I exercise regularly so am allowed to get as much sugar as I want, right? Well I used to think so but now know better!
A normal day’s diet for me included a fair bit of fruit (healthy right?), a ‘healthy’ snack bar, perhaps some granola for and yoghurt for breakfast and perhaps a curry for tea. Most days I wasn’t having chocolate or biscuits so I was eating very little sugar right? Wrong!!
It wasn’t until I invested in a personal trainer than I had my eyes opened to the hidden sugar in almost everything! My healthy snack bar that I had mid morning was rammed with sugar, most breakfast cereals are very high in sugar as are yoghurts. Eating lots of fruit gave me plenty of vitamins etc, but I was eating so much sugar, albeit natural.
Cutting fruit out of my diet was something that I did not want to do, the advice I was given was to eat it just before or just after exercise when my body would use it for energy instead of storing it as fat. In 3 months I have dropped my body fat down from 33% to 15%, just by tweaking my diet – I still eat burgers, steaks and proper food!!
Also be very wary of ‘fat free’ products – they may be low in fat, but they are generally high in sugar. Just by being aware of this, makes you look at food in a different way and if you can cut the sugar that is hidden in food down by 50%, and also cut out all the obvious sugary snacks you will quickly start to see a difference. I have a very sweet tooth, but can promise you the less you have the less you want and crave.
I am a busy mum of two teenage boys, and between them and work I am forever running around. I have always been interested in fitness, and I make sure that exercise features regularly in my life. However many of my friends are not into fitness like me, yet want to be healthy. I want to help people make healthy lifestyle choices which will impact on their fitness, without necessarily feeling the need to throw themselves full force into exercise.