10 Ways to Cut the Sugar
By: Dianne Villano - CPFI www.mypersonalfitnesscoach.com
Americans typically consume 20 percent of their daily calories as sugar. This is about double the generally accepted amount.
Most people are not aware of most of the sources from which they get their sugar. Nore are they aware of the many myths associated with carbohydrates (i.e., sugars). Here are some simple ways to eliminate the nutritionally (but not caloricly) void sugars from your diet--and the extra pounds from your waistline.
1. Beware of sugar's many disguises
Sugars are found naturally in milk, fruit, vegetables and grains. We (and most food manufacturers) also add sugars to many foods we eat. These added sugars are the ones that we most need to be aware of.
No matter how you slice it, or what name it is disguised as on your food label, these sugars are basically empty calories because they provide very few (if any) other nutrients.
Here's a list of some of the many disguises of added sugar to watch for on the food label:
Pretty big list, isn't it?
6. Eat before you become ravenous
If you let yourself get too hungry, chances are the first foods you reach for will be high in sugar and fat and low in nutrients. As you've heard me say many times over, eat frequent meals and snacks with plenty of lean protein and whole grains. If you have a cookie urge on a well nourished stomach, you will be more capable of limiting yourself to the serving size of 2 instead of plowing through an entire dozen.
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