Sugar and Weight Loss

When it comes to nutrition for weight loss, sugar is made the enemy almost all of the time. While it is true that processed sugars are not ideal in a well-rounded diet, there is often an over-emphasis on the correlation between sugar consumption and obesity. We may all remember from our statistics class that correlation does not imply causation.

Contrary to popular belief, the direct relation between sugar and weight gain is moderate to low. However, it is true that those who ingest snacks and drinks full of processed sugar are generally known to also have higher obesity rates. It is probably not sugar that is leading to extra weight gain, but general overconsumption of calories throughout the day.

That is not to say that you should only eat foods with processed sugar, but a candy bar or slice of cake from time to time is probably not going to hurt in the long run.

As a general guide to your nutritional journey, just try to eat a well-rounded diet with plenty of whole foods, fruits, and vegetables to meet your micro and macronutrient needs. Don’t worry about the occasional bowl of ice cream at the end of the day, just stay consistent and moderate your intake of processed sugars and you should be just fine!

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