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Sugar. The invisible enemy.

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Sugar. The invisible enemy.

Let’s be direct from the get-go – no sugarcoating on this! There is sugar in almost everything, even in the most unsuspecting items like bread, yogurt, ketchup, salad dressings, or even energy bars. There are also some foods that are advertised as “natural” or “healthy” which can be misleading for consumers.

Unfortunately, sugar acts like alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs do, creating addictions and causing dependency. To be even more direct about it, there is such a thing as sugar addiction. So, here’s when Total Wellness and Bariatrics comes into play because as you probably know by now, excess sugar consumption increases your risk of developing obesity.

We decided to put together 6 easy steps to reduce sugar consumption. Here they go:

1. Skip soda, sweet tea, and sports drinks.

They are the leading source of sugar consumption in the American diet. Period.

2. Re-educate your tastebuds.

If you eat pre-sweetened instant oatmeal for breakfast, what about a bowl of plain oatmeal but adding ginger, nutmeg, or cinnamon? Try it!

3. Fill up on nutrient-dense foods.

Snack on whole fruits, cheese, or bits of lean protein. Avoid cookies or granola bars.

4. Cook from scratch.

Cooking at home is one of the most effective ways to reduce your sugar intake.

5. Plan sugar-smart desserts.

Try smarter options like low-fat or fat-free yogurt with fresh fruit. Eat a smaller portion.

6. Read labels.

Look for “sucrose,” “malt syrup,” “high-fructose corn syrup,” and “corn sweetener.” These are all different forms of added sugar.

Now you know why we call sugar the invisible enemy! It looks sweet and friendly, but it does the complete opposite to your body.

If you are struggling with your weight, having sugar consumption issues, and want to discuss possible solutions, quit wondering and simply get started and contact our office today to discuss what’s best for you.