Monday, June 21, 2010

Why is Sugar a Problem?

I will try to make this as simple as possible and not get into too many technical details.......The primary reason sugar is a problem is because your body, like most people in today's world, doesn't need as many calories due to the relatively inactive lives most people lead.  Combine that with the fact that sugar supplies a large number of calories per gram and many people eat a lot of sugar.  Particularly problematic is refined sugar, the sugar found in any product that is refined or processed, has little or no nutritional's just straight calories.  For the most part the only unrefined sugar is going to be in fruits, veggies and other foods that you can find growing in fields or on trees.  When's the last time you saw a piece of bread growing in a field or on a tree?

Because refined sugar is so concentrated and void of nutrients your body has to pull nutrients from and water from your tissues in order to process it....thus potentially leading to dehydration and nutrient deficiencies.  It also causes your body to constantly release insulin (a storage hormone) into your blood so that the sugar can be shuttled into cells.  This leads to accumulation of fat tissue as the body needs more places to store the excess energy you are consuming.  As cells become full of sugars they become less sensitive to insulin (causing insulin resistance) which can lead to diabetes and a whole host of other problems.  Since there is a relatively high level of insulin in your blood due to the excess sugar consumption your blood vessels also start to become damaged due to the excess levels of insulin.  All of this puts more stress on your body which leads to the elevation of stress hormones such as cortisol which puts your body in an alarmed state where it wants to store calories to deal with what it assumes is coming stress.  Along with this your body will be triggered into releasing more sugar because it thinks you will need the energy to deal with the impending stress and the cycle continues.

Many people are in this cycle and as long as you continue feeding it with sugar and stress which leads to eating more sugar your body will not lose body fat regardless of how much you workout.  Just remember the goal of your body is survival.....and when your body is in survival mode you will not lose body fat.

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