Put on your detective hat and look for words like "sugar," â€śsucroseâ€ť and â€śhigh fructose corn syrup.â€ť Donâ€™t be fooled by terms such as organic sugar, raw sugar, brown sugar or turbinado sugar. Sugar is sugar. Your mind may think youâ€™re getting something better, but your body isnâ€™t fooled. All types of sugar are metabolized the same way, and they all end up making you fatter, sicker, and hungrier.
Once you start reading labels, youâ€™ll quickly discover that sugar is in cereals that are labeled healthy, juices that are labeled healthy, yogurts that are labeled healthy, snack bars that are labeled healthy, and just about anything that comes in a package. Sugar is a food manufacturer's dream because it's low-fat and because people like the taste. Many sugar-free off-the-shelf products exist, but you have to be savvy enough to look for them. Try finding one the next time you go grocery shopping.
When it comes to sugar, pencil-thin Hollywood starlets are way ahead of the AHA. Sexy starlets have known for a long time now that sugar triggers cravings, adds useless calories, and stimulates the growth of inches on your body â€“ especially in hips and belly. Jennifer Aniston, for example, doesnâ€™t eat anything white. This means no sugar. No white flour. No white pasta. No white potatoes. According to the Enquirer (which is usually accurate, of course), â€śWithin two weeks of jumping on the no-white-food bandwagon, Jen felt less bloated and leaner.â€ť Jen doesnâ€™t even allow any food that's white to come into her house.
Consider taking a tip from the AHA and Jen, our favorite girl-next-door. Cut out just one sugary food a day, and see if it makes a difference. Drink water instead of that sugar-rich soda. You'll save 910 calories per week, which is a little more than a pound a month and about 15 pounds a year. One ridiculously easy change really can be the breakthrough you've been hoping for.