If I were to award a single food item with the title of ‘Fastest Way To Pack On The Pounds’, hands down the winner would be refined sugar. 

You know the deal – sugar makes you fat (fast.)

We have been eating more and more sugar over the past 200 years, which has led to rising obesity numbers. Back in 1822 the average person ate only 6.3 lbs of sugar per year, compared to 130 lbs of sugar in 2012.

You read that right – from 6 pounds to 130!

That’s more than 20 times as much sugar in our modern eating! No wonder we are bigger than ever… 

One of the reasons that your eating habits are filled with so much sugar is that some form of refined sugar is included in virtually every single processed food. This is yet another reason that it’s important to cut those processed and packaged convenience foods out of your nutrition plan. 

Cutting out sugar is easier said than done. Once it is a part of your daily eating, cravings strike, causing you to eat it even more frequently.

Not only does it promote rapid fat storage, but here are sugar’s other dirty little secrets:

  • Sugar weakens your immune system
  • Sugar causes insulin resistance
  • Sugar is as addictive as hard drugs
  • Sugar speeds up the aging process
  • Sugar raises your risk of disease
  • Sugar is empty calories 

But there is hope. 

Here are 7 ways to crave less of that sugar that you’re eating that’s killing your results and keeping you from attaining your goal weight: 

1) Eat More Protein
A nutrition plan rich in protein keeps you full, satisfied, and less likely to crave sweets. A great way to make sure that you are getting enough is to plan each meal and snack around a protein. Plan breakfast around eggs, lunch and dinner around chicken, turkey and grass fed beef breast, and make snacks hard boiled eggs, cottage cheese, or protein shakes.

2) Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
One of the biggest fitness myths out there is the idea that calorie-free, artificially sweetened beverages don’t impact your fat loss results. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is that the diet soda you’re sipping is making it harder for you to reach your goal weight. While the diet soda itself doesn’t contain calories, it has been proven to cause cravings for sugary foods. Put down the diet soda and instead pick up a refreshing bottle of water.

3) Steer Clear Of Saboteurs
The sad truth is that people in your life will try to sabotage your low sugar nutrition strategy. You’ll run into that pushy person at the office who insists that you eat a donut, the well-meaning family member who dishes you up a bowl of ice cream, and the friend who comes over with a plate of her home-baked cookies. The best avoidance strategy is to sincerely thank the sugar-pusher for their gift, tell them you wish you could eat it, and then blame me – your awesome trainer – as the bad guy who says that you need to cut back on sugar.

4) Try Dark Chocolate
For those moments when your sweet tooth is relentlessly badgering you for something sweet, ditch the super-sugary candies and stick with a small square of very dark chocolate. Chocolate that is 70% or higher in cocoa content should be the only candy that you keep on hand. The benefit of the cocoa, in addition to the lowered sugar content, makes dark chocolate an occasionally justifiable treat. 

5) Stick With Fruit
What’s sweet, colorful and comes in hundreds of flavors? Seasonal fresh fruit, of course! As you remove refined sugar from your life, feel free to add in some natural sugar by way of fresh, local fruit. It’s amazing how satisfyingly sweet fruit is – it’s truly nature’s candy.  My favorite fruits are bananas, raspberries, and green apples.

6) Change Your Palate
As you begin to limit your intake of refined sugars, you’ll find that your tolerance for sugar decreases. This means that something that didn’t taste sweet before – say blueberries – now have an uncanny depth of sweetness. What’s happening is that your sweet receptors are becoming more finely tuned, now that you’re not overwhelming your palate with sickly-sweet refined sugar. 

7) Workout Like You Mean It
A regular, challenging cardio routine will not only help get you into amazing shape, it also reduces your cravings for sugar. The endorphin rush brought on by vigorous cardio is an even more powerful feel-good-feeling than the pleasure gotten by indulging in sugary foods. Plus your body will metabolize all sugars much better, making it tougher for any sugar to convert to fat.

Hope those tips help IMMEDIATELY!

As always if you need I am here to help, so just reply to this email or call me anytime to take your fat loss nutrition to the next level.

7 ways to crave LESS sugar

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