When you think of sugar, you most likely think of the packages of granulated white sugar you can pick up at any supermarket. That’s not the only kind, but it’s the most widely consumed. What you may fail to understand, along with many others, is that “sugar” is a generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates.
Not all carbohydrates are soluble and not all of them are sweet, but they all affect the human body in the same ways. They supply energy, energy that gets stored in fat cells when it’s not used immediately. Almost everything edible on the planet contains some amount of carbohydrates. You can’t avoid it, but you can consume less of it.
You may not lose weight, but you’ll lose fat and fat loss is what you’re really after. Muscles weigh more than fat and if you’re active, losing weight can be counterproductive.
I tried following a ketogenic diet for a couple of months, but it didn’t work for me. I didn’t start losing weight, while gaining muscle tissue, until I started eliminating as much sugar from my diet as I could. I couldn’t eliminate all of it and I still can’t.
I’ve lost about 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) in a couple of months by changing only one facet of my daily diet. I consume far less sugar than before. Because of this, I don’t crave the snacks I used to crave. I wasn’t a big junk food eater to begin with, but I liked my corn and tortilla chips with salsa and cheese dips. Now I avoid those as well. I eat less food now because I crave less of everything.
I drink weak, black coffee that I brew myself most mornings. I can’t drink it stronger (or the instant variety) unless I add at least a teaspoon of sugar, and I prefer not to. I’ve pretty much given up on drinks that I can’t consume without added sugar, like iced tea.
I’m almost convinced that it isn’t the caffeine in coffee that keeps people awake. I think it’s the sugar. Once I started drinking coffee black, without anything added, I could go to sleep an hour later without consequence. I go to sleep much more quickly and sleep better at night these days.
Have doctors, dietitians and nutritionists been lying to us all along? Is there a conspiracy to keep people craving sugar-laden food and drink? Sugar causes so many health problems, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s part of the health industry business model.
Carbohydrates, whether they’re sweet of not, are in almost everything you can eat or drink. Sugar seems to be added to almost every kind of processed food. I was ticked off the first time I noticed it on the label of Ragu spaghetti sauce. Why on Earth would anyone add sugar to something that shouldn’t be sweet?
I have to admit there are some things I can’t eat without adding sugar, like oatmeal and grits. At least I’m consciously adding it instead of it being forced on me. Many of the things I eat regularly contain something processed, so I have to be careful about the ingredients. Things like canned corned beef and canned luncheon meat are fairly safe, depending on the brand.
I don’t care what you call it. High fructose corn syrup is just another kind of sugar, as is anything naturally sweet. If you think the sugar you get when you eat apples and oranges is any better than any other kind, think again. Everything gets converted to glucose in the body, regardless of what it starts out as.
Unless you live on a farm and consume what you grow and raise there, you have to live with what you obtain from other sources. Learn to read labels and avoid anything suspicious, especially if there aren’t any ingredients listed.