Processed sugar is hidden in many foods, even ones that are touted as health foods! From breakfast cereals, to so called nutrition bars to energy drinks, its pervasive and invasive and you have to get it out of your diet!

Many people come to Gumsaba because they want to lose weight. The first thing that I ask them is what they are eating. Often times it breaks down to a whole lot of processed sugar.

While exercise has many health benefits, weight loss will not come from exercise alone. In fact, when you eat the wrong foods for your body, exercise can cause weight gain! I know that seems crazy, but that is how the body buffers the sugar so it can save your joints – for a time anyway.

Muscle burns more than fat at rest, so exercise will speed up your metabolism and help you burn more calories at rest, but weight loss is a result of quality nutrient intake and portion control.

“Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%,” they write. “However, physical activity does not promote weight loss.” Read the full forbes article Exercise can’t save us, Sugar is the Real Culprit HERE>>>

So how do you get off the sugar? Here are some methods you can try. Remember, every body is different. Keeping a food and mood log is very helpful too.

• DETOX. If you are a sugar addict, you need to commit to a detox plan to get rid of your addiction. Signs that you need to detox include tiredness, a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes and just plain old feeling like crap. Click here and sign up to get more info on detox options recommended by Gumsaba.

• No sugary drinks! One 20-ounce soda has 15 teaspoons of sugar; Gatorade contains 14 teaspoons  in one bottle. One can of soda a day increases a kid’s chance of being obese by 60 percent and a woman’s chance of type 2 diabetes by 80 percent.

• Eat clean protein for breakfast. Coach Jentry’s overnight oats are a great way to have a protein rich meal on the go! If you have a bit of time, try a clean plant powered scramble!

• Eat unlimited amounts of non starchy veggies. Add them in at every meal. Nutrient deficiency can leave you reaching for sugar, and the magic of veggies can not be overstated when it comes to keeping your nutrient intake high and mighty.

• Eat GOOD FAT at every meal including nuts and seeds, extra virgin olive oil, coconut butter, avocados. Avoid cooking with fats that have a low flash point. Avocado oil and coconut oil are best for cooking.

• Be prepared. Avoid food emergencies! Create an emergency life pack with real food. A pack of Artisana Almond butter and a green apple are a magical combo when you are starving. A bag of snap peas, home made trail mix, these are the snacks we should be ready and reaching for in a bind!

• Destress that body. Stress creates a hormone release that was meant to help us evolve better, but now its backfiring. In human evolution, stressors came in the form of lack of food, resources and basic dangers. When we are under stress, our adrenal glands release a hormone you have heard of called cortisol . While a small release of this hormone is healthy, heavy stress causes a large release that stocks the system into flight or fight mode. A very simple and free way of distressing is using breathing techniques. They can be done anywhere, any time and are scientifically proven to lower stress.

• Get your zzz’s. Less sleep drives sugar and carb cravings by affecting your appetite hormones.  In field studies, depriving college students of just two hours of the recommended eight hours of sleep led to a rise in hunger hormones, a decrease in appetite-suppressing hormones and big cravings for sugar and refined carbs. Don’t discount this very very important key to your healthy lifestyle. Get a quality 8 hours every night, even if that means sacrificing a little TV or internet time its well worth it.

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