Sugar Makes You Fat Not Carbs

June 20, 2015

sugar makes you fat

Everyone knows you should cut back on the sweets like cake, ice cream, and cookies when you're on a diet.

Want to lose weight? Cut back on the carbs!

This common knowledge, however, often extends to the false belief that it's all carbs in general that are the problem.

The reality is sugar is a very damaging carb source for weight management. It's not as simple as saying all carbs are the problem. It's not even the calorie count in sugar you need to be worrying about.

There's a hormonal and digestive response caused by sugar that can cause weight gain... Even when you're on a restrictive diet.

Sugar And Weight Management

When starting a new diet, many focus on the calores trying to create a daily calorie deficit and the fat content of their meals.

As you become more knowledgeable about dieting and how your body utilizes certain calories, you become more restrictive with your carbohydrate intake.

"Carbs make you fat" has become such a widespread thought process that many zero carb diets have gained notable popularity.

The real problem isn't carbs in general, but processed, sugar filled foods that have become such a common source of our daily calories.

The Sugar Effect

It's not really the calories in sugar that's the main problem. It's the hormonal chain reaction that is caused by sugar. Specifically its influence on insulin, the hormone most responsible for weight management.

When there is excessive sugar digesting in your system, the liver may become overburdened trying to process all of it.

When this happens much of the sugar is processed and immediately turned into fat. That's when the pancreas begins to secret insulin, in an effort to aid the liver, telling your body to store all that fat on your body.

Any carbohydrate that digests quickly can have a similar effect, but it's sugar that can dramatically increase your body's willingness and need to store excessive amounts of fat.

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Artificial Sweeteners

There's growing evidence that artificial sweeteners are not as beneficial to weight loss as previously thought. People switching from regular sodas loaded with sugar, do not lose significantly more weight when switching to a diet soda with artificial sweetener.

The same can be said for other processed food sources that are marketed as sugar free but with added artificial sweeteners. It's believed the digestive process is anticipated, and begins before you even begin eating.

The thought, or expectation, of something sweet begins a digestive and hormonal response. This means you will consume fewer calories when switching to artificial sweetener, but the hormonal effect on weight management isn't changed.

Your body expects something sweet and doesn't differentiate if it's real sugar or not.

Are All Carbs Bad?

While many are opting for the path of a low or no carb diet, not all carbohydrates are bad for you. There isn't a high carb source you can eat excessively without gaining body fat, but many offer much needed fiber, minerals, and vitamins.

Foods that are processed, or have added sugar, are what you want to look out for the next time you're in the grocery store.

Unfortunately, it's these very foods that are currently being marketed as diet food. Don't make the mistake of buying a box of low fat diet treats that have significant amounts of added sugar.

As a general rule, when it comes to carbs, you want to consume as much food found in nature. Fruits and vegetables should always be a cornerstone of every healthy diet.

If it's been processed, cooked with white flour, or has added sugar it's likely to influence further weight gain.

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