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Me, today. 4.19.12. Weight gain – not your “fault”? Sugar Addiction unveiled.

Today, I got re-fired up after reading eatsleepdoyoga’s blog and hopefully this will open some eyes. There is hidden sugar in most of our foods, causing a SUGAR ADDICTION and WEIGHT GAIN! So it’s not your fault that you’re gaining weight – kind of. Hooooo boy, I can go on forever about this. Get ready for an eyeful of info! I’ll keep it short.
The reason why there is so much sugar in our foods is because of the โ€œlow fatโ€ phenomenon. That’s right ladies, “low fat” products can (and most are) worse for you than full fat products (in other words foods that are natural)!

Bag of sugar, Downpatrick, County Down, Northe...

Bag of sugar, Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, September 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chemists and manufacturers started producing everything with less fat plastering it all over their packaging and guess what, it worked. Sales skyrocketed. Because of this low fat altering, the foods tasted like baby poo rolled in kitty litter. To make them taste good, chemists then found that sugar did the trick and had the added benefit of addiction. Cha ching! More sales.

Soft Drinks

20 oz soda

Soft Drink Crates, Bangkok
How many do YOU drink a year?

To lower the ridonculous amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup are tag teamed in. Then to make the consistency feel like the original food, preservatives, gums, artificial coloring etc are usedโ€ฆ so on and so forth until our food is not really food anymore, but a cocktail of chemicals. Basically the reason why the U.S. is so fat is because of the low fat notion. The fake chemicals can’t get processed – no wonder we’re all fighting weight!

Speaking of fake, let’s just look at something simple. Soda. The average 12 oz soda contains about the equivalent 10 tsps of sugar. Assuming you drink one soda a day, 365 days a year, you would consume 3650 tsps or approximately 32 lbs of sugar (113.4 tsps/lb) just in terms of soda. The sodas that are sold today usually come in 20 oz sizes – the ones typically sold in vending machines. Assume you drink one of these a day – a 20 oz bottle per day (or 2.5 servings), the math would work out to about 54 lbs of sugar per year, just in soda. And according to the FDA the average American consumes between 140-200 pounds of sugar yearly….that equates to about 1/2 pound of sugar daily. DAILY!!! If that doesn’t scare the dickens out of you I don’t know what does.

Simple solution to LOOSE WEIGHT and BE HEALTHY is to cut out processed foods! And now you know why.

And oh by the way, do you feel like you do a BUHzillion ab exercises, squats and kettle bell the hell out of yourself yet the belly never goes away and you don’t see much more tone? Wellll guess what all that fake food is doing to your system? Wrecking havoc and is staying in your body. I’m not saying it is the sole reason of why you can’t loose weight or tone, but it’s for damn sure a contribution.

Ladies, this is part of being efficient with your time! Imagine if you could cut your workout in half or only do it a few days a week and still loose weight! Being aware of what you’re eating and cutting out sugar is a good first step in that achievement.

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10 Comments on “Me, today. 4.19.12. Weight gain – not your “fault”? Sugar Addiction unveiled.”

  1. Jordan April 20, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    great blog, Jo! I admire your mission to empower females. You are enough! And a dope dancer! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thank you for brining awareness to the main culprit of obesity and illness: refined, processed, imposter foods!
    Remain positive and continue to let your light shine! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Jennifer M Leong April 20, 2012 at 4:19 am #

      Thank you Jordan! Let’s hope more women are self aware and empowered with knowledge =)

  2. Fuad Talybov April 20, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    Great article. I’ve been researching something of similar sort, but more on the side of Carb consumption. After all, carbs are eventually broken down into sugars.

    I calculated approximately that in general eating under 150g of carbs (the most amount before steady weight gain occurs naturally) is quite difficult given how many carbs are there in every processed food item. So no wonder one can easily gain weight just consuming something that can be seem absolutely harmless. So I started religiously reading food labels and are now getting somewhat comfortable with estimating daily carb consumption without having to track them.

    I must say that developing a habit of eating right is probably easier when a person understands what the body needs vs what the body wants. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jennifer M Leong April 20, 2012 at 4:28 am #

      Good point! I’m going to gather more documentation around processed carbohydrates and processed food in general, also the different names for sugar so people can be aware of the ingredient list. It’s useless to see 2g of sugar when there can be 38g of sucralose.

  3. catabilities April 20, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    could you outline a slow baby step way to move away from processed foods/sugar? i find that stopping so suddenly might do more harm than good =(

    • Jennifer M Leong April 20, 2012 at 4:47 am #

      Yes I can! I’m going to be writing an article about how to read the nutrition labels, other names for artificial sugars and I’ll be sure to include how to ween yourself off of it. Thank you for the idea!

      • eatsleepdoyoga April 20, 2012 at 5:28 am #

        Don’t forget to mention those GMOs! Organic is the way to go ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jennifer M Leong April 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

        Oh yes, the organic article is a comin! =) Might do it separately though. Easier to digetst. I’ll probably do a series of articles that build on each other.

  4. catabilities April 20, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    could you maybe post a slow, baby step-like process to move away from processed foods/sugar? i don’t drink soda, or eat a lot of sweets but i’m still eating a lot of other processed foods. change is so hard esp. all @ once!

    • Jennifer M Leong April 20, 2012 at 4:50 am #

      Will do! What type of foods are you eating? Give me a typical diet. In fact all who are reading this, throw me some examples of foods you’re eating, and any questions!

      Thank you for the comments! I love it, keep em comin!

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