A Calorie is Not A Calorie!

Part two in Dr. Robert Lustig’s The Skinny on Obesity demonstrates the impact sugar has had in the United States and globally. If you are interested in personal trainer education or in becoming a health fitness specialist, please consider tuning in to to these videos. The information presented will be invaluable to you.

Getting people to work out and work out properly is an incredibly important skill. However, understanding the importance of cutting sugar out the diet could have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of your clients. That spells success for everyone.

Part 2 of the video series begins with Elissa Epel of the Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Epel notes that sugar has had a considerable impact on the average individual’s metabolism. Dr. Lustig then shows the world-wide impact of sugar by comparing the Food and Agriculture Organization database with the International Diabetes Federation database. The data demonstrated that from 1995 – 2010, people had an 8% increase in total calories. However, there was a 727% increase in diabetes during that same time. Interestingly, world sugar consumption between 1985 and 2010 went from 98 million tons annually to 160 million tons annually.

Dr. Lustig states, “A calorie is not a calorie. Sugar is fifty times more potent than total calories in explaining diabetes rates worldwide.” The evidence is incontrovertible.

He then goes on to discuss the difference between glucose and fructose; the latter being a liver toxin. He goes on to compare the effect of sugar on the body as similar to alcohol and that they share the same diseases, namely dyslipidemia, pancreatitis, hypertension, addiction, hepatic dysfunction and obesity.

Another valuable piece of advice involves fat-free products. People should know that if the fat has been removed, that sugar has most likely been added to compensate for the loss of taste. Dr. Epel warns that foods with more than five ingredients are going to be highly processed, full of sugar and therefore “toxic to your metabolism.”

“Sugar will do damage to your mitochondria and it will make you sick,” said Dr. Lustig. With that in mind, go to your cupboard  or refrigerator now and see if you have any food items with more than five ingredients. What is the sugar content of those items? What foods could you use to replace those highly processed foods? If you need help, leave me a comment and I’ll try to give you some healthy alternatives.

Stay tuned for the third episode.

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