So how many of us are guilty of saying, ''I can't eat that, look how many calories are in it''!! Or, ''how many calories has that got in it''? OR, my personal favorite ''If I eat that, then I will go over my calories for the day''! As a society we are so conscious about how many calories food has in it, we forget exactly what calories are, and how these aren't the problem. One of the big problems, believe it or not, is the sugar content in the foods we eat. Some foods that we are eating, I can guarantee, we don't even think about the sugar content and therefore will not achieve our goal of losing fat.
Let's go deeper into this. But let me start by saying, this is just one part of the equation. It goes without saying, that there are other factors to losing weight, for instance, the type of training you do, what foods you eat etc. Treat this as more of an insight into what you think is bad, (calories) isn't necessarily, and what you hadn't really thought about to be bad, (sugar) could be detrimental to your fat loss goal.
So what does the word calories actually mean? Well, in plain terms, a single calorie, is a unit of energy, thus meaning the amount of energy in food. So we need energy to carry out daily tasks, to exercise, to function and to feel good. Why limit them?? Now, I know, there is a basic maths here. If you eat far more calories than you burn, you will naturally gain weight. If you go crazy and binge on alcohol, fast food, biscuits, crisps, fizzy drinks, then again, naturally you will gain weight. However, my point I want to continue to get across is that although counting calories has it's place, do not forget how important it is to watch out for the sugar content in foods. For instance, a Cupcake. It has approximately 300 calories in it, but how much sugar? And what does an excess of sugar do in your body if you don't use it? Questions you should be asking yourself when you next go for that cupcake!! So let me tell you about sugar. First of all I want to state that sugar in moderation is fine in a healthy balanced diet. Sugar out of this context is where it all goes wrong. When you consume a large amount of sugar in one sitting and your body doesn't need it, you could be putting more fat on your body, and remember, the goal is to lose fat. Sugar is also linked with other health problems. Such as tooth decay, heart disease and the chances of giving yourself Type 2 Diabetes.
Foods like, certain breakfast cereals, soft drinks, pastries, cakes, chocolates all have added sugar in them. What about fruit, where there is a natural source of sugar? Personally, I think this is ok, fruit is very good for you and required in your daily diet. I would recommend having fruit in the morning, early afternoon or before exercising so that you use what you consume. As for the previously mentioned foods, try to limit these sugary foods as they will contain a lot of sugar, and will cause a negative effect on your fat loss goals.
So how much sugar should you have? Well for Men, around 70g, and for Ladies, 50g. But this does also depend on your body type, height and age. My advice to you is this. When you next go food shopping, have a look at the food labels. Check under the carbohydrates 'of which sugars' section to see how much sugar is contained in the food you are about to buy. To help you, of 100g, more than 20g of sugar is classed as high and around 5g is considered as low.
Remember simple tips like this can help you make the right choices in achieving your goal. Fat loss is a major goal, and watching how much sugar you put into your body will help you.