As I am becoming more and more aware of the healthy foods that I’m putting into my body, I am equally aware of the bad foods that I need to steer clear of. In the past week or so, I’ve been craving sweet treats. I know that all this can do is sabotage my fitness journey and I am not about to let it bring me down! I am at a place in my journey that nothing will stop me. I want to live the best life that I can live, be happy with my body and feel alive with the decisions I am making. Everyday I ask my clients how their eating has been since I saw them last and what workout they have done. One client in particular stood out to me yesterday. I mentioned to her the article that I was reading about sweet treats and how it’s causing America to become fat. I proceeded to tell her that I know there are areas in my eating habits that I can clean up. For instance, I put 2 packets of Truvia in my coffee everyday along with good ole’ sweetened coffee creamer, fat and sugar and all.. I don’t skimp on my coffee… She asked if I really wanted to succeed that badly in my fitness goals to give that up? I told her “yes”. We are all at different stages in our fitness journey and that is ok… She isn’t, at this point, ready to give up the few bad habits she has right now in order to be the healthy and fit woman she can truly be. The point of all this is, are you willing to sacrifice to be the best you possible? It’s ok if you aren’t there yet… I had to make the mental change. I had to realize that this is a way of life. Yes, I can allow myself a splurge here and there but in order to reach my goals, I AM willing to sacrifice my truvia and creamer 🙂
Research shows that nearly a quarter of our daily caloric intake–325 calories on average–comes from sweets like baked goods, desserts, soda, and fruit juices. In other words, from sugar…
because they typically deliver a load of calories with little to no nutrition. A more troubling fact: As our consumption of the white stuff rises, so do the numbers on our scales. There’s no dancing around it: Sugar is a huge part of what’s making us fat. Now brace yourself for two more nasty news flashes: (1) Eating too much sugar can stoke your appetite rather than satisfy it, and (2) it can even become addictive.
Manufacturers currently use the high fructose corn syrup to flavor a huge variety of products, including foods that wouldn’t normally contain sugar and that you probably wouldn’t describe as sweet, like the sesame seed bun on a McDonald’s hamburger, or the Saltine crackers you crumble into soup. Even if you vigilantly shun the sugar bowl and never let a piece of candy cross your lips, you could still be eating a diet loaded with sugar from stealth sources. If you eat without carefully checking food labels and restaurant websites for nutrition information, you may inadvertently be pouring sugar down your throat. Where does it all end up? Yep, right in that jiggly jelly roll hanging over your jeans.
In a 2005 study in Physiology & Behavior, a group of Princeton researchers led by psychology professor Bart Hoebel, Ph.D., found that eating sugar triggers the release of opioids, neurotransmitters that activate the brain’s pleasure receptors. Addictive drugs, including morphine, target the same opioid receptors. “Sugar stimulates receptors to activate the same pathways that are stimulated directly by drugs such as heroin or morphine,” Hoebel says.
And if getting too many calories is what worries you, reaching for a Sprite Zero isn’t the solution: Artificial sweeteners may be almost as bad for you as HFCS. In 2004, a study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that rats ate more after consuming an artificially sweetened drink than they did after sipping sugar water. Researchers speculate that calorie-free artificial sweeteners act like stomach teasers: As you swallow diet soda, your body anticipates the arrival of calories. When they don’t show up, your body sends you looking elsewhere for them, often in a snack bowl
(gathered from women’s health)