First rule of dieting:
Illustrated photo by Brina Blum
To have a healthy diet, sugar or carbohydrate is definitely not your friend. Labeling sugar or carbohydrates as a toxic substance is quite accurate. Sugar not only contributes to our weight gain, but it can also lead to long-term health problems like liver damage, liver fatty, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, dementia & even cancer.
Who could have guessed that such sweet delicious desserts are so bad for our health?
According to the recent article published by Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience, the brain is so rich in nerve cells, it is the most energy-demanding organ. Therefore, the brain uses half of the energy produced by sugar. Sugar energy is an important nutrient for our body and our brain function properly.
So how to cut the sugar out of our diet without messing up our body functioning routines is the key.
Here are a few suggestions that have been proven to work for the majory to dieters:
• Walk away from all the desserts that are rich in sugar and fat. Feed your sweet craving with natural sweet treats like fruits, nuts or savory vegetable snacks.
• If you are like the most of us in the office, the 3-o’clock sugar craving is hard to ignore. Solution: have a good variety of healthy snacks around you all the time.
• Replace sugary drinks like juices, soda with refreshing glasses of water (or sparkling water for a more bubbling enjoyment) infused in fresh fruit slices and lemon (or lime) slices.
• Stay away from cocktail drinks. These drinks are packed with high fructose corn syrup. Researchers in UK reported that on a night out, we could consume 1000 calories or more with just the alcohol alone. Even a better choice in term of dieting is wine, 2 glasses of wine can be as much as 450 calories. So the party is over, put the glass of wine or that bottle of beer down. Trade it in with a better refreshment like fruit infused sparkling water, coconut juice (no sugar added, of course) or tea.