Well if you eat or drink low fat or ‘diet’ foods/drinks you very well could be.
Surely if you want to lose weight the food and drink to choose would be low fat or from a ‘healthy food’ diet range, right?
Well, actually the answer to that would be no.
Low fat or food labelled as ‘diet’ or ‘healthy eating’ range will usually have additional sugar or sweeteners added to replace the ‘missing’ fat as a preservative.
In fact a study by The Telegraph showed many low fat foods promoted as healthy-eating options contain more sugar than their “full fat” equivalents – in some cases more than five times as much.
A study of 100 popular low or non-fat grocery items from major supermarkets found that dozens contained at least two teaspoons of total sugar in a single serving. One in four of the products contained more than three teaspoons of the ingredient.
The research found:
- One “low fat” meal contained almost six times the sugar levels of its “full fat” equivalent dish
- A “fat-free” drinking yoghurt was found to contain almost as much sugar as a Mars Bar
- A single portion of a “healthy living” apple and blackberry crumble contained five-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar
- A one litre carton of a “low fat” chocolate milk drink contained more than 30 teaspoons of sugar, around two thirds of which is estimated to be added
So why is all this sugar a problem?
The issue with too much sugar or sweeteners is the affect they have on insulin.
Insulin is a hormone within the body that is responsible for removing sugar from the blood stream and storing it within your muscles and liver. Those stores are used to fuel your body when you are active.
Contrary to what a lot of ‘health’ professionals say insulin is not a bad hormone.
In fact if you did not have insulin within your body you would die and if left to function as it should do, it can be your friend in weight loss efforts.
The problem occurs when you eat foods high sugar (or sweeteners) and your body has to repeatedly release insulin in high amounts.
Your body can only store so much sugar within your muscles and liver and once those stores are full insulin HAS to put any excess sugar somewhere and that place will be within your fat cells under the skin.
High sugar foods/drinks = high insulin levels = increase in fat cells in the body.
Rather than relying on diet foods and drinks the best way to lose weight is to find what works for you to balance out your hormones and allow your body to use its own natural fat burning abilities to create the body you desire.
It can be done eating ‘normal’ and tasty food I promise you and it does not have to be hard work or involve the latest faddy gimmick.
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Product Teaspoons of sugar
|Waitrose love life belgian chocolate sponge pudding||6.7|
|Marks & Spencer blueberry drinking yoghurt||6.5|
|Starbucks Mocha frappuccino (250ml bottle)||6.4|
|Galaxy milk (200ml serving)||6.3|
|Marks & Spencer count on us double chocolate sundae||5.9|
|Marks & Spencer count on us sweet & sour sauce (1/2 of a 370g jar)||5.5|
|Tesco healthy living apple & blackberry crumble||5.5|
|Marks & Spencer count on us rasberry panna cotta (per 140g pot)||4.8|
|Onken fat free strawberry yoghurt (150g serving)||4.8|
|Yeo Valley 0% fat Orange, Carrot & Mango yoghurt (per 150g serving)||4.7|
|Waitrose low fat black cherry yoghurt||4.6|
|Onken fat free vanilla yoghurt (per 150g serving)||4.5|
|Waitrose low fat strawberry yoghurt||4.3|
|Waitrose low fat rasberry yoghurt||4.3|
|Marks & Spencer count on us rhubarb & custard dessert||4.2|
|Marks & Spencer count on us sweet & sour chicken||4.0|
|Marks & Spencer count on us very berry dessert||4.0|
|Tesco Low Fat strawberry Yogurt 125g pot||4.0|
|Danone Activia cherry yoghurt||3.9|
|Glaceau vitamin water power-c/dragonfruit||3.8|
|Tesco everyday value low fat black cherry yoghurt 125g pot||3.8|
|Sainsbury’s My Goodness Tasty hoisin duck noodle soup||3.5|
|Marks & Spencer count on us chicken piri piri||3.4|
|Marks & Spencer count on us skinny chocolate frappe||3.4|
|Marks & Spencer count on us chicken tikka masala||3.0|
|Kellogs Special K creamy berry crunch (per 30g serving with milk)||3.0|
Table from www.telegraph.co.uk