If you’re looking for a super-villain in your battle with the bulge, you needn’t look any further than that sweet, sweet sugar. Sure, a super-villain is usually a little less obvious in their appearance, but what makes sugar such a deadly foe is that it has a habit of turning up where you least expect it. You may be startled by the amount of sugar there is in even blatantly sugary treats –you can eat your daily recommended intake in just half a packet of Skittles – but cast those bad boys aside and you can still be caught off-guard by everyday threats. For example, a fruit-flavored yogurt can be just as sugary as that bag of sweets.
Similarly, relying on fruit juice to calm your conscience is a dangerous error. Fruit juice contains the same amount of sugar as the fruit itself – but the unsqueezed fruit retains a lot more nutritional value. Drink a glass of juice, and you’ll get your sugar fix, but not a lot more besides.
Jam is another perversion of fruit’s healthy image! As much as 60% of that stuff will in fact be made up of sugar. That means that even if you spread it thinly on toast, you’re still delivering a worrying amount of sugar to your body. Breakfast unwisely, and you may find your wobble refuses to budge – and you don’t even realize why.
These days, it’s much easier to keep track of how much sugar you’re eating by using an app on your smartphone – MyFitnessPal, for example. Check food labels at the store and try to make sure you’re not taking too much sugary food home with you – if it’s not there, you can’t eat it! And finally, try saving this new infographic to your desktop: it contains 9 little reminders on ways you can keep that irresistible super-villain out of your life. The fight for your ideal waistline may depend on it!
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