When you begin a weight loss plan, you will quickly learn that sugar means empty calories, and is therefore your enemy. But aside from adding unnecessary calories to your diet, sugar actually impacts your health in a number of other ways. Here are five things you might not know about sugar.
When most of us decide to get fit, lose weight, or achieve some other goal related to our health, we tend to focus on the “how”. We create an eating plan or workout schedule, or otherwise craft a regimen that we believe will lead to our success. And those things are certainly important! After all, most people don’t achieve a goal simply by thinking about it.
When you’re following a weight loss plan, or working to maintain your weight, cravings can be one of your biggest challenges. Most people can’t rely upon willpower forever.
However, in many cases a craving is actually a sign of something other than hunger. When you learn to decode your body’s signals, it can be easier to replace old habits (giving into cravings) with new ones (giving your body what it is actually asking for).
For most of us, the five-day work week provides structure. Even if feeling over-scheduled isn’t exactly fun, simply having a schedule helps you to stay on track toward your fitness and weight loss goals.
Then the weekend arrives, and most of us feel tempted to procrastinate. We sleep til noon, snack throughout the day, and by Sunday evening we realize we’ve indulged in way too much Netflix. Whoops! You certainly don’t mean to backtrack every weekend, but it happens quite frequently.
You’ve been faithfully working out for a few weeks or months now, or maybe even longer. You’re seeing great results from exercise, you feel more energetic, and you’re happy with your progress overall. These are all positive outcomes. But on the negative side, you’re feeling a bit bored with your workout routine. Sometimes you really have to push yourself to get started, and you feel a bit less enthusiastic overall.
In our blogs, we often mention the importance of sleep within a healthy lifestyle and/or weight loss plan. Sleep affects your energy levels and metabolism, and obviously impacts your ability to carry out all the tasks on your to-do list (including exercise). Inadequate sleep can trigger weight gain, cravings, and problems at work. How you spend one third of your life really does matter!
On the other hand, we all have issues in our lives that can affect the amount or quality of sleep that we’re getting. As you pursue a healthier diet or weight loss plan, keep these dietary tips in mind – not just for your waistline, but for your sleep habits and overall health.
As you renovate your health, especially if you’re following a weight loss plan, you will be faced with some challenges. If you’re less healthy than you could be (and most of us are), chances are good that certain habits are to blame. So, in order to get healthier, you will be confronted with the task of breaking those habits. The road to better health is always paved with better choices.
For patients with diabetes, their blood sugar levels are a daily concern. But the rest of us rarely (or ever) even consider it. That might be a mistake.
Your blood sugar levels can consistently run on the high side, even if you aren’t diabetic. The problem with this is that over time, high blood sugar can lead to insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes. Over time, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) can also damage your nerves, organs, and blood vessels.