Too Much Sugar

I recently learned that one of the main causes of belly fat is eating too much sugar. Sugar produces insulin in the body, which then stores fat in the tummy. The key to cutting down the belly fat is to drastically reduce the amount of sugar you consume daily. You really have to pay attention to labels, but it can be done and it does work. Here on some tips on decreasing the sugar in your diet.

What you will need:

* Will power

* To become a label reader

What to do:

Many of us don't even bother to look at all of the grams of sugar that are in your favorite soda. You would be surprised. You are probably consuming over 200 grams of sugar a day if you monitor what you normally eat in one day. Sugar is in all kinds of things you think are healthy. Check the labels. A Pepsi has 41 grams of sugar alone. Many healthy yogurts also have lots of added sugar. Keep track of how much you consume in a normal day, then start to wean yourself off of all that excess sugar.

It can be really hard to just cut out most of your sugar in one day. Instead, try to reduce your normal sugar intake by half on the first day, then gradually cutting it in half again each following day. When you get down to 15 grams a day, try to stick with that for a while and see if it shrinks your tummy down. I bet it will!

Some easy ways to cut back on your sugar intake are small changes that can really make a difference. Here are some that I do:

1. Switch from sweetened flavored coffee creamer to sugar-free creamer. It tastes really close to the same and saves you about 20 grams of sugar a day if you drink 2 or more cups.

2. If you can't stay away from sugary snacks, try the sugar-free versions that are sold in most grocery stores.

3. Focus on eating more proteins and veggies instead of carbohydrates and sweets.

4. Plan out your meals for the next day and do a sugar gram count so that you don't have to try to keep up with it all day long. It is easier to stick to it if you have it planned out.

Also try to cut back on the number of refined carbohydrates you eat each day as well. Carbohydrates produce insulin too, so if you are like I used to be, and you have breads all the time, you may need to cut back on these too.