It’s scary how many people think that if they workout consistently, they can basically eat whatever they like. I’ve seen it countless times in all the years I worked in gyms and even while owning my own. The truth is, it’s just as important what you are putting into your body, as it is how much you are working it out. In the past year I’ve noticed a significant emphasis the health industry has put on sugar and how much it affects your body overall. Many people are claiming that “sugar in the new fat,” as to make it sound like the latest fad, but I think it’s much more than that.
I can’t even begin to count all the studies that have come out this year about the dangers of sugar and how addictive it is. Much of the focus has been comparing the addiction of sugar to that of drugs like cocaine and heroin (with sugar being the more addictive), but just as worrisome is all the diseases that sugar is being linked to: diabetes, heart disease and cancer, not to mention obesity. So many Americans are consuming processed foods at alarming rates and the cost is detrimental to their health. We need to detox from sugar and cut out the processed foods that are using sugar to fill the fat. The American Heart Association (www.heart.org) recommends that your added sugar intake make up no more than half of your daily discretionary calories, which is about 6 teaspoons of sugar for women and 9 teaspoons for men. Typically, American adults are consuming 21teaspoons of added sugar each day. This insanity has to stop.
This summer I introduced the women on our team to the Lean and Lovely Program (www.leanandlovelyprogram.com) by Neghar Fonooni (a respected member of the health industry). Her program is a smart and simple approach to food and fitness, with fruits and vegetables with naturally occurring sugars being the way to go. It’s also a safe detox from all the unnecessary processed foods and chemicals that many Americans make the mistake of eating. While many of our members were detoxing from their sugar-filled daily consumptions, they started to see the results of giving up chemically enhanced processed foods. Combining that with a smart and effective workout program, members were dropping pounds the healthy way. It’s time to cut the sugar out of our diets and start incorporating more foods with healthier ingredients.