I figured I'd leave the most obvious fact for last - that too many calories from any sugar and carbohydrate source get converted into stored fat if not burned. There are long biochemical, health, and human performance explanations for that. Here is the short version:
- Your body stores fat when your insulin/blood sugar levels are elevated.
- Eating sugar, of any kind, rapidly raises your insulin/blood sugar levels.
- Therefore, your body will store fat it converts from the sugar you eat.
Sugar does give you the calories, but not the feeling that you've had enough. That's why you can have an entire king-size bag of licorice (with its sky high glycemic index) at the movies and come out afterwards ready to go for dinner. So it’s hard to make the connection that the lack of other nutrients in most high-sugar foods actually contributes to eating gobs of them with no physical effects to warn us of the lurking dangers.
So, what’s the solution?
- Avoid sugar in all forms.
- Look at the nutrition labels. Don’t buy if sugar is listed.
- Minimize or eliminate all other carbohydrates too. The body turns them into sugars.
Carbohydrates are often thought of as “essential” macro-nutrients. Essential means - you need them to live. This is simply not true.
If you don’t eat carbohydrates, guess what happens? Do you die? No.
You burn fat.
There’s a lot of biochemistry involved, but it’s basically that simple:
If you don’t eat carbohydrates you are forced to burn body fat for energy. You could burn fat the ENTIRE DAY by just avoiding sugar and other carbohydrates.
Say good by to diabetes and obesity. Welcome to a new you.