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Four Ways To Reduce Your Sugar Intake For Weight Loss

Jan 29, 2008
Sugar has a powerful ability to frustrate dieters. The more sugar you consume, the more insulin your body produces. And the more insulin your body produces, the harder it is to burn fat. And sugar is an insidious creature, because it doesn't just pop up where you might expect it, like candy and soda. It can also appear in foods with refined carbohydrates, like bread and pasta. So if you get sugar from practically everything you eat, how can you possibly avoid

1. Get More Vinegar When You Can

Some studies have suggested that consuming vinegar actually reduces the amount of glucose you absorb from refined carbohydrates. An acid that appears in vinegar might actually help break down the sugar before it gets to your bloodstream. It can also be a powerful appetite suppressant. So where should get this vinegar from? You can add vinaigrette dressing to your salad. Or you can eat pickles or other pickled vegetables. Or you just ask for vinegar on your sub at the sandwich shop.

2. Eat More Fiber

Fiber has also shown to cut down on the amount of glucose you get from carbs. You probably get the most sugar reducing benefit if you eat soluble fiber, that is, fiber that can form a gel when combined with a liquid. Sources of soluble fiber include carrots, apples, oranges, nuts, and peas. Soluble fiber has a major health benefit as well. It can reduce your bad cholesterol, therefore keeping your arteries free and clear and keep your heart healthy.

3. Weight Train

This one is a must if you expect to lose weight for a number of reasons, one of them being that pumping weights can help you regulate your glucose intake. If you do your resistance training first thing in the morning, how your blood glucose will be affected by the sugary foods you eat will be reduced by up to fifteen percent throughout the day. This is probably because working out takes a lot of energy out of your muscles, and one of those forms of energy comes in the form of stored glucose. So the next time you eat sugar, your muscles absorb it to get their energy back for the next workout. This is one of the many reasons why working out helps your diet and your diet helps you work out.

4. Skip the Fruit Juice

Fruit juice has a misleadingly healthy reputation. Sure, orange juice is loaded with vitamin C, but it also has about as much sugar as a can of soda. It might be a somewhat healthier source of sugar than soda, but it still increases your insulin levels. When putting fruit in your diet, don't think that juice is a suitable substitute for whole food. You will get far less of the nutrients and fiber if you do so.

Of course, don't think that just because you follow a few glucose-reducing tips, you can eat as much sugar as you want without being affected. You still have to be sensible. Some of these are simply designed to just reduce the amount of glucose you might absorb through your regular diet, which in the end will help you burn fat even faster.
About the Author
Chris McCombs is an Orange County Exercise enthusiast and personal trainer. Chris owns his own fitness business Positively Fit Inc. which helps people all over Orange County lose fat and get the body they want. You can learn more about Chris at http://www.socalworkout.com
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