We keep hearing about Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, among other common weight-loss strategies.
You can take the approach that you prefer. However, it doesn't matter how many calories you eat. The key is eating the right foods. We wonder why we don't loose weight, if we are doing "everything" right, drinking and eating "light", fat free and sugar free foods.
No matter which approach you are using, there are facts that you just have to know; such as the ROLLER COASTER EFFECT. What is this?
By leveling out the peaks and valleys of your blood sugar levels, you essentially are turning the "roller coaster" ride of cravings and overeating into a "highway" of appetite control.
A Word About Sugar Alcohols: A lot of "Sugar Free" foods have ingredients called sugar alcohols in them such as maltitol and sorbitol. These ingredients can be as bad or worse than sugar.
Careful reading of labels is necessary to know how much added sugar you are getting. Sometimes there will be small amounts of many types of sugars, so none of them end up being in the the first few ingredients of the label. Other times, sugar masquerades as apparently more “healthy” ingredients, such as honey, rice syrup, or even “organic dehydrated cane juice”.
Here is a list of some of the possible code words for “sugar”-
Corn sweetener Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids Dehydrated Cane Juice Dextrin Dextrose Fructose Fruit juice concentrate Glucose High-fructose corn syrup Honey Invert sugar Lactose Maltodextrin Malt syrup Maltose Maple syrup Molasses Raw sugar Rice Syrup Saccharose Sorghum or sorghum syrup Sucrose Syrup Treacle Turbinado Sugar Xylose
Changing your style of living, instead of "dieting" will give you full results. If you want to do yourself a favor- check your fridge's doors, read the ingredients of the food. I also have to say that there are other ingredients that can led you with the Roller Coaster Effect.
Excellent piece. It truly is amazing how the food companies have managed to fool the American people to eating large amounts of sugar and additives to their own detriment. Nutritional information such as that you write should be a prerequisite for all modern children to read.