A Spoonful of Sugar – Hard to Swallow Advice

I know that you’re looking to get into your swimsuit or even just shorts and short sleeves this summer. I wanted to share with you my single best piece of advice in order to fast track you into your bikini.

While this advice is sound, you may have a hard time swallowing it.

Sugar….who’d a thunk? Sadly, it can be your worst diet enemy.

Sugar comes in many forms, here’s a list of other names for sugar:

barley malt
beet sugar
brown sugar
buttered syrup
cane-juice crystals
cane sugar
carob syrup
corn syrup
corn-syrup solids
date sugar
diastatic malt
ethyl maltol
evaporated cane juice
fruit juice
fruit-juice concentrate

glucose solids
golden sugar
golden syrup
grape sugar
high-fructose corn syrup
invert sugar
malt syrup
raw sugar
refiner’s syrup
sorghum syrup
turbinado sugar
yellow sugar

What could possibly be wrong with sugar and its derivates? Why would I pick on sugar?

Good questions. Fact is, there’s really nothing wrong with sugar, it’s the quantity of consumption that’s in question.  If you start to read labels, you’d be surprised to see that sugar is added to literally every food item, even in foods that you wouldn’t expect to find sugar. The average North American diet consists of 20 teaspoons of added sugar daily. This is a lot especially when you consider this doesn’t count naturally occurring sugars found in food.

According to the World Health Organization, no more than 10 percent of calories should come from added sweeteners. In a diet composed of 2,000 daily calories, that would amount to about 200 calories, or 50 grams of sugar.

Sugar is an addictive substance. Once you taste something sweet, you crave more. The more sugar you ingest, the more sugar you want. You’ll you lose your taste for naturally occurring sugars when you eat intensely sweeten foods.

Here are a five of the obvious detrimental things that sugar does to your body:

  • Refined sugar contains no fiber, no minerals, no proteins, no fats, no enzymes, only empty calories. When you eat sugar, your body must borrow vital nutrients from healthy cells to metabolize it. Calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium are taken from various parts of the body to make use of the sugar. Calcium is used to neutralize the effects of sugar so sometimes the body draws this from the bones. Bones can then become osteoporotic.
  • If sugar consumption is continued, an over-acid condition results, and more minerals are needed from deep in the body to correct the imbalance. In essence, the pH of the body isn’t balanced.
  • Sugar makes the blood very thick and sticky, inhibiting much of the blood flow into the minute capillaries that supply our gums and teeth with vital nutrients. This can lead to diseased gums and dental problems.
  • The pancreas overreacts to large amounts of sugar in the blood and releases too much insulin. This can lead to diabetes.
  • Refined sugar may be one of the major dietary risk factors in gallstone disease. Gallstones are composed of fats and calcium. Sugar can upset all of the minerals, and one of the minerals, calcium, can become toxic, depositing itself anywhere in the body, including the gallbladder.

So what’s a girl to do? Well, your best bet is to become aware of all the places sugar hides and then try to reduce your consumption. Over time you’ll develop a taste for naturally occurring sugars. If you try to cut out sugar, you’ll likely experience some withdrawal symptoms. You’ll have crazy cravings and may feel sluggish and have a headache. After 4-5 days though, this will pass.

It’s easy to figure out your sugar consumption by reading food labels. The best way to visualize sugar content is to take the carbohydrate count and divide it by four. For example: if a serving size has 28 g of carbs, then that would amount to 7 teaspoons of sugar. Your goal should be to limit sugar consumption to a serving size of no more than 4 teaspoons of sugar or 16g of carbs at a time. Try to keep refined and process sugars out of your diet completely.

Give your diet a good hard look and cut back on sugar where you can at the very least. Cutting it out completely may be too much of a step to start. Baby steps and stay on track and your body will thank you in the end.

To me, cutting back on sugar is a great way to get bikini ready.