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Tuesday, 26 August 2008

I'm sweet enough thanks!

A client asked me about a friend of hers the other day who had decided to take her nutrition into her own hands with a fool-proof plan for weight loss. Her theory was that she would restrict herself to 1500 calories a day, but eat whatever she wanted, primarily lots of sugar within that calorie limit. I'm guessing she thought that as long as she kept a restriction on her calories, she would lose weight - WRONG!!!!

Now you know we don't harp on too much about counting calories here, but in this case I think it's important to note the difference. A calorie is not just a calorie - if you eat 1500 calories worth of sugary stuff, you're gonna put on weight! If this same sugar muncher ate 1500 calories of good stuff, along with exercise etc, she would lose weight. Simple!

The food you put into your body helps your body to work better at metabolising energy and therefore more efficient at burning fat. You wouldn't fill your car with junk because it wouldn't function, and whilst our complex bodies are able to function on the not so good stuff for a period, over time they cease to do so. Think diabetes, heart disease etc.

The sugar fiend also claimed she was a 'sugar addict', so just a few words on this. If you eat sugary foods, you will get an immediate sugar rush shortly followed by a sugar low, so what do you do? Eat more sugar to get another high, and the cycle continues. If the energy/sugar you consume is not used up i.e. you are sitting at your desk munching, then your body thinks it is being super-efficient by storing that unused energy as body fat. Hence why a high sugar diet, even if it is calorie restricted, will lead to weight gain.

Stay sweet!


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