It’s hard to believe isn’t it? After being told for so long that FAT is the culprit for expanding waist lines, research now confirms it’s………………..
A nutrition advisory panel that helps shape the country’s official dietary guidelines just released new official limits on the amount of added sugar that Americans should consume. The panel has also lifted its previous restrictions on fat and cholesterol.
Yes, that’s right, they are encouraging the addition of fats into the American diet!
Why Is Sugar Making Us Fat?
The low-fat diet introduced in the 1980s drastically changed the way we eat. Lowering fat intake meant replacing the fat calories with fillers like bread and processed foods, which all break down into, yep, you guessed it, sugar. The more sugar we eat, the more addicted to it we become.
Some Sugar Facts
It’s estimated that in the 17th century people had 16.25 teaspoons or 65 grams of sugar throughout the course of their lifetime. That’s the amount in a single coke.
It’s estimated that Americans now consume 22-30 teaspoons of sugar a day, and a large proportion of that comes from drinks.
And it’s making us FAT
How much sugar should you eat?
The panel is recommending that Americans limit sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories because of its link to obesity and chronic disease. That means roughly 12 teaspoons, or 48 grams a day. That’s still a very generous amount of sugar.
EAT MORE FAT TO GET THIN – Healthy Fat that Is!
We need to focus on eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and fish. Members of the panel said they want Americans to focus less on individual nutrients and more on overall patterns of eating.
WEANING YOURSELF OFF SUGAR AND SUGAR-CONTAINING PRODUCTS WILL CAUSE A DRASTIC DECREASE IN YOUR WEIGHT. But, it can be hard cutting down on sugar when you crave it so strongly.
Here are 3 strategies to help avoid processed sugar:
- Overcrowding: add more good stuff to crowd out the craving.
- Replace refined with more gentle sweeteners like raw honey, molasses, lacuna, maple syrup, coconut sugar
- Eat high quality fats like fish, nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut oil.
Like any addiction, it can be hard to do it on your own. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will create a personalized plan to help you kick your sweet-tooth and start you down the path to a healthier, happier you!
Let me know in the comment section if you have a helpful strategy to avoid sugar.
To your health,