So, how do they get us to eat more girth enlarging calories? Sugar!
The effect that this type of consumption has is that you eat more calories than your body needs, you easily gain weight, and it's easier to become the President than to lose weight.
We, the “tricks”, are eating what amounts to about 31 teaspoons of added sugar a day, which equates to about 500 extra calories a day, or 25% of your daily caloric intake each and every day.
How do they trick us into doing that?
The “hooker” (the U.S. Government) requires that the “pimp” (the food industry) disclose the amount of sugar contained in a given product. Sounds great on paper, doesn't it?
What if sugar is given a different name, one that you may not be aware of? Having somewhat of a brain, you would assume that molasses and honey must contain sugar. But what about sorghum or corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup or turbinado or fructose or amazake or lactose or dextrose or sucrose, or galactose, or maltose? Jeez, it's enough to make you comatose!
The average person wouldn't associate these scientific-sounding names with sugar. But that's what they are.
These sugar aliases allow a food manufacturer to list these euphemisms on the same label without telling you it's all sugar.
The next trick they use is to list the information in grams. Why grams? Because you don't know squat about grams.
When you see that a 12-ounce can of soda contains 40 grams of sugar, you could care less. But what if you saw that that same can of soda contained 10 teaspoons of sugar?
What would you think if you were sitting next to a guy in Starbucks and you watched him put 10 teaspoons of sugar in his coffee? You would think the guy was lolo (Hawaiian for crazy), wouldn't you?
So, allow me to make it easy for you. Four grams equals one teaspoon. You divide the total grams by four and you will know how many teaspoons you are about to ingest.
In dealing with the “sugar conspiracy” thrust upon us, we left off with the using of grams to describe sugar content. But, it doesn't end there.
One very, very important thing to remember is that you must read labels, because many “non-sweet” products contain sugar as well.
A half cup of store-bought spaghetti sauce can contain as much as three teaspoons of sugar.
Ketchup can have a 20% sugar content.
When the “pimps” take the fat out of a product, like cookies or salad dressing, guess what they replace it with? Yep, sugar and extra salt. High blood pressure anyone? Calorie wise they are not much less than the “fattier” version.
Bread is another one. It's sugar and eggs (the whites, by the way, are used in aircraft paint because they don't crack under extreme temperatures.) that gives bread its nice, golden crust.
We know that potato chips are salty, but they can contain sugar as one. They don't say, “betcha can't eat one”, for nothing.
And let's not forget the popular high protein energy bars. These guys can contain up to 300 calories and are loaded with sugar.
There was a study done at the American College of Neuropsycopharmacology ( say it three times fast and you'll own it) that found that sugar gives the same brain reaction like morphine, cocaine and nicotine. To put it another way, sugar is addictive!
The reality is that the food industry knows full well that sugar is addictive, so it shouldn't come as surprise to you that they will put as much as they can in as many products as they can to get you to eat more and more and more. You eat more, you get fat, you get sick, they get rich. They see that as a win-win situation. How do you see it?
But sugar just doesn't make you waddle down the street. It does a number on your insulin levels and leads you to becoming a diabetic. Did you know that just consuming one can of soda a day increases your risk of diabetes by 85% and can cut 11 to 20 years off your life? No s - - t!
Trust me, it's not a walk in the park to break a sugar habit, but you have to give it your best shot.
You can keep your blood sugar stable by including protein with every meal. If you know about quinoa, the incredible grain from Peru which is a complete protein, you can eat that and get plenty of fiber as well. Remember, if it had a face or a mother it has no fiber.
If you use fruit as a substitute for sugar it will help curtail your sugar cravings.
Under no circumstances substitute fake sugar and think it's the answer.
Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet, etc) will turn you into a zombie because the methanol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde at 84 degrees F (the body's temperature is 98.6 degrees F)
Splenda is derived from chlorine and is best used in your swimming pool.
The reality is that these fake sugars do not eliminate sugar cravings, they actually increase them. A study proved that a person's risk for obesity went up 41% for each daily can of diet soda.
So, do the best you can and take it one day at a time. When you see your weight come down and your mood swings level out and you have more sustained energy, you'll know you're on the right road.
Just stay as sweet as you are.