Dr. Matthew Gianforte
Eating Healthy Kansas City | If you have a sweet tooth, you know it can be difficult to avoid sugary foods like pastries, candy, or even soda. Which sugary food is your weakness?
Researchers have proven that sugar is a key contributor to weight gain. But how?
Sugar is made up of two molecules: glucose and fructose. Glucose is what your body uses for energy. Fructose, on the other hand, is a molecule that your liver turns to fat and is a key contributor to weight gain and disease.
The Connection Between Sugar and Weight Gain
When you eat a lot of sugar, it causes your blood glucose to rise, which can be toxic. Your body then produces insulin to get glucose out of your blood and put into your cells to be used for energy. Over time, your body can actually build a resistance to insulin which means that your pancreas works harder to create the same balance.
When the resistance to insulin reaches a critical point, it can result in type II diabetes. But before that happens, your body begins storing the overabundance of fat (from fructose) in your fat cells. The worst part? Not only do you start “gaining weight” but your body has a tough time getting the energy out of the fat cells, which means your brain thinks you are hungry, and you eat even more. What a vicious cycle!
- Excess sugar can lead to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and weight gain.
- Eating sugary foods can result in your body storing more fat.
- Sugar can trick your brain into thinking it’s still hungry (even after you’ve eaten a full meal).
How To Ditch Sugar & Start Eating Healthy
Staying fit and eating healthy can be challenging, but we are here for you. How you choose to eat is one of the most important aspects of living a healthy life. When you make good choices about how you eat, how you move, and how you think – you are set up for a healthy life.
Start with small healthy choices and slowly build the habit of healthy eating. Just like working out, you will be more successful and see better results if you make consistent health decisions daily. Start with one task. Whether you decide to eat more veggies or drink half your weight in ounces of water daily, when you start eating healthier with baby steps and add to it, you’ll be running before you know it.
Ready to take the first step?
Get 15 Pounds Healthier in 15 Weeks
Register For The Workshop
Let’s face it, you’ve been trying to lose those pounds and get healthier. You’re probably not at you’re ideal weight, but that’s okay – you’re not the only If you’re not at your ideal weight and struggling to lose the pounds, you are not alone. A good number of people struggle with weight loss in Shawnee KS – despite their best effort. Is this your story?
In our upcoming webinar, we’ll cover:
- The problem with the trendy diets
- Why you should quit using starvation diets
- How to stop “yo-yoing” for good
- The most recent findings about efficient ways to lose to weight and effectively keep it off
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Sugar Consumption, Metabolic Disease and Obesity: The State of the Controversy. Crit Rev Clin Lab Sci. 2016