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The Sweet Secret to Weight Loss Success

It may sound obvious but one of the most impactful steps you can take to not only trim your waistline but improve your overall health and wellbeing is to cut down on added sugars. This, however, is often easier said than done – added sugars are the silent saboteurs of many a weight loss battle and are found in a myriad of processed foods, sweets, snacks and sugary beverages.

Part of the weight loss process is about achieving a caloric deficit, so reducing added sugars can make a world of difference. While this might sound obvious, it’s important to remember that these sneaky sugars, which pop up seemingly out of nowhere, provide us with nothing of nutritional value and only serve to give an enormous boost to our overall caloric intake. Recognising where you are going to find these added sugars, understanding the impact of sugar on our health and the relationship between dietary choices and weight management are valuable weapons in of the winning the weight loss battle.

When we consume sugary foods or drinks, our blood sugar levels experience a spike due to the rapid absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. In response to this sudden increase in blood sugar, the pancreas releases insulin, the hormone that transports glucose into your cells where it is either used as immediate energy or stored for later use – imagine insulin as an “Uber” – glucose in the bloodstream, tap on the pancreas app, insulin is on its way to transport glucose safely home to our cells.

When this works well, insulin is really effective at driving the glucose home to the cells, keeping blood sugar levels within a healthy range. But when there is consistent and excessive sugar consumption, the body’s cells become resistant, not allowing the insulin to deposit the glucose, meaning that the glucose remains in our blood stream. The pancreas is then compelled to send even more insulin “Ubers” in a futile attempt to drive the glucose home and into the cells. This excess insulin in the bloodstream is what promotes the storage of unused glucose as fat, contributing to weight gain and increasing your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

So where is a good place to start?

  • Swap sugary sodas and juices for refreshing infused water or herbal teas.

  • Opt for naturally sweet treats like fresh fruits or nuts and seeds which are naturally lower in sugar.

  • Read labels - many processed foods contain hidden sugars, making it challenging to identify their presence. Look out for glucose syrup, sucrose, dextrose, and maltose.

  • Remember, sugar-free doesn't mean taste-free or dull, bland meals. Embrace a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods, and experiment with herbs and spices to add exciting flavours to your dishes.

  • Consuming more complex carbohydrates, such as wholegrain versions of bread and pasta, beans and lentils, fruit and vegetables allows for a more gradual release of glucose into the bloodstream, leading to more stable blood sugar levels.

These are just a few tips to get you started but if you’d really like to learn how you could win the weight loss battle for good check out "Step into Sugar-Free Living" here, a complete programme that has been designed by us with you in mind to provide you with all of the tools that you need from a meal plan and recipes to the knowledge that will allow you to make better and more informed choices to navigate safely through the sugary storm.

Of course, if you would like to know more about how to manage your weight safely and comfortably, we would like to invite you to book a complementary call here so that we can discuss how bespoke nutrition can help you reach your goals.

This material may not be reproduced in either a printed or digital format without the permission of True Food Nutrition. The information provided is general and has not been tailored to individual underlying health concerns or any prescription medication you may be taking. You may book a personalised nutritional therapy consultation to consider further your individual needs. The information is for educational purposes and must not replace medical advice. If you have a diagnosed medical condition, you should consult a doctor before making any significant changes to your diet.

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