Cutting body fat is a topic often heard in conversations and endlessly covered in magazines. People often wonder what the best supplement is, what the latest diet is or what the best workout is to burn fat. These topics are often quite interesting but often only talk around the periphery of the issue instead of talking about the fundamentals.
In modern society our diets have fundamentally become unhealthier given the easy choices of processed foods, fast foods and sugary drinks & food. So, what I often tell my friends when they’re talking about the latest craze is that it is quite simple and that there is in fact a magic method of cutting fat!
Make a solid effort to cut down on sugar in your diet!
Basically, by cutting down on sugar, you are reducing the amount of very easily available glucose in your blood stream. As a result your body has to work to provide your brain and muscles energy from glycogen stores in your muscles and fat stores in your “adipose tissue” – the fat cells most that lie just under our skin. By doing this work, your body will naturally begin to lose that fat and keep it off.
What are some ways to cut down on sugar?
There are a number of very easy ways to cut sugar out completely, if you can adapt your diet and be disciplined about keeping that change.
- Cut out sodas. Period. The average can of soda (soft drink, pop, fizzy drink etc.) contains about 6 teaspoons of sugar! Can you imagine having that much sugar in your tea or coffee?
- Cut down on your sugar in tea and coffee. Both tea and coffee have health benefits that makes it worth drinking them, but the sugar you put in your cuppa can taint the benefits with a dose of fat padding around the waist!
- Choose fruit or yoghurt instead of chocolate, and frozen fruit instead of ice-cream or for smoothies.
What does this mean for a triathlete?
As endurance athletes, we often don’t think too hard about our nutrition as long as it is low in fat and somewhat nutritious – plenty of lean meat, vegetables, fruits and of course some carbs for recovery! But looking at sugar intake is important for triathletes too. If you are trying to cut weight for your A-Race or Triathlon is your sport to help you lose weight, then cutting sugar will just have even stronger effects for you! By replacing high GI (glycemic index) sugar with low GI bread or pastas, you can replace your glycogen stores without the sugar spike that tells your body to store fat!
I am a massive “choco-holic” so I definitely have experience with some of the above suggestions. There are obviously countless other ways to cut sugar in your diet, but just think about how sugary what you’re consuming is and you’ll definitely start to see some fundamental changes in your health. For more ideas and interesting info, see the following articles:
What are some the ways you cut sugar in your diet? What are some of the “sugary” tips you’ve read or heard about? Please share!