It’s important to remember exactly what excessive amounts of sugar and processed sweets do to your body. Sweets are a big part of our lives, and according to the Sugar Institute and the American Dietetic Association, Americans consume an average of 150-170 pounds of sugar per person each year. That’s an average of 3 pounds per week! Clearly sugar and weight loss do not go well together.
Does that seem unrealistic? It isn’t, when you think of how we get it in our daily routines. Sugar is a preservative, and it is used in everything from salad dressings to sushi and is in every packaged or pre-made food item in our marketplace.
If you are trying to lose weight, you likely gained the weight from a combination of several things, one of which was probably the consumption of many products containing sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and artificial sweeteners. Your taste buds and your brain chemistry have learned to rely on sweet choices and tastes.
Numerous sweeteners are available to us in the marketplace, including artificial sweeteners, and as with any food product, I am a huge supporter of natural versus artificial. However, there are places on your journey to weight loss that allow for things less natural.
A new understanding of weight loss includes our liver health and how it helps to detox and reduce the chemical load we store in our fat cells, which is a huge factor in losing fat tissue and weight. We all know that sugar provides calories and can contribute to weight gain, but did you know that sugar, HFCS and artificial sweeteners are the number 1 and 2 sources for liver inflammation and fatty liver? That said, we use some of these ingredients in our products for two reasons:
- Compliance: Most of you are acclimated to the taste for sweets and your journey along the weight loss curve requires foods that are similar to what you would normally purchase and subsequently crave. Including a small amount of sweeteners in our products is a strategy to help satisfy cravings with controllable levels of sugar, helping you stick with the plan and achieve your goals.
- Thermogenesis: Our products are specifically designed to be good tasting AND nutritionally dense with a good amount of minerals and vitamins for healthful weight loss.
Moreover, the amounts of sweetener in our products are low and, when following the SlimGenics STEP Program, you are assured that you do not take in the amounts of the various sweeteners that you likely did before SlimGenics. One of our tenets for weight loss is to eliminate colas and even limit your clear soda drinks, which will help to keep your sugar intake to a manageable, healthy amount that keeps your diet balanced with great results. So, while sugar and weight loss don’t typically mix, small amounts in combination with a healthy lifestyle, isn’t a bad thing. Everything in moderation, right?
To us, living the sweet life means limiting sugars for optimum weight loss and overall well being.
For more tips and information on how to avoid excess sugar in your diet, visit your local SlimGenics Center for a FREE personalized consultation!