i think that anything that is a "do this one simple thing and lose weight" is a crock. mostly because it doesn't take into account where you are starting from. i always see the "drink one less soda a day and lose weight" segments on tv. which would actually work if you just happened to be ingesting exactly one soda's worth of calories over what it takes to maintain your weight or less. in that situation, yes, cutting out one soda would lead to loss. but if you were usually having two soda's worth more calories than maintenance per day, then you would still be gaining weight, just at about half the pace you were before. figuring out what your vices are and how to mitigate them is going to be more important overall than a single, simple rule. i also look at where i started with sugar. i'd usually use about 24 grams in a cup of tea or on a bowl of cereal. and i wouldn't usually just have one a day. and that's just in granulated sugar that i would add, without taking anything i ate into consideration. it took me a year to wean myself off of that. if my only guideline had been "less than 15 g sugar a day" i would have never have hit it. where i was starting and the goal would be just too far apart and without any sort of helpful reference points, i would have had no idea how to do it. heck, i probably still couldn't hit it now. i would give up without even really starting.
Limiting sugar is a good idea for anyone who wants to stay healthy. Fad or not, diets that are low in carbs are almost always low in sugar. If you reduce the intake of starch and sugar from which the glucose is made you may find it easier to lose. The insulin hormone is responsible for fat storage and sugar can induce salt and water retention.
Avoiding foods that cause the highest rise in blood sugar levels will help. Sugar in liquid form sugared drinks, fruit juices, dried fruits and adding sugar to any drink along with foods made from flour bread, spaghetti, macaroni, pizza, pretzels, bagels and so forth and foods with added sugar. How much and what kind of carbohydrates you eat matter...complex carbs take longer to digest and help keep you full...Complex carbs may contain soluble or insoluble fiber...Examples of complex carbs include the fiber in spinach, watercress, buckwheat, barley, wild or brown rice, oatmeal, Legumes,Sweet Potatoes,split peas, lentils and some fruit.... berries have the least impact on blood sugar.
This is not intended as medical advice but from a culinary point of view.
I recently saw a clip on TV of this nutrition guy who claims that the way to lose weight is NOT counting calories. He claims that the limiting your sugar intake to 15 grams a day is the way to lose weight. Is this another fad diet? And how do you do that when the FDA is not required to display the sugar content on the nutrition label? Just wondering if it is a waste of time to monitor that. Anybody out there heard of this?
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