Earlier this month I blogged about Evil Sugar. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the links in that article yet I encourage you to have a look now. In particular the Yale article spells out clearly that sugar consumption leads directly to obesity and diabetes “Research Links Sugar Consumption, Fat Production, and Diabetes“. The lead researcher noted:
“The main issue of concern is the increase in total sugar consumption, not just that of high fructose corn syrup,”
I’m shocked at how many of my friends still believe that if they wish to lose fat then the best method is a “low fat diet”. THIS IS WRONG. Please don’t take my word for it, but read the scientific facts. In fact, in today’s world a “low fat diet” will end up doing more harm than good! Why is that?
If you want to lose fat then one of the best things you can do is cut out as much sugar as possible.
Most companies (especially publicly listed) have one overriding objective – to make money. They really don’t care about your health – but will never ever admit that as they know it would be extremely bad for business. In fact they will go out of their way (i.e. marketing) to try and show that they are trying to improve the general health of people in society, all the while peddling their sugar-laden fat bombs. It is like a casino subsidizing an addiction clinic.
I apologize if this tirade seems a bit over the top, however after reading the research I got quite angry as I was one of those people who have been duped for so many years that “fat is bad”.
Coming back to why a “low fat diet” can actually do more harm than good, it is because the food companies have swamped their “low fat” food with sugar in order to make it yummy for people! A great example – if you look at most small pottles of “low / no fat” yoghurt they have a huge amount of sugar. I used to enjoy having a “no fat” yoghurt and think that it was helping me lose fat. This yoghurt has 15 grams of sugar. How much is that? I hope you read this great article and found out that 4 grams = about 1 teaspoon of sugar. So my “no fat” yoghurt had about 4 teaspoons of sugar! In a pottle smaller than a regular teacup! Look at the nutritional label of things you eat and note how many grams of sugar there are. You’ll be shocked. They add sugar to so many things! I was shocked to find that I couldn’t find any plain milk that didn’t have sugar added. The lowest I found was a New Zealand brand that had about 1 teaspoon of sugar per 100 mls. This has somewhat motivated me to make my own almond milk (although I’m having trouble finding some muslin locally). So many things have sugar added.
As per the Yale article, all that sugar was just making it harder for me to lose fat! In that article the assistant professor talks about “The Loop”. That is:
“if fructose [sugar] is available, more fat will accumulate, but if fructose consumption is reduced or stopped, fat accumulation also halts”
Argh. How hard is it then to lose fat if one is feeding daily with more sugar?
But wait, it gets worse. The thing that blew my mind is a recent study titled “Sugary drinks can change muscles in a month“. They found that if a person starting taking regular sugary drinks, in only 4 weeks:
“it seems that our muscles are able to sense the sugars and make our metabolism more inefficient, not only in the present but in the future as well”
What does that mean? It means sugar leads to a whole lot of bad things going on in the body, and of most concern to bodybuilders is:
“This will lead a reduced ability to burn fat and to fat gain”
So if you are looking for one thing to do to make a positive change to your life and lose fat, then the low-hanging fruit is cut out as much sugar as possible.