Do you feel like you’ve dieted a million times and still seem to hold on to a few pounds? The problem could be your diet, even if you are eating “healthy” or “diet” foods. Something many diet foods have hidden in them is sugar. This substance is found everywhere—even in the “healthy” stuff—and can actually be what’s keeping you from your weight goals. Find out what sugar does to your body and how reducing your intake can help you get healthier!
Many people love wonderful, sugary treats, especially when it comes to the holidays. However, sugar can be one of the worst substances for you if you are trying to get a smaller tummy and a leaner body. Sugar can be so sweet, but not to your health and definitely not to your weight. For some patients, cutting out sugar is just so darn hard! Did you know that there is actually a chemical change in your body when you eat sugar? Eating foods and drinks that contain high amounts of sugar can actually mess with your body’s chemical composition.
Your brain needs sugar to work properly, especially when it comes to memory. This sugar is known as “glucose” and is the main energy source for the brain. However, too much can hurt you all over your body. When you eat sugar, your dopamine levels spike. Dopamine is a feel-good hormone your body has, which is part of it’s reward system. You get this spike when you exercise or accomplish goals you’ve worked towards. The more sugar you eat, the more your dopamine levels are spiking and the more you’ll crave sugar.
Your body wants those feel-good hormones, so the cravings for more and more sugar can almost become unbearable. Many people get used to having a dessert with every meal, when sugar should actually be eaten sparingly in a healthy diet. This is because your tolerance level for sugar can increase due to cravings, even if the sugar is causing you weight gain or health problems. If you find yourself craving sugar multiple (or many) times a day, consider cutting out sugar from your diet over time.
You can be exercising every day and eating pretty well, but if you have tons of sugar in your “diet”, then you won’t see the progress you want. If you take a look at your food labels, you will be surprised to find that many “diet” foods contain high amounts of sugars. Cutting out sugars is much easier if you check food labels. Foods to watch out for include: diet products, yogurt, fruit drinks, breads, salad dressings, cereals, nut butters, dried fruit and dried meats. Many of these foods are considered “healthy”, when they actually are not helping your health at all.
You can still enjoy these foods, just check labels at the store and choose the options that have little to no sugar in them, and higher amounts of protein. Adding in protein calories in place of sugar calories will help your body build muscle better, function better, and will give you more energy. Other substances you might want to consider cutting out include:
Cutting out sugar or any other food or drink from your life can be hard. It’s less hard with help. Nutritional assessments and food counseling can get you where you want to be quickly. Many people find diet success with the help of a friend doing the same process or with a counselor that they are responsible to. Every person’s body is different, which is why a customized eating plan based on your body and goals might be your best option. Assessments and counseling can provide you with the right nutrients, exercises, therapies and more to help you reach your goals.
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Did you know that sugar can be addicting? Like we mentioned, sugar has effects on your brain. You may not think you have an addiction (and you might not), but test it out by going without sugar for a day or a week. If it’s really hard for you, then there are already changes in your brain because of your diet. You can slowly break out of the addiction of sugar and other cycles with help, with written goals, and with the right mindset. Get help with your journey and get a plan that is right for you and can help you lose weight and still get in shape this summer. Call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087!