I’ve counted calories, i’ve run triathlons, I’ve generally tried to exercise regularly but all my adult life I’ve struggled with my weight. Currently I’m about 28 BMI.
For a while I thought the answer was in high fructose - and I guess it might still be - but I think the penny has finally dropped.
In terms of what goes in my mouth knowing the calories isn’t enough - I need to know the sugar content!!
The point is it seems we’re (or maybe me) starting to properly understand that, at a level way below a daily norm of calorie intake (2500/2000), if we are consuming too much sugar something kicks in (insulin?) and that sugar intake turns to fat…
In other words you can consume below your daily weight maintenance calories and you will put weight on because of what you ate.
So for me now it’s about keeping an eye on overall calories - and I’ve been pretty good at that which has added to my frustration, but I absolutely have to reduce my sugar intake by reading every label - seems I have to aim for 30g a day, and sugar can be called a whole bunch of things on the labelling:
glucose sucrose maltose corn syrup honey hydrolysed starch invert sugar fructose molasses
I had no idea there was so much sugar in takeaway food or ready meals, even some breads - though the real, real killer is soft drinks.
I’m actually pretty excited that I have something to work with that makes sense because there is nothing more frustrating than trying hard and just not understanding what’s going wrong
Anyone want to comment on how I’m now thinking about this stuff?