When we’re training, we often forget that 80% of our transformation comes from what we put in our body. If you’re not eating the right foods, all your hard work in the gym won’t make much of a difference.
Believe it or not, abs really are made in the kitchen and enhanced in the gym.
Typically, a person will consume around 13 percent of their daily calories from added sugar or sugar that doesn’t naturally occur in our foods. However the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a maximum of 5 percent of our calories or around 6 teaspoons of sugar a day, which means we’re not checking the labels closely enough and are consuming ‘hidden’ sugars.
Taking in too much sugar can really affect our health, a high intake of sugars can cause type 2 diabetes and of course, weight gain. But, by having 10-24 percent of your calories in sugar, you could be putting your life at risk as there is a 30% more chance of dying from heart disease.
However, it’s not always as easy as cutting back on fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate, because now sugar is added into everything – and is hidden by the ‘no added sugar’ label.
So, here are three foods you didn’t know had heaps of sugar in:
– Vanilla Yogurt: although yogurt is made to seem like the healthier option, it could be the reason you’re struggling to see the abs your working so hard for. Typically, vanilla yogurts contain three times as much sugar as a plain one. So if you eat yogurt every morning for breakfast, try having plain and adding in a bit of vanilla extract.
– Original Almond Milk: Recently, none-dairy milks have become a lot more popular. We’re all aware that vanilla or chocolate milks are full of sugar, but what is less obvious are those labelled ‘original’. Most of the time, original milks contain a sweetener such as evaporated cane juice – which is just another euphemism of sugar. If you drink almond milk, we recommend getting the ‘unsweetened’ kind, which you’ll be taking in 6-7 times less sugar.
– Nut Butters: Every fitness fanatic’s top secret. Nuts are supposed to be salty – right? But when they’re added together with a bunch of ingredients to make a spread, they mixed in with sweeteners. And no matter what one is used, maple syrup, honey or fruit juice concentrate, our body will break it down like regular sugar. They can contain up to 15 grams of sugar per serving. Believe it or not, a study found that honey produces increased inflammation and blood triglycerides when consumed in the same amounts of high-fructose corn syrup!
So there you have it, three foods that you may not have realised could be stopping you from achieving your goal!
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