You’re going to be hearing a lot more about sugar and especially hidden sugars in everyday foods and drinks.
Why do we say “sugars” and not “sugar”? It’s because sugar can be disguised in many forms.
Here’s just 10 sugars that ‘sound’ almost healthy:
- Agave Nectar
- Barley Malt
- Beet sugar
- Blackstrap Mollasses
- Brown Rice Syrup
- Cane Juice
- Coconut Sugar
- Corn Syrup
- Fruit Juice Concentrate
Next, be aware of the secret method food manufacturers use to disguise how much sugar is in a food or drink. They have to list the ingredients in the order of quantity. If sugar is the 2nd biggest ingredient it will be listed 2nd. To hide ‘sugar’, all they need do is use a number of different ‘sugars’ and they’ll all be buried in the ingredients list. If some of them sound ‘natural’ they’re less likely to alert you. Some will even brag about being “Naturally Sweetened with Organic Agave Nectar”.
To your body, it makes little difference. It’s all sugar which adds to your daily carbohydrate load without adding any nutrients. Your body has no requirement for sugar. Nil.
For the past 30 years we’ve been told (falsely) to be scared of fat. For food manufacturers they simply replaced the fat with sugars. They benefited in two ways:
- They could say that the food or drink was “low fat” without saying it was “high sugar”.
- Adding sugar to foods and drinks made them more addictive. Some believe that low-fat / high-sugar foods have turned us into a nation of overweight sugar addicts.
Sugar versus Carbs?
Your body does not care about the source, as your body will break down all sugar and carbohydrate into blood sugar. Then your body’s hormonal regulatory systems will go to work to burn up this blood sugar, store it in the liver or muscles or convert it to fat.
The 36 Lowest Carb Vegetables and 5 Lowest Carb Fruits
We want you to eat loads of low-carb vegetables and some fruits as they are high in nutrient density (good for you) and low in carbohydrate yield (help your fat burning hormones do their job) and some fruits. That’s why our Daily Planners have the definitive list of the 36 lowest carb veggies and 5 lowest carb fruits to make this easy for you.
What about calories? Don’t they matter?
Almost everybody has tried to ‘eat less and exercise more’, failed, and then developed the belief that ‘diets don’t work’ and that “exercise didn’t help me lose weight”. And when they see fit slim people they naturally think that those people got slim exercising. This thinking leads to inner conflict and guilt. Slim people (fit or unfit) are hormonally different to larger people in how they burn energy and especially fat. Generally (not always) lean people can tolerate a lot more carbohydrate. Actually, everyone differs. In fact most people can tolerate small amounts of sugar used to sweeten some foods and snacks as long as it’s within their personal daily carbohydrate tolerance.
Here’s the good news
When you learn how much carbohydrate (from any source including sugars) your body can tolerate, per day, per meal and per snack… you’ll enjoy two wonderful benefits:
- You’ll be able to lose weight without feeling hungry.
- Feeling less hungry means that you’ll be perfectly comfortable eating less. You’ll naturally eat less calories without “dieting”.
PS: Watch out next February for the release of That Sugar Film. Read more here. But if you get on the right eating plan for your body now, you may be up to 10 kg lighter and healthier before the film comes out!