First, you should know that there are different types of sugars – there are artificial ones and there are the natural ones. Not all sugars are created equal, and they’re hidden in most of today’s processed foods.
The famous author, nutritionist and fitness trainer JJ Virgin will help you open your eyes to the way sugars are hidden. JJ Virgin wrote a new book in which she gives practical advices on how to steer clear of this harmful ingredient and protect your overall health.
The name of the book is “In The Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Sugars to Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks”. In this book she explains the confusion surrounding sugar. Many people around the world think that if the sugar is all-natural, it’s fine to eat. But, they’re wrong. Agave, natural fruit juice, raw cane sugar, and any number of other natural sugars will still wreak havoc on your health. She says that the sugar is really public enemy number one and this is the main reason why she chose to focus on it. She also says that she doesn’t think added sugar is really the problem. She thinks it’s what’s in a lot of our food that we don’t recognize as sugar.
Whether it’s having apple juice, which is probably worse for you than a soda, or having a yogurt sweetened with fruit juice concentrate, or whether you’re just thinking that fruits are free for all, these are all creating problems. She says that she wanted to create a structured program that could help someone break free of those sugar cravings, drop the weight forever, and then let them go back and make a food challenge.
To End Sugar Cravings, Your Body Needs to Burn Fat as Its Primary Fuel
She says that it doesn’t matter if the sugar comes in the form of a muffin, a fruit juice-sweetened yogurt, or a smoothie – it’s all the same thing to your body. Virgin says that all food is information. So, once you break free from your body’s constant need for yet another sugar fix, you’ll experience great levels of newfound energy and clarity of mind. But in order to get there, you need to retrain your body to burn fat as its primary form of fuel instead of sugar.
But, you should know that this can be a real challenge for many. Her book specifically addresses the gradual process of getting from burning sugar to burning fat as your body’s primary fuel, in order to maximize your chances for success. She also says that there’s has to be a transition period, where you go from sugar burner to getting your body to be able to start to burn fat again. This means that you have to taper down from where your starting point is, which is what I call a Sneaky Sugar Inventory, of things you would never think about that we’re just using like crazy not realizing how much sugar this is actually adding into our food.
The Sugar Impact Scales: A New Way of Looking at Sugar
First, you need to weigh yourself and measure your waist-to-hip ratio, to determine your starting point. After that, you should do an initial inventory of all the hidden sugars in your diet. Now you probably ask yourselves – what this means? Well, this means reading the labels on all the foods you eat, including items you might never expect to contain sugar, such as that jar of pickles, condiments, sauces, and marinades, and so on. She lists all the sneaky places sugars hide in your diet in her book, and by creating what she calls Sugar Impact Scales, she’s created a new way of looking at sugar.
JJ Virgin says:
“It looks at fructose grams, glycemic load, nutrient density, and fiber. Bad are fructose and glycemic load; good are nutrient density and fiber. Depending on where the food falls, it can either be low, medium, or high-sugar impact. The reason this was so important to me is I keep looking at programs out there, and they either focus on fructose… glycemic index, or glycemic load. That can be very confusing because it makes things like agave sweetener look great. It makes milk look great… People usually say – We should have fructose because fructose is low on the glycemic index.”
And the real difference between fructose and glucose is fructose doesn’t trigger the whole insulin response. Because of that, it doesn’t trigger insulin, leptin, or ghrelin, so it doesn’t tell your body you ate anything. Instead, it just goes to the liver. If there’s no room for it to become glycogen… it starts becoming fat.
These are the most common symptoms of having high-sugar impact – gas and bloating are common, as sugar feeds yeast, fungi, and detrimental bacteria in your gut. Other symptoms include joint pain, headaches, fatigue, inability to lose weight or weight loss resistance, and sugar cravings.
The Three Cycles of the Sugar Impact Diet