Many of my clients openly admit to having a sweet tooth or suffer from some form of sugar addiction, which is perhaps the reason they have struggled in the past to achieve their weight-loss goals . As a trainer, it’s not only important to understand what one needs to do in order to benefit the most from certain exercises, but also understanding nutrition which is a foremost fundamental component of body transformation. Trainers are not nutritionists, but they should be armed with knowledge of how the system works that way, they’ll be better able to guide their clients to success. Luckily, there are scientists that do the leg work in helping us to better understand why our bodies work the way they do. There are many researches that suggest sugar stimulates our pleasure receptors, which can cause an addiction, as those feelings of pleasure are so good, one may try to unremittingly reproduce the feeling. A Princeton study once determined that rats living on a diet high in sugar exhibits signs of withdrawal after a short period deprived of the substance. It was also observed that, similar withdrawal symptoms are seen in humans living on high sugar diets as well.
Because so many people struggle with their sugar intake, I find that 9 out of 10 times the inability to control or limit their sugar binges is the most significant impediment to their weight loss goal. So then, in order to lower or limit sugar intake, perhaps the only progress one may make is embedded within altering their eating practices and slowly but steadily scratch sugary foods from their diet. We must remember that at the end of the day, everything adds up. The two cookies we had in the morning, the fruit juices that you are fooled into thinking are oh so healthy, but are laced with 28 grams of sugar or more, the cream we put in our coffee, sugary cereals, the list is endless. Many of these foods are tasty and immensely appealing to our taste buds (that’s what they do). Therefore to address this, we either have to begin cutting our servings in half to get started or find alternatives. For example, mixing plain yogurt with half a sweetened/fruit yogurt or having half the glass of fruit juice you would normally include in your diet. Another thing to bear in mind is that scientists find that artificial sweeteners can have the same fat loss inhibiting properties as regular sugar therefore, consumption of artificial sweeteners can be just as harmful.
Getting accustomed to this dietary change can be a huge challenge, but your body will adjust if you try to develop a cleaner habit of eating. In the end, you’ll enjoy improved well-being and stand a better chance of warding off illnesses relating to lack of dietary discipline.
I have been a fitness, health and wellness trainer for the past six years. My expertise in this area has been from working directly in Public Safety and Healthcare for the better part of 20 years. The exposure received from my direct interaction with healthcare and Public Safety has honed and fueled my drive and passion for changing unhealthy life styles, coaching, and promoting wellness. The positive changes enjoyed by my clients since my involvement in personal training is testament to my diligence and commitment to the cause.
CPT, EMT-P, Bsc, MBA