Sugar Addiction Information

  Did you know Americans consume 20-30 teaspoons (1/2 cup) of sugar a day?  While there is no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for sugar, it is recommended intakes be kept to a minimum to reduce the likelihood for dental problems, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, anxiety/depression issues, memory problems, obesity, and hypertension.  Perhaps you […]

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Did you know Americans consume 20-30 teaspoons (1/2 cup) of sugar a day?  While there is no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for sugar, it is recommended intakes be kept to a minimum to reduce the likelihood for dental problems, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, anxiety/depression issues, memory problems, obesity, and hypertension. 

Perhaps you have seen the studies demonstrating the addictive powers of sugar.  If you haven’t, they involve lab rats who choose sugar over other addictive drugs such as morphine, cocaine, and heroin.  They have found sugar addiction is both mental and physical. In fact, sugar meets ALL the criteria to classify it as an addictive substance.  These criteria include:

* Sugar triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin in the brain (the same as alcohol and other addictive drugs)

*People continue to consume sugar regardless of its negative health effects

*People suffer withdrawal symptoms without it

*Tolerances are developed for it (requiring you to need more and more to get the same affect)

* People get cranky or can’t function without it. 

Additionally, the more sugar you consume the more desensitized taste buds become, and foods that are sweet (such as fruit) no longer taste sweet.  The good news is taste buds can regain their sensitivity once sugar is eliminated or reduced from the diet.  One final note, sugar is sneaky and can be disguised on food labels as honey, syrup (especially corn syrup), or any ingredient that ends in “ose” (such as maltose or dextrose).  They sneak sugar into everything including condiments, dressings, and sauces. Be sure to read food labels so you don’t become a sugar addict!

 

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Sophie Pratola
704-604-1518
Personally Trained By Sophie

 

 

 

Using Food Tracker Apps to Help with Weight Loss

          Nowadays everyone seems to have some sort of smart phone, so the tools for weight loss are at your fingertips.  Food tracking apps are great because they are easy to use, easily uploaded to your technology, and allow you to track what you’ve eaten and your physical activity.  Plus, studies have found […]

 

Nutrition tracker apps can be a useful tool for weight loss

Nutrition tracker apps can be a useful tool for weight loss

 

      Nowadays everyone seems to have some sort of smart phone, so the tools for weight loss are at your fingertips.  Food tracking apps are great because they are easy to use, easily uploaded to your technology, and allow you to track what you’ve eaten and your physical activity.  Plus, studies have found dieters who use apps are more successful than those who don’t.  There are a multitude of FREE food tracking apps out there, but which ones are the best?  The following is a review of a few of the free apps available. 

SPARK PEOPLE:  Provides a full weekly menu and access to a companion site that offers menus with grocery lists, workout videos and message boards which make it easy to share tips and find social support.  This app also has a GPS tracker so you can use it for walks and runs.  Unfortunately, this site tends to have many glitches.

MY PLATE BY LIVESTRONG:  Has a data base of over 625,000 foods and 1,500 exercises.  You can also write in an online food diary, get nutrition charts and graphs, find daily motivational tips and social support, and you can even export and print out your data to bring to the doctor.

LOSE IT:  Allows you to scan barcodes of food for easy logging.  You can set up weight loss goals and fitness challenges for yourself, share food, recipes, and progress with your friends, and link the account with other devices such as pedometers and scales.  You can get a weekly report to print or share with others.

MYFITNESSPAL:  This one happens to be my favorite and the one I recommend to all my clients.  This app has the largest food data base of any of the apps out there.  What I personally love about it is if you cook, it has the recipes from certain magazines already in the data base (Cooking Light recipes are in there!).  It also allows you to use social networking for motivation, scan bar codes, and has charts and graphs to track progress.  Another thing I like about it is when you complete your entry for the day it tells you, “if every day were like today, you would weight X lbs. in 5 weeks”.   It also remembers the foods you regularly eat and let’s your create recipes which you can share with your friends.

 

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Sophie Pratola
704-604-1518
Personally Trained By Sophie

 

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