Sugar seems to be all the rage at the moment so I have written down my thoughts around the topic. All views are my own and I welcome an open discussion on the topic.
I have lost count how many times over the last few weeks someone has said to me they are cutting out sugar. Usually the reason for this is for fat loss. This has obviously coincided with the sugar tax imposed by the government and while on the surface it sounds like a good idea in my opinion what is needed is more education and less ignorance.
The main idea behind sugar tax is tackling obesity. The thing is sugar is not making the nation fat. Excess calories are making people fat. No one got fat drinking coke. Eating the calorie dense sandwich, the flapjack and the packet of crisps, as well as the coke in your meal deal is what is making you fat.
Education on calories is really what’s needed so people can make better food choices. Rather than cutting things out of their diet, they can understand how to enjoy a flexible approach to eating so they can enjoy foods they like and still drop body fat. Anyone who works with me will tell you they didn’t have to massively restrict their diet to drop plenty of body fat.
For me there is also a degree of ignorance that is playing a part in obesity. Nearly all the food you buy has a food label attached to it. How many people actually read this? Everyone I work with tracks calories for at least a few weeks. And every time I get the same thing. “ I didn’t know such and such had X amount of calories.”
You do not need to cut sugar out of your diet to lose weight. You just don’t need to eat 3 cakes, just have 1. Educate yourself on how many calories some of your favourite foods have in them so you can make better choices.
With that being said I had a debate recently with someone regarding the amount of sugar in my home made fruit smoothie. Yes there is sugar in fruit. There is also fibre, vitamins and minerals in fruit that you will not get with something like a cake not to mention the lower calorie content if you look at fruits such as berries.
It makes absolutely no sense to cut fruit out of your diet because of its sugar content if you are trying to eat a balanced healthy diet. The benefits out weigh all negatives. I would also like to point out the sugar in fruit is not the same as the processed sugars in the cake.
One final point to make about cutting out sugar. All carbs are broken down in the body and turned into glucose. Glucose is sugar. So unless you eliminate ALL carbs from your diet you aren’t actually cutting out sugar...