Is your definition of sugar keeping you from losing weight? There’s a very good chance the answer to this question is a resounding “Yes.” It turns out a lot of the foods you are eating actually have a lot in them that your body treats just like sugar – this helps to explain the specific and wide diet restrictions on sugars, starches and carbs for HCG Dieters.
When you understand how much sugar there is in the foods you eat, you’ll be shocked, and then you’ll be relieved. After you know what’s really going into your body, you can make healthier eating decisions both before, during and after the HCG Diet. Keep reading to learn about sugar and how you can cut it to lose a lot of weight fast.
What is Sugar?
When we think of sugar, we usually think of the kind we use in coffee or cookies. Whether it comes in packets, bags, or boxes, sugar almost always appears in our minds as white powder.
Having this definition of sugar in mind makes it difficult to really imagine what doctors and health professionals mean when they say soda is too “sugary.” Many popular sodas are clear, and while we don’t know about you, no one at the HCG Diet team has ever seen sugar granules in their soft drinks.
There’s a different definition of sugar we should be using when making food choices if we’re interested in weight loss, and one your doctor or nutritionist would use. Here it is:
A sugar is any substance your body will process into energy and, if there is excess, into stored fat.
It’s as simple as that. This definition makes it a lot easier to identify “real” sugars and outsmart food marketing strategies.
Now that you know what a sugar is, it’s time to learn how to identify sugars and products that actually put the pounds on when you’re trying to take them off.
Are You Eating These High-Sugar Foods?
In order to make the most out this information, it’s essential to cut out sugary foods.
Starches (Potatoes and Similar Foods)
Potatoes and other similar foods have a lot of starch, and eventually, your body will process that into energy/fat. While some natural starches are actually a part of a well-rounded diet, eating too many means you’ll accrue excess energy and gain fat.
Thanks to the popularity of low-carb diets, you probably have some idea about carbs and how they can contribute to body fat. In fact, cutting carbs entirely is a fast way to lose a few pounds – that’s part of the reason why carbs are prohibited on the HCG Diet protocol. High-carb foods include pasta, rice and bread.
Artificial sugars (aspartame, etc.)
Yep, your body has to process these, too. Even though aspartame, sucralose and other artificial sweeteners are “low calorie” and often labelled as “fat-free”, that’s technically only true until these sweeteners are processed by your body. That’s right, you can still get fat from too many sweeteners even if it’s not sugar.
What makes these sweeteners even worse is the way they don’t trigger the little mechanism your body uses to tell itself you’re full. That means you’ll keep eating and not feel as hungry as you would have if you’d actually used regular sugar in your food.
What’s the Best Alternative for Sugar?
All of this information makes it look like your food has to be bland to be good for you.
Don’t worry – this isn’t true.
With so much to know about sugar, there are really only two options you have when it comes to making sure you can cut out sugar for good and boost your health:
Cut sugary foods.
Use a natural sugar alternative – currently, the only one widely available on the market is stevia.
By using a Stevia-based sweetener, you can naturally add sweetness to your food without adding a ton of calories.
How does this work? Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar. However, for convenience purposes, stevia sweeteners are made in a way where that intense sweetness is taken down a few notches.