Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Fat DOES NOT Make You Fat

Its time to bust the myth. Its not fat that is making your jeans snug and giving you that oh so lovely muffin top, its sugar . Just ask Jackie Warner (my new hero), an elite trainer and owner of Sky Sport and Spa in Beverly Hills, California.

Most of us have had this concept backwards for a long, long time and have spent all our energy avoiding fats like the plague, yet never really looking at our sugar consumption.

And I hate to break it to you, but its everywhere. It's sneaky and hides in all sorts of places and if you don't start to read packaging and labels carefully, it will sneak into your diet at every turn.

Take salsa for example. It would be normal to think that this is a relatively healthy condiment. However, hiding near the top of most salsa ingredient lists is the dastardly sugar.

Of course, naturally occurring sugars in fruits and veggies are acceptable forms of this normally evil granule, just be sure that you're not over doing it, and keep away from watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew's (as yummy as they may be) as they are LOADED with sugars and will counteract all your hard diet efforts. If you must have them, sneak them back into your diet in limited quantities only when you are on to maintenance mode.

Here is some great further reading:

Fat Does Not Make You Fat

Quiz Time: Where is the Sugar?

Some of the things you think you know that just aint so

Refined carbohydrates are to blame for skyrocketing chronic disease, not just obesity

Fructose Will Make You Fat

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