Cutting back on foods made up of predominantly sugars and starches (carbs) may be the most important part of a fat loss plan. This is because these foods stimulate secretion of insulin the most, which is undesirable, as insulin is the main fat storage hormone in the body.
Reducing sugars and starches in our diet cause insulin to go down. When insulin goes down, fat has an easier time getting out of the fat stores and the body starts burning fats instead of carbs. Another benefit of lowering insulin is that your kidneys shed excess sodium and water out of your body, which reduces bloat and unnecessary water weight .
When we eat a lot of sugar, most of the fructose gets metabolised by the liver. There it gets turned into fat, which is then secreted into the blood. This is why it is not uncommon to lose up to 10 pounds (sometimes more) of both body fat and water weight in the first week of eating less sugar and starches. For this reason reducing sugars and starches is at the top of our list of 10 commandments to for ABSolutely Amazing Abs.
Most sugars come in high-fat and/or high-carb foods that have been processed or at least contain tons of unwanted ingredients ( with the exception of fruit). Cutting back on these will guarantee fat loss plus other amazing benefits such as :
We are guaranteed to have a higher energy level naturally without sugar. In other words, sugar blocks our body’s ability to keep our energy stores at maximal levels. Plus, there will be no up-and-down with your blood sugar, so afternoon crashes will become history.
Eating sugar makes you crave more sugar, right? By cutting back on or quitting sugar, your body will not be subjected to all the additional calories. You won’t feel hungry, and you’ll end up losing weight – or at least not seeing the scale fluctuate as dramatically.
3. Efficient Digestion
When you cut back on sugars and starches, you’re enabling your digestive system and bowels to reset their ability to process food. You may even find that your bowel movement improves. Everything starts to get back into a normal routine.
4. No More Sugar Cravings
“Sugar begets sugar”. The more you eat it, the more you want it. When you removing sugar from your diet you’ll slowly begin to lose the desire to eat anything with sugar in it. Fruits will taste amazingly sweet, and if you do take a bite of a cake or eat candy, you’ll be shocked at how overly sweet they seem.
5. Healthy Skin
Simple carbohydrates, such as refined sugar, white bread and soda, cause insulin levels to spike, which leads to what Dr. Perricone describes as “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.” Inflammation produces enzymes which break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin, wrinkles and even acne.
6. Increased Risk of Diseases
Excessive sugar consumption has been linked with many diseases. Sugar has been associated with:
- Heart disease
Now you know why we must dump sugar, please join us! Remember to add a daily workout regimen to this lifestyle change.
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