Low sugar diet to shed the pounds

My taste in foods has changed considerably since going on a reduced sugar diet 8 months ago. I wasn’t out of shape or anything, nor was I overweight. However, I did feel slower as far as running goes. What really geared me towards a low sugar diet was an associate who showed me Sanjay Gupta’s work on how high sugar foods is bad for our health and how it gets stored as inner belly fat. There are other side effects that can develop over time.

Here’s the diet. Limit added sugar intake as much as possible within reason. By added sugar, I mean sugars that occur outside of fruits, veggies, and other whole foods. The American Heart association recommends a daily maximum added sugar intake of 24 grams for women and 32 grams for men. For those who drink soda and other sugary drinks, this is bad news. The standard can of soda has 44 grams of sugar (range of 40-48 grams), and is considered a serving size. That’s strange, given the fact that any bag of sugar lists the serving size as 4 grams (1 tsp). Does that mean a can of soda is really 11 servings of sugar? I bet so. Personally, I target 10 grams of sugar a day. Some days are more, many are less. Its not as hard as I initially thought, but it does involve tradeoffs. Though soda, American style candy bars (Snickers, Milky Way, M&M’s are off limits). Here’s some treats that tend not to break the rules in moderation.

Walker’s Shortbread Cookies: Serving size 1 cookie, 3 grams sugar, very whole ingredients

Lindt 85% dark chocolate bar: A personal favorite, with 5 grams of sugar per serving size of 4 squares, which I normally eat 1 square at a time (1.25 grams).

Slice of homemade pumpkin pie (reduce the sugar here, it will work, trust me): 8 grams

Some dessert breads are OK, but watch out as many normal breads are loaded with sugar

Lastly, I have found good success in the international food aisles for healthy treats.

About Steve @ FPO
Hello FPO readers, I have been writing on financial topics for about 12 years now, but I have only recently reignited the fire of publishing online. I have to say, its good to be back. I am an electrical engineer by trade who enjoys all topics engineering and financial. I started Financial Place Online (FPO) to create a value added financial news and education website that would provide a refreshing daily financial read. Financial Place Online websites are built around the principles of consumer empowerment, leveling the playing field, zero spam tolerance, and none of those annoying sidebar or banner ads. For us, it's all about enjoying a good read.

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