The Sugar Challenge: Cut Out Sugar for Weight Loss
If you are trying to lose weight one of the best things you can do for yourself is to cut out any added sugars in your diet. Added sugars can be found in a variety of foods you eat from sodas, sugary beverages and coffee drinks, packaged cereals, granola bars, sweets such as candy and cookies, and many other foods you eat on a daily basis.
Ideally for women, you should limit your added sugar intake to 100 calories/day, or 25 grams/day, and for men, 150 calories/day, or 37 grams/day. You’ll be amazed at how quickly this can add up! So are you ready to take the challenge? If so log your sugar intake for 3 days to see where you are at, and then start making steps to cut the added sugars out of your diet. Ways to do that?
- Opt for water and unsweetened beverages over sodas, fruit juices, and sugar laden coffee drinks.
- Choose fresh fruits, veggies, and nuts as snacks instead of packaged foods.
- Limit processed foods (pre-packaged, boxed and frozen foods) such as sugary cereals, granola bars, oatmeal packets, and sweet treats that are all loaded with sugar.
- Read ingredients labels. If the first three ingredients are some form of sugar watch out! Sugar comes in many forms such as corn syrup, molasses, things ending in -ose (dextrose, fructose, sucrose, maltose), sorbitol, brown sugar, and corn sweetner.