Sugar: the Anti-Slimming Nutrient

February 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

Indulging in sweet treats can sabatoge your effots to stay slim.

Treating yourself too often will most certainly…
– zap your energy
– disrupt your concentration and focus
– impair your immune system
– elicit mood swings
– accelerate the aging process
– increase cravings
– contribute to the Dreaded Holiday Weight Gain

Overeat sugary sweets and your body goes into fat storage mode as your body releases more insulin, a powerful hormone that signals your body to store fat.

Sugar is the Anti-Slimming Nutrient.

What to do?

You are supposed to enjoy your food, and if you are too strict with yourself you will find that you cannot sustain your good eating over time. Depriving yourself totally will only lead to more intense urges to over-indulge and make you feel that healthy eating is “just too hard”. Here is a guide to smart indulging that will not derail your fat loss efforts.

1. Have a Sweet Treats Plan
Did you know no more than 10 percent of calories should come from sugary treats ?-That’s about 30 to 50 grams of added sugar based on your calorie intake. The best way to not blow it is to plan ahead and know when you will treat yourself. This will help you stay on track – you have something to look forward to and you are not depriving yourself.

2. Do Not Skip Meals
Skipping meals to “save room” for your sweets treats will only slow your metabolism down, increasing sugar’s effect on your body’s ability to store fat. Instead, eat supportive meals every 3 to 4 hours throughout the day. This will keep you satisfied and boost your metabolism – lessening the effect of sugar on your waistline.

3. Avoid Sugary Drinks
If you want to keep your sugar level in check, don’t waste your consumption on a soda, juice or fancy coffee. Save these “empty” calories for the treats you truly desire.

4. Check your Self-Talk
Rid yourself of self-sabatoging views – such as “I need to eat this, it’s a special occasion, I will miss out if I don’t.” This type of thinking will only cause you to spiral out of control with little to no concern of the choices you make each day. Instead think about what you
do to keep your fat reduction efforts in check.

5. Just Say NO
Be aware of friends, family and co-workers who have a tendency to “push” sweet treats on you. You are not obligated to eat it – especially if it is not in your best interest. You have the ability and power to politely say no. Others do not have control over how you choose to treat your body – you do.

6. Be Mindful
Make each indulgence count by eating with intention. How much of it will satisfy a craving or holiday memory you have. How much do you really need? This is not the type of food that has fat burning qualities – remind yourself of the consequences and keep the indulgences in check.


This information was extracted from an article written by Holly Rigsby, Author of Fit Yummy Mummy. I have been receiving newsletters from Holly for some time. Check out her stuff for yourself:


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