On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering the often asked question, does sugar make you fat?
When you look at the nutrition label on a box of sugar, and it show’s zero grams of fat, don’t be fooled.
Even if there’s no dietary fat in that food, it doesn’t mean you can’t get fat by eating it.
If you’re floored by this statement, you my friend are focusing on the wrong thing, and this post is for you.
But don’t worry, many people, including my former self, don’t understand this.
When I first started my journey to Live Lean over 10 years ago, I remember making this same mistake.
I focused on eating low fat foods, because let’s be real, eating fat must make you fat right?
I was so wrong.
Last week I shared an example of the “perfect refrigerator”, when I showed you what’s in my fridge.
If you missed it, my fridge was filled with healthy low sugar foods.
That sweet tasty ingredient we all love, called sugar, doesn’t just cause cavities.
In studies done on rats, sugar was shown to be even more highly addictive than cocaine.
Even though the rats were turned into cocaine addicts, the rats still chose the sweet taste of sugar over cocaine.
By the way, I hate rats.
The over consumption of sugar is one of the main reasons why our society is fat.
Here’s a step-by-step analysis of what happens to your body when you consume a bowl of sugary cereal.
Too much sugar is a major cause of obesity, and one of the main reasons why your abs are covered with that stubborn layer of belly fat.
The overconsumption of sugar may cause diabetes and raises your bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowers your good cholesterol (HDL).
And don’t be fooled, sugar is described as many different things on food labels, including:
Here are a couple tips on how to consume sugar in a healthy way.
Besides fruits and vegetables, only eat carbohydrates that contain more than 5 grams of fiber and less than 5 grams of sugar.
If any form of sugar appears before the 5th ingredient on the food label, it means there is a lot of sugar in the food, and you should avoid it.
If you are going to have sugar, plan it so you consume sugar after your workout.
When you workout, you create more room to store the sugar as glycogen in the muscle and liver cells, rather than the fat cells.
You have to earn your sugar by working out like a beast.
I want you to take a 2 week vacation from consuming refined sugar.
When you do this, I promise after the initial 4-7 day adaptation period, you will experience an incredible feeling of health and vitality.
If you’re wondering what you should be eating during this 14 day refined sugar free vacation, I have over 200 sugar free recipes in my Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook.
Check out my Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook for over 200 quick, healthy, easy, affordable, and delicious meals that are high in protein, low in fattening carbohydrates, and higher in super healthy fat.
This also comes with an 8 week meal plan, recipes, and grocery lists to supercharge your results faster.
Take the guess work away and just execute on the plan people.
It’s all done for you.
It’s amazing how many tasty snacks and meals you can come up with, using all real healthy ingredients.
I pity those “dieters” ruining their sustainable chances of Living Lean by eating boring foods.
In the comments below, tell me the sugary food you love to eat.
If there is an overwhelming choice, I’m going to challenge myself to see if I can create a healthy substitute recipe video for you.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.