Sunday, June 19, 2011

Weight Loss Plan for Women Over 40: You Won't Believe Where the Sugar Is!

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For those of us who are looking for an effective weight loss plan for women over 40, most of us who are dieting know we need to watch our sugar intake, In fact, if we are trying to improve our health, we are probably aware that refined sugar and other sweeteners might be one of the primary causes of the meteoric rise in obesity and diabetes. Sugar has plenty of empty calories, and if you aren't burning them off, they end up as fat. So, we know to stay away from an excess of desserts and sugary sodas. If we do this, we will be fine, right?

In reality, this is not the case! There is much more! Sugar, often in the form of high fructose corn syrup, is found where you would never suspect it, raising the empty calories in food. Researchers think that because sugar was a rarity when humans were evolving (i.e. only found in fruits and honey) that humans have now developed a craving for it. Savvy manufacturers have taken advantage of this and are adding sugar to foods that you would never dream of! The result is the food ends up having high sugar content. You won't lose the pounds if you are not aware of where the sugar is!

Making everything you eat at home from scratch is the perfect way to control your sugar intake. However, in reality, in today's world it is not a practical solution for most people. Don't just look at the total calories on the nutrition label of processed foods you buy. Make sure you also take a good look at the amount of sugar in it. Just below the section for "Total Carbohydrates," you will see it broken into fiber and sugar content.

As you look at everything from spaghetti sauce to crackers, compare labels and pick the product with the least grams of sugar. Watch out especially for high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient. Many health professionals advise people to avoid this ingredient if they want to lose weight and stay healthy.

Here are even more shockers when it comes to sugar content. Some flavored yogurts have almost three times the sugar of a doughnut! Little crackers and meat and cheese lunch meals have over three times the amount of sugar a donut has. One can of cola has four times the sugar, and a vanilla frappuccino grande has almost six times!

If you are want an effective weight loss plan for women over 40, you can watch the pounds melt away if you cut down on sugar. Become a food label detective!
Train Hard! You Can Achieve Success!
Monique Hawkins

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