Avoid Sugar! Eat More Fat to Get Thin.

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………………..

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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

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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!

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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.


Here are 3 strategies to help avoid processed sugar:

  1. Overcrowding: add more good stuff to crowd out the craving.
  2. Replace refined with more gentle sweeteners  like raw honey, molasses, lacuna, maple syrup, coconut sugar
  3. 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 maureen@maureenkemeny.com 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,

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  1. Liz says

    My sister is trying to break her sugar addiction. I saw you mentioned that raw honey is a good substitute and I’m glad to hear it! We’re trying a recipe for a dinner party dessert banana bread, only replacing the 1/2 cup of sugar with honey! I think it’ll turn out quite good and just as sweet 🙂

    • Maureen Kemeny says

      Hi Liz. Little steps like reducing the amount of sugar called for in a recipe and replacing with a healthier alternative, can really add up to make a big difference in your health. Good luck with the dinner party.

  2. Ernesto Rheinboldt says

    Hi Maureen,

    Thanks, all your instructions are helping me to get more Health .

    My energy are improving day by day after I start reading /following carrefully your Blog.

    That your amazing Work!

  3. Jen Laible says

    I’m taking your advice and cutting white sugar out as much as possible! I like using honey and maple syrup. I use Truvia in my coffee. And I like to bake using bananas or applesauce as a sweetener.

    • Maureen Kemeny says

      Hi Jen. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your tips with us. I love all your healthy substitutes, especially using bananas and applesauce in baking.

  4. Michelle Hook says

    There are a couple of ways that we have dramatically reduced our sugar consumption. One is to pay attention to how it makes your feel when you overindulge in refined products. Never good! Focusing on that helped reframe our mind set.
    Two is to always keep fresh fruit on hand for those sweet cravings. Even during the holidays or dinner parties, I always offer a fruit platter along with the desserts. Making a healthy choice first means we are less likely to overdo on the refined sweets.

    • Maureen Kemeny says

      Michelle, you bring up a good point in that we need to focus on how food makes us feel. Food should make us feel energized. Offering a fruit platter along with other deserts is a great idea. It’s so much easier to make a healthy choice when there is actually a choice given. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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