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Sugar and belly fat


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I heard yesterday a brief discussion on the radio about how sugar creates belly fat, and by reducing the amount of sugar in your diet it can reduce belly fat.  They meant all kinds of sugars: sugar in milk, sugar in fruit and of course actual sugar.

Give me your thoughts and also suggestions what is a so called "right" amount of sugar to have per day and recommendations on food products to reduce the sugar intake: like almond milk, zethia bread (not sure how to spell that one..... you know the bread found in the frozen section?

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I"m not sure about the belly fat thing, but sugar definitely makes your body store fat. If you research low GI diets, diabetic diets, low carb diets, you'll find the science is pretty clear - sugars and foods that are converted to sugar quickly by the body cause an insulin spike. Insulin's job is to remove sugar from the blood and put it in fat cells. (it's a little more complicated than just this, but this is the basic idea)

Sugar, candy, juice, most dairy (except cheeses) fruit, potatoes, bread and pasta all fall into this category.

You can buy unsweetened almond breeze. The bread you're thinking of is ezekiel - and although probably the best bread if you have to have bread, it will still cause an insulin increase so if you do eat it, be sure to have more protein and fats than bread to try to minimize the insulin spike.

 

Sybil878.......thank you for your response and the correct name of the bread.  You did help clarify some of my points.

But for anyone reading this:  what is the recommend dose of sugar per day, and also recommended food items?

According to the American Heart Association, the recommended daily intake of added sugars for adults is 5 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. (Source: http://americanheart.mediaroom.com/index.php? s=43&item=800)

The biggest food recommendation I could make to you would be to cut down on processed foods. Aside from the high amount of sugar most highly processed foods have, they're often full of other chemicals and additives that you don't need. But of course that's not to say that you can't EVER have processed foods, because most things are fine in moderation.

I recently cut gluten out of my diet for health reasons and I've noticed that my sugar intake has been greatly reduced. This probably goes hand in hand with the fact that I've cut down greatly on heavily processed foods as a result.

Just found a little more info to share:  I read an article just now saying: if your diet was 2,000 cals 50 grams or less in that diet should be sugar about 200 calories.

Also 1 teaspoon of sugar =  4 grams of sugar.

I do not eat sugar in any of it's form... except from vegetables which is pretty minimal and it seems to be working for me... I am satisfied with my body and have bounds of energy every single day! I would totally recommend dropping sugar considering my personal experience has been phenomenal! But... I guess each to their own!

There are tons of food out there that are absolutely delicious and do not contain sugar, doing a little research is all it takes!

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I do not eat sugar in any of it's form... except from vegetables which is pretty minimal and it seems to be working for me... I am satisfied with my body and have bounds of energy every single day! I would totally recommend dropping sugar considering my personal experience has been phenomenal! But... I guess each to their own!

There are tons of food out there that are absolutely delicious and do not contain sugar, doing a little research is all it takes!

yes i agree on cutting the sugar and feeling good...

but what about fruits? do you limit them?

I have such a hard time with this problem.  What do you eat if you cut down (or out) sugar in your diet?  So many vegetables contain sugar (carrots, tomatoes, yam, even spinach!) and those are so important in terms of other nutrients, like potassium, I can't see myself cutting them out.  Also, fruit has all sorts of vitamins and fiber, and what grain or dairy (besides light cheese or possibly plain yogurt?) could you possibly eat that has a low sugar content?  

I can completely understand wanting to cut out added sugar (which I'm in the process of doing), but how do you get a balanced diet in the end?  

I guess my main point (without sounding too antagonistic :P), is if you have to take all kinds of supplements to get what your body needs, how healthy are you really eating?  

(If there's an answer, tell me!  I really want to know!)

For the last few days I have been reading a bit on the subject, I am going to try and stay under 50--40g per day.  Take out as much as possible from any processed food first and just be cautious with veggies, and limit fruits..and mostly in the morning fruits to burn them off.

But please if you are on this program share your subsitutes or recommendations: one I found is for milk...almond way less sugar.  And for yogurt with a sugar subsitute is way less than without.

For a pasta/rice substitute:  quinoa............just because the benefits are so high and the sugar is low.

Potato no substitute?

Bread....check your labels there is one that my costco sell by militon...a wheat it has very little sugar.

I also spoke to someone who is on this plan and one they lost 5 pds. intinially very fast and they do feel overall a lot healthier.

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What about natural surgars like stevia;  I do not eat processed foods; I do eat alot of fruit and have a sweet tooth at night which is usually when I eat some dark chocolate.....I do have coffee with stevia and I drink smoothies that I make with the agave nectar but I cant seem to get rid of the  belly fat!!!  I already exercise at least 4-5 x a week so Im curious if anyone has any other suggestions for me

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