DOES HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP REALLY MAKE YOU OVERWEIGHT?

High fructose corn syrup or HFCS made it’s debut around the 1970s.

It is created when corn syrup undergoes processing to convert glucose to fructose (fruit sugar).

Types of products that may contain HFCS:

  • Canned foods
  • Cereals
  • Baked goods
  • Flavored and sweetened dairy products
  • Candy
  • Fast food

There have been a few large scale human studies that have not shown a definite increased risk of overweight, obesity or metabolic disorders. However, this does not mean that a person can eat an unlimited amount of HFCS without consequence.

  • HFCS probably does not increase health risk more than sugar or other sweeteners
  • Although the typical American still consumes greater than 10% of daily calories from ADDED sugars.
  • This is about an extra 200 calories per day of empty calories that provide no nutritional value.
  • If you add this up then the typical American consumes about 20 lbs. worth of ADDED sugar a year.
  • A lot of manufacturers add HFCS to foods that would not typically contain sugar to extend it’s shelf life and enhance the flavor.

If you are trying to lose weight, or control your weight, you should aim to eat less HFCS as well as other ADDED sugars like table sugar and other sweeteners like equal, stevia, etc.

To read more about HFCS check out this article: Does High Fructose Corn Syrup Make You Fat?

So what you think, what is your opinion on HFCS?

Photo by Gianna Ciaramello on Unsplash


You ever wish you knew what it was that you were eating that’s preventing you from losing weight? Do you wish that you knew the exact recipes that would flip that switch and allow your metabolism to turn on? I can help you with that! Send me a message with your questions to get started!

 

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I went vegan for 2 weeks

Hey everyone! So my fiancé and I have decided to go vegan for 2 weeks. I chose 2 weeks because it seemed like it only 2 weeks based on a documentary I watched on Netflix called “What the Health” to show any benefits. 2 weeks is actually a short amount of time too. I see that there may be additional benefits without consuming animal products or dairy. Some benefits include:

  1. Reduces the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  2. Lowers cholesterol
  3. Lowers blood pressure
  4. May reverse prostrate cancer if in early stages
  5. Reduced saturated fats since you’re not eating any meat
  6. Lower BMI
  7. More energy
  8. Weight loss

I’ll post my journey on this blog. I purchased Silk nut milk that comes with 10 grams of protein and I also bought Musclepharm’s new like products which includes organic plant based protein and even a vegan pre-work out. Stay tuned!

Working Out On Your Period

Ladies, do you work out when you first get your period, or do you just want to Netflix and chill with a heating pad and snickers bar? I choose the latter for the most part. Usually when I start my cycle, my lower back hurts, I have cramps, I am irritable and I feel really weak. Of course, feeling all these makes you not want to work out at all. Sometimes I decide to work out when I first start my cycle and I actually feel way better after. The only thing that doesn’t really change is my lower back pain so I choose not to work out my back or do any exercises that with make my lower back sore. When I work out, my cramps take a back seat and my body forgets that it’s in pain because it’s pumping blood to the rest of my body when I exercise.  I am still weak, so I choose to do some cardio or do light weight when lifting. At the end of the day, I come home and feel better after I exercise, but I do feel weak. I usually sleep a little longer after my work out than most days.

How do you feel when you exercise on your period? What kind of workouts do you do? Or do you take off the week when you are on your period? Leave some comments and let me know.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Hello there!

I have had a few friends ask my why I take apple cider vinegar. I did my research and found that apple cider vinegar has a lot of benefits. One of the main reasons I started taking apple cider vinegar was because my digestion sucks and I read that this helps with digestion. At first I did not take it consistently but once I started I noticed I was able to go to the bathroom more than once a day. I also noticed that I did not get bloated after I ate meals with a lot of carbs, or in general.

This is my OWN experience and I know there are other amazing benefits to apple cider vinegar.

Not only did apple cider vinegar help me with my digestion, but the lower belly pooch that I have, to me, seemed like it was getting smaller. Everyone retains fat in different areas, my area is basically my hips, my butt, and my lower belly. I did notice it started getting smaller. This is my experience and it may be different for everyone else.

I also noticed that I stay fuller longer when I take apple cider vinegar but not bloated. It helps with appetite suppression. I am not someone who wants their appetite suppressed but it helps when I can’t get too food quick enough so I don’t feel as hungry. I don’t take apple cider vinegar to “lose weight” or “get skinny”, I take it as part of my healthy lifestyle. I have my occasional cheat meal, but at the end of the day taking apple cider vinegar will not help your lifestyle if you eat like crap or don’t take care of yourself. I usually do 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 8 oz of water or more.

These are a few reasons why I take apple cider vinegar. What’s yours?

Also, if you decided to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet make sure it comes with the mother, raw and unfiltered. apple cider

Supplements

IMG_1318Below are some of the supplements I take and will start using. These supplements are just that, supplements, they are not meant to help you lose weight faster, or get skinny etc. Having a good diet and exercising regularly go hand in hand. I will post a detailed description of each product and how it’s supposed to work. Stay tuned.

Food for thought

The only people who can effectively (and naturally) build muscle and lose fat simultaneously are newbies who have a fair amount of fat to lose and people who used to be in great shape and are now getting back at it (“muscle memory” allows you to rapidly regain muscle you once had).
Excerpt From: “Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body” by Michael Matthews. Scribd.

Sugar!

How much sugar are we supposed to consume a day? More than 70% of Americans eat over 22 teaspoons a day of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends to stay healthy men should consume only 36 grams or 9 teaspoons and women 25 grams or 6 tablespoons of sugar. 

Here is a chart I got from Daily Burn that shows how much sugar we may be consuming daily.  

 

Dedicated to my partner

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You find the perfect person then you find out they also love to live a healthy lifestyle, love to lift, are motivated, have so much drive and push you to your limits. This is dedicated to my partner in everything and I am the happiest girl in the world that he also loves fitness! It’s always great to have a gym buddy but when its the love of your life. It’s even better! Who’s your partner?!