Sugar. It's been labelled "deadly", "addictive", "toxic", "sweet poison" and blamed for the rise in global obesity in recent years.
"Get rid of the white toxin from your diet and you'll free up your body to drop those excess kilos"
Here are the three real reasons why quitting sugar helps you lose weight.
Cutting out sugar removes a lot of kilojoules/calories
A level teaspoon of white sugar has only 70 kilojoules (16 calories) but that's not the problem. It's not just the sugar. It's the company sugar keeps.
If you eliminate sugar-laden foods, you eliminate a lot of kilojoules/calories from fat and refined starches too. That's because we don't eat sugar on its own. We consume it with fat and refined starches (you can't bake a decent cake or biscuit without flour, fat and sugar).
Sugar is a "marker" for highly-processed foods
When you quit sugar you're cutting out foods nutritionists have always said you shouldn't eat.
No lollies, chocolate biscuits, cup cakes, fizzy drinks, caramel frappucinnos or Magnums means you're removing "junk food" that is kilojoule (Calorie)-dense, of poor nutritional value, that comes in huge portions, is highly refined with added colours, flavours and preservatives.
What's more it's usually low in fibre and has a high GI (not good). None of these foods is any loss in a healthy diet. You're better off without them.
What these foods have in common is sugar. It's there for sweetness and flavour. And sugar does functional jobs like balancing acidity, preserving by preventing bad bacteria from growing and creating nice browning during baking. Just ask any chef.
Quitting sugar means more natural, unprocessed foods
What do you replace sugary foods with? Usually it's more fruit and dried fruit (unless you're a "Sweet Poison" fan), nuts, salads, water or you just eat more chicken, fish meat and vegetables at your meals.
Here are my 9 simple swaps to limit your intake of sugar junk foods.