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This is Robert Lustig’s Extraordinary Video – Sugar – The Bitter Truth
This one and half hour long presentation has been been watched by 2,880,678 people on You Tube as I write this and views are still increasing. Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. In one interview when asked about fruit juice, he suggested that if people wanted to separate the two they should eat the pulp and fibre and throw away the juice!
If you are still eating the same amount of sugar when you’ve seen this, well…
Eliminating Sugar from Your Diet
When following the Paleo Diet you will see that all sugary foods are banned. Even though this might be hard for some people, eliminating sugar from your diet is a very good thing to do!
Yes, sugar does taste good but it also contains huge amounts of calories. Not good for anyone wanting to lose weight! Sugar is addictive and you will find that the more you eat, the hungrier you feel and the more your body will crave more sugar.
Sugar Makes Fat
Your body cannot physically handle or eliminate all this sugar and so your liver will convert sugar and store it as fat. It isn’t animal fat that makes you store fat it’s sugar. This fat shows up on your hips, thighs, buttocks and stomach.
As well as food cravings sugar is responsible for making you feel tired. If you eat too much sugar you may find that you wake up tired. You don’t feel refreshed at all.
You can get rid of this tiredness but eating or drinking something else that contains sugar but then the cycle starts over again. You feel better temporarily from the sugar high but your body crashes leaving you still feeling hungry and fatigued.
So how do you break this sugar cycle?
Well the obvious way is by solemnly swearing to eliminate as much sugar as possible from your diet. A Heroic & Healthy sacrifice!
Cutting back on soft drinks, processed foods, biscuits, muffins and cookies is a good start.
You should also be careful to not choose fruits which are high in sugar at first, like bananas.
If you are trying to lose weight eat more veggies and only one or two pieces of fruit per day at first while your body adjusts to the reduced sugar.
Sugar & Cholesterol
People who eat high amounts of refined sugar have been found to have high triglyceride levels, plus their good (HDL) cholesterol levels are low. Low HDL levels are a cause for heart attacks.
The amount of sugar that you can safely eat is around 8 teaspoons per day, or 100 calories for women and 150 calories from sugar for men. This amount of sugar can be found in one can of flavoured fizzy drink!
The best way to eliminate sugar from your diet is to take giving it up one step at a time. Start by replacing those soft drinks with a herbal tea or water. Water will actually help flush out toxins from your body and jump start your weight loss efforts.
Start eating regularly and allow yourself small snacks in between each meal. Sugar is known to curb your hunger quickly, so not allowing yourself to suffer from those hunger attacks is key. By keeping your body full with nourishing healthy foods you can overcome your sugar cravings within a few days.
If you do decide to quit sugar totally the first two to three days will be the hardest to get through. Your body will crave something sweet so make sure you have some paleo snacks such as nuts or berries on hand to eat.
Try your best not to comfort eat on sugar snacks…
Stress is another cause of sugar cravings and if you find yourself wanting to eat when stressed then it is time to deal with the cause of your stress. Taking the time to find out the root cause and handling it is the only way to remove stress from your life. As well as making you crave sugar stress can cause all kinds of health issues including some serious illnesses!
We have a mind set that sugar is a treat. Change this and life will be easier. One person I spoke to said he imagined that eating sugar was like eating glass. In this way he made it a terrible thing to do and this thought kept him true to steering clear of any food with sugar in it.
By following the Paleo diet you will only consume the type of sugar that is found naturally in grown foods. By eliminating the concentrated refined and processed sugars from your diet you should start to feel more stable and less hungry and tired. You may also experience a sharp drop in your weight quite quickly.