Sugar and the Flat Stomach Journey
When trying to lose weight and flatten the stomach, people often get so focused on calorie counting and fat content, that they ignore their sugar intake. You may not even realize how fattening sugar can be or how much you're consuming.
One sneaky thing that many food manufacturers do is cut out the calories and fat, but they often increase the amount of sugar to make up for flavor.
Sugar turns to fat if it's not burned off. So even though you're not technically consuming as much fat with these "low fat" foods, you are indirectly getting it through the amount of sugar you eat.
Be sure to read labels. What's tricky is that foods that you may consider "healthy" are often loaded in sugar. Certain brands of yogurt, granola bars, energy bars, flavored instant oatmeal, smoothies, fruit juices, cereals, etc. can contain anywhere between 15 and 35 grams of sugar per serving -- sometimes more!
If you're going to consume sweet products like fruit juice and cereal, look for the products that have "no added sugar" on the label. Natural sugar can still put weight on you, but it's much healthier than the added sugars.
Even artificial sweeteners can play havoc with your flat stomach journey because they often cause gas so you end up feeling and looking bloated.
If you're trying to flatten your stomach and lose weight, be conscious of how much sugar you consume. Try to keep your daily intake under 20 grams. I know that may seem impossible if you consider that one 12 oz can of soda contains over 30 grams, but there are ways to do it.
Ways to Eat Less Sugar
1) Substitute your soda or fruit juice intake with water or Crystal Light
2) Avoid foods with fructose, sucrose (or anything that ends with -ose) on the label. These are just fancy words for sugar. If you do consume foods with these ingredients, make sure they are not the first few on the list.
3) Use honey to sweeten foods and beverages instead of sugar. Honey has more vitamins and minerals and it's also unrefined and natural.
4) If you're craving something sweet, have a piece of fruit or someting with natural sugar instead of foods with added sugar.
5) Treat yourself every now and then to your favorite treat. You don't have to eliminate sugar altogether, but cutting it down tremendously will help.
6) Get rid of tempting sweets in your house. I don't know about you, but I'm less likely to crave sweets if they aren't sitting in the cabinet calling my name. If you can't control your sweet tooth, limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks you buy. Replace them with healthier options.
Most people get most of their sugar intake from beverages. So even if you make the one change of substituing fruit juice and/or soda with a sugarless beverage, it could make a world of difference.
Just remember, sugar is fine in moderation, but if you consume a lot of it (over 35 grams per day), it can negatively impact your journey for a flatter stomach and overall weight loss.