By reducing or eliminating foods with added sugar from your diet, you will eat fewer carbs. This strategy, combined with increasing your protein consumption, can lower your calorie intake and optimize hormones that regulate fat burning.
Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. They are listed in food labels under a wide variety of names, including corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, sucrose, and — of course — sugar, to name just a few. This does not include naturally occurring sugars such as those in milk and fruits.
Added sugars, which are sprinkled on and processed into packaged foods and beverages, have become all too common in the American diet, says the American Heart Association. The group argues that sugar bingeing is helping drive the uptick in metabolic changes in the American population, including the exploding obesity rate (U.S. News and World Report).
Added sugars are commonly found in foods and beverages, such as:
- regular soft drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks
- pies and cobblers
- pastries, sweet rolls, and doughnuts
- fruit drinks
- dairy desserts
Check your food labels. If the foods you usually eat contain added sugar, especially as one of the first few ingredients listed, consider it a red flag. You can do better by choosing a healthier alternative.
Already doing a good job avoiding foods with added sugars? The next step is reducing your consumption of refined grains, such as white bread, white rice, etc.
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