7 Ways This One Thing Destroys Your Health

By Lee Bellinger / September 16, 2014

7 Ways You’re Destroying Your Health

and Making Yourself Fat

If you’re like any normal person, you want to be healthy. You want great skin and a toned body. You want a strong healthy heart and to live a long life cancer free.

And if you’re like any normal person, you sabotage these goals on a daily basis.

How’s that? Easy. By eating sugar.

Sure, sugar may taste good, but I can’t think of a single food that can unravel your health as fast as sugar can.

It’s not just that sugar makes you fat. It also depresses your immune system. It saps your energy. And that’s not all.

Just look at these 7 other ways sugar is attacking your body …

  1. It’s Making You Gain Weight

Added sugar – the kind that manufacturers load into processed foods – is high in calories and low in nutrition. And it’s addictive. A lot of people get 10 to 20 percent of their calories from added sugars, including high fructose corn syrup.

That’s a lot of calories that you just don’t need. And all those calories can easily trigger weight gain. They can also make it feel like it’s impossible to lose weight once you’ve put it on.

  1. It’s Making Your Liver Sick

All sugar contains fructose. When you eat something with added sugar, you’re giving your body two types of sugar: glucose and fructose.

Your body uses the glucose for energy. But the fructose goes right to your liver. If you eat too much fructose your liver will convert it to fat. And if you eat way too much fructose—easy to do with the average American diet—you will eventually develop fatty liver disease.

  1. It’s Making You Resistant to Insulin

Eating too much sugar changes your blood chemistry. Twenty-five to 40 grams of sugar a day is plenty. But most people eat more than 75 grams a day. That much sugar makes you resistant to insulin, the chemical needed to move sugar from the blood into your cells.
Insulin resistance is well documented as a contributing factor to metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

  1. It’s Feeding Cancer Cells

Sugar disrupts insulin, and that can give cancer cells a foothold in your body.

Sugar contributes to inflammation, which can feed cancer cell growth.

Finally, people who eat a lot of sugar tend to have higher levels of cancer.

  1. It’s Making Your Fat

I know, I already mentioned weight gain. But sugar isn’t just making it easy to gain weight and hard to lose it. It’s also making most of that weight gain, fat gain.

  1. It’s Got You Hooked

One of the worst aspects of sugar is its addictive quality. A lot of people crave sugar. Many continue to eat sugary snacks even after doctors have warned them away because of negative health effects.

In animal studies, researchers have shown that sugar changes brain chemistry in a way that is similar to addictive substances.

The science is still working on a definitive answer to the question of whether or not sugar is truly, physically addictive. But I bet if you ask anyone with regular sugar cravings about its addictive nature, they’d tell you under no uncertain terms that they’re hooked.

  1. It’s Attacking Your Heart

If I haven’t already convinced you the sugar is undermining your health at every turn, let me give you one more reason to consider cutting back on the sweets … if not cutting them out entirely.

Sugar can put you at higher risk for heart disease. The number one killer in America.

People who eat a lot of sugar calories have a great chance of developing high triglyceride levels and low HDL cholesterol levels … both risk factors for heart disease.

Researchers saw this effect in study participants across all weight ranges.

Three Ways You Can Take Control of Your

Sugar Cravings, Lose Weight, and Regain Your Health

So there you have it. Sugar is destroying your health and making it hard to lose the weight you want to. So the real question is, what can you do about it? Especially given that sugar cravings are so powerful.

According to dietician Suzanne Boos, the average American gets more calories from sugary desserts like cookies, cupcakes, and donuts than from any other food category. Just cutting out these kinds of foods can put you on the path to losing a pound a week. Cut out soda, too, and you’ll lose weight even faster.

But how do you stick to that plan when your office mate brings donuts to work every Friday and they look so darn irresistible?

Try these three methods to help.

  1. Turn to a lower calorie sweet option until you’ve broken your cravings for high-calorie sugary snacks. Now, I’m not recommending chemical sugar substitutes. I recommending a real, honest-to-goodness treat that will help you steer away from big desserts and ultimately help you cut way back on your sugar intake.

For me, I turn to Hershey’s dark chocolate kisses. A single kiss satisfies my sugar craving enough to pass on a plate of cookies or a box of donuts. A single kiss has 21 calories and 2 grams of sugar. Compare that to your average glazed donut with 200 odd calories and 10 to 12 grams of sugar and I’m definitely coming out ahead.

You could also dry whole dates, dried cherries, or hard candies to give your sweet tooth what it wants without adding too much in the way of calories and sugar.

  1. Drink ice water before giving in to sweet cravings. Your body’s thirst signals are very similar to sweet cravings. If you drink a glass of ice water when you get a sweet craving and then go do something else for five minutes, you may find you forget you wanted sweets … because you gave your body what it really wanted. Water.

All sugar contains fructose. When you eat something with added sugar, you’re giving your body two types of sugar: glucose and fructose.

Your body uses the glucose for energy. But the fructose goes right to your liver. If you eat too much fructose your liver will convert it to fat. And if you eat way too much fructose—easy to do with the average American diet—you will eventually develop fatty liver disease.

  1. Quit for three days. If quitting sugar slowly isn’t working, try cutting it out completely for three days. That means cutting out fruits and grains, too, since both of those things tickle your body’s sweet receptors. For three days, build your diet around lean protein, veggies, and nuts. After that, gradually add fruits and whole grains back in. After three sugar-free days, you may find that you don’t crave sweets at all.

Sugar is a health wrecker, plain and simple. If you want to lose weight and take back your health, cutting sugar is a huge step in the right direction.

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