Sugar Addiction | Portland Personal Trainer

Are you having a challenging time kicking the sugar habit? Do you find yourself needed or craving some sugar even after a healthy meal? Hopefully this will offer you some helpful information to help start your way to a less sugar eating food plan.Ever wonder why it’s so hard to resist that second cookie, and third, and … maybe the whole package? It’s not just you: more than 70% of Americans are addicted to sugar and processed foods. Scientists are finding more and more evidence in recent years that foods high in fat and sugar may be just as addicting as cocaine and heroin.Author David Ludwig and his colleagues at Harvard University discovered that highly processed foods made with white flour, sugar, and refined starch trigger a section of the brain called the nucleus accumbens. This is also the part of the brain that activates in conventional addictions, like gambling and drug abuse. In fact, obese individuals actually have less dopamine receptors in their brains, which is also a characteristic of those addicted to drugs.Sugar is difficult to avoid for many people, not only because the body continues to crave it after the first serving, but because it is hidden in so many processed foods. Currently there are approximately 600,000 processed foods on the market and nearly 80% of those contain hidden added sugar. For instance, a serving of tomato sauce contains more added sugar than a serving of Oreos! On average, most Americans will consume approximately 22 teaspoons of sugar a day!If you think you might be addicted to sugar? Here are some signs that you may need a sugar detox or just start cutting back:- You crave sweet or starchy foods when you are not hungry.- You worry about cutting back on certain foods.- You feel fatigued from overeating on a regular basis.- You are experiencing health or social problems due to food and you continue this pattern despite negative consequences.- You require more of the foods you crave to feel satisfied.If this sounds like you, you may want to consider weaning off sweets, white starchy foods, and processed foods until you reach a clean, whole food diet. Your energy will be restored and your cravings will be significantly lowered! In addition, this will give you and opportunity to substitute those foods with fresh fruits and vegetables.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214(503) 953-0241