerous circle of sugar consumption. This is the major risk and disadvantage of consuming a great deal of sugar.
What is the answer?
The answer here is rather simple: watch your sugar. Simple sugar, that is, glucose, in itself is not harmful to the human organism. Quite the opposite, we need sugars on daily basis to perform the most basic tasks without crashing. Thus, the solution to the sugar dilemma is to be aware of what sugars you are actually consuming. Be careful of the sugars found in simple carbohydrates, processed foods, and beverages. In addition, be aware that in fat-free products sugar is sometimes added to give flavor to the food. To make matters worse, without fat slowing down the sugar intake, it goes directly to your blood stream. Moreover, if a label states “no sugar added”, it does not mean it has no sugar naturally in it. Thus, double-check the label and the table of nutrients. Finally, regulating your blood sugar levels might be the most efficient way to maintain your fat-burning capacity. Refrain from skipping meals, especially breakfast, and, in case you do feel the need to snack, choose healthier snacks instead of the ones that will give you empty calories. Juices, this case, can be very powerful to fuel your morning. In that way, you will maintain better levels of your metabolism, so you might want to use your juicer that is sitting in the cupboard.
Maintain a healthy relationship with your sugars
Sugars, it seems to, are not necessarily your enemies when it comes to weight loss or weight management. There is nothing inherently bad in sugars themselves, instead it is the form they come in and the amount you consume that matters a great deal for your health, your energy levels, and your weight. Avoid glucose crashes, choose complex carbohydrates whenever you can, and be aware of some highly confusing and sometimes misleading labels. Now, you are well-equipped to make healthy choices that can also influence quality weight management. Sugars or no sugars? There might be no single answer, but there are plenty of choices for you here.
This is guest post by health expert, Anita Higherclick. She loves cooking, eating (strictly healthy) and writing. She is also blogging on behalf of Macy’s.