If you have been regularly going to the gym and following a proper diet but still struggle to lose weight, or worse, feel tired all day, then look no further than the box of sweets you innocently had mid-afternoon.
In fact, if you were determined enough to avoid all the Diwali sweets but still stuck to readymade food or had bread and cereals for breakfast to keep you healthy, think again. While these food products are touted to be healthier, they are anything but. Numerous studies have found that we are eating more sugar than ever before - and the effects are alarming with a few scientists even claiming that sugar rush is equivalent to cocaine rush. You might think we are exaggerating but the facts are undisputed. From colas to artificial sweeteners in readymade food to even so-called healthy breakfasts such as cereals, everything we consume has more sugar than our bodies can cope with.
Sugar today is a bigger problem than we think it is. We just cannot see it yet. Our body is programmed to consume sugar because of a hormonal mechanism that is similar to getting our fix for tobacco or alcohol. This makes it difficult to have the willpower to step away from sugary foods. The hormonal imbalance can best be explained by the fact that pies and doughnuts are seen as instant stress-busters.
It is very likely you are already addicted to sugar. Try to have a cup of black coffee without sugar or have bitter chocolate and be honest if you thought it made you feel like puking. Sugar addiction is the most latent disease waiting to explode. Sadly, there is no mainstream consciousness about this yet, partly because the sugar lobby is too strong around the world. And while it is absurd to blame all lifestyle diseases on excess sugar there is no doubt that the primary cause of obesity and insulin intolerance lies with our increased appetite for sugar. After all, there is a reason why total sugar consumption has tripled in the past 50 years whereas the population has only doubled in that period.
If you are convinced that you need to cut down on sugar, then try taking small steps at it. The mantras are the same - eat more vegetables, avoid readymade food and watch how much sugar you have every day. Do not exceed more than seven to eight teaspoons of sugar in a day. If you don't know how much sugar there is in a product, assume the worst and limit all your other sugary foods for that day. Lastly, fight your brain and develop a strong willpower to resist the sweet stuff. You don't want to sweat over it in the long run, do you?