Does Sugar Make You Fat?
For most people who try to lose weight by dieting, avoiding fat and fatty foods is their primary concern. But what they may not realize is that fat comes in many forms, even if it is not labelled as such. This guide will touch on the dangers of too much sugar and the benefits of a low sugar diet.
The Labeling Problem
According to FDA regulations, fat only needs to be identified if it is a substance that begins as a fat. That includes the fat on red and white meats, Omega 3 fatty acids (which are actually very healthy for you), fat content in the form of cholesterol and a few others. But there is actually a wide range of fatty ingredients that never get labelled as such.
These are items that may not begin as fat and may serve a different purpose initially. But they start on the process to becoming fat pretty much as soon as they enter your body. Sugar is the foremost culprit there. Some sugar is going to be burned off and used up as energy, but unless you live a very active lifestyle, the majority of the sugar you consume will convert directly into fatty tissue.
This includes all kinds of sugar – syrup, glucose, sucrose, fructose and more. Almost any time you see sugar on a label, you can just add it to the fat content to determine the actual fat content.
Yet many people don’t realize how much sugar converts to fat. This is a big problem when it comes to foods that are labelled as “fat-free”. In actuality, they likely contain sugar or artificial sweeteners that will mostly become fat once consumed. The consumer may believe that fat-free actually means fat-free, but it almost never does. This leads many people to a false assumption that they can eat as much fat-free food as they like and never gain fatty tissue from it.
This problem continues with energy drinks, sodas and other sugary drinks. Many of these are advertised as high-energy products. While they do fulfil that role in providing short bursts of energy, that energy is mostly provided by some type of sugar. While some of that is going to be burned off by the more active consumers that drink them, much of the sugar content will become fatty tissue. That’s because these drinks are often overloaded with sugar. This gives a temporary feeling of high energy levels, but it also fills up the body with excess content that it cannot burn off quickly enough.
Eating a Low Sugar Diet
There is a definite struggle there for people who are trying to eat healthily and reduce the amount of fat that their body produces. They have to do more than just avoid ingredients that contain fat. They also have to watch out for sugars.
So to reduce your fatty intake, you need to be conscious of the amount of sugar you are consuming. The most obvious change to make is to go on a low sugar diet by cutting out or greatly reduce sugary drinks, as these contain more sugar than most sweet foods. You can replace them with low-sugar juices or with water. That way, you will enjoy the natural energy and not need to rely on the temporary rush provided by high sugar content.
But you also need to watch sugar levels in the foods you eat, even if you’re on a low sugar diet. Even foods labelled as sugar-free are suspect to the same fat-free label problem. Sugar substitutes are often just as fatty and dangerous as regular sugar, and your best means of avoiding them is to know exactly what foods can be classified as a sugar.
You can also control your diet better if you make food yourself. That way you know what is going into the food and you can keep tabs on the sugar content. Making food from whole ingredients is always healthier than buying it pre-made and pre-cooked. If you want to eat healthier, you need to know what you are eating. The only way you are going to know that for sure is to make the food on your own from ingredients you bought. This takes a lot more work, but it will definitely provide great results.