Avoid Sugar when You’re Trying to Lose or Maintain Weight
In this age where you can find temping food on practically every corner, staying trim can be a struggle. In fact, struggle is an understatement. Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight is a constant battle against sweet temptation.
Our bodies have a love-hate relationship with sugars. (Or, more accurately, we may love to consume it, but hate some of the results.) Glucose, a simple sugar that is an important energy source for living organisms and a component of many carbohydrates, is an important ingredient in keeping our bodies functioning properly. Another simple sugar, fructose, however, can be a major culprit in weight-gain.
Fructose is linked with weight-gain because it can cause insulin-resistance in the body. The body produces insulin, which is an important hormone that regulates the body’s metabolism, giving us energy. Another one of its important functions is to dispose of the glucose once it becomes toxic. When you consume too much fructose, your body can become resistant to insulin. This raises your risk for type 2 diabetes and can contribute to weight-gain.
To make matters worse, fructose makes the body resistant to another important hormone—leptin. Leptin is a hormone that is secreted by fat cells. It is responsible for giving the brain a heads-up if the body requires more fat. The brain will know when your body has had enough fat by registering that there’s an excess of leptin. This triggers your brain to stop you from being hungry, preventing you from eating more. But thanks to fructose, this process won’t be effective in your leptin-resistant body. Once you leptin is compromised, good luck eating the “just the right” amount.
Glucose can satiate your hunger, but fructose can dull your hunger receptors. Here’s another clear difference between glucose and fructose. Let’s look at beverages as examples. Drinks that contain glucose can make you feel less hungry. But can you guess what fructose-containing drinks do to you? That’s right—they can make you feel even hungrier, which of course puts you at risk of weight-gain.
Make it a point to pay attention to what you eat. You don’t have to be an expert. Just being aware of what is good and bad for your body.
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Category: Weight Loss