Why You Should Eat Sugar

Why You Should Eat Sugar (1)

Why You Should Eat Sugar (1)Ahh Sugar! Sugar is BAD!! We have all been told, eat less sugar, stay away from sugars, eliminate or start cutting back on sugars. Eating too much sugars is one of the causes for obesity, heart disease and diabetes. For me it is also a scary thing because I had gestational diabetes when I had my daughter as well as my family history with diabetes. No wonder most people are scared of it.

Recently I learned some new science that shows Why You Should Eat Sugar. Getting rid of sugars completely is not only the toughest thing to do but actually unnecessary according to the experts. It can also disrupt your fitness goals. But, If you are an active woman it is a totally different story. If you are not active then this is good reason to start working out and get moving.

Watch this video below to hear about my thoughts on “Why You Should Eat Sugar.”

Why You Should Eat Sugar

The experts say you should eat sugar before, during or right after your workout because your brain and muscles need it for fuel, especially if you are doing intense or lengthy workouts. Without it you won’t be able to push as hard or go as long explains Lauren Antonucci, R.D.N a sports dietitian and nutrition consultant to the New York Road Runners. “For Active Women, Sugar is Not The Devil.” she says “It’s something to use to your advantage to become faster and stronger.”

The New Science Reveals Why You Should Eat Sugar

Without the proper fuel, your workout will suffer and so will your health. When your carb stores get depleted, your levels of stress hormones like cortisol spike. Over time, that will make you feel run down and can weaken your immune system. According to the journal of Strength and Conditioning research shows that consuming sugar can keep you from getting sick and allows you to recover from exercise more quickly and effectively.

Timing is the trick. You want to time it so that you consume some sugars at a specific time to get all the benefits. One thing I failed to mention in my video is that you want to at least be aware of the types of sugars you take in. If you are going to have some sugar make sure it’s from natural sources such as fruits.

Eat Sugar Before Exercising

If you haven’t eaten in a few hours your blood sugar will be a little low, like when you first wake up in the morning. You won’t be able to exercise as intensely. Have something that has easily digestible sugars, like a banana or even a piece of dark chocolate says Marni Sumbal R.D.M co founder of Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition. My suggestion is to have some Vegan Chocolate Shakeology, it’s my daily dense dose of nutrition perfect way to start my day.

For example that is why soccer players are able to maintain endurance, ingesting some sugars during the second half of a game when fatigue sets in, according to a review of studies published in the Journal Nutrients. The boost you get from sugar may also improve your skills, increasing your skills, increasing accuracy. But it’s not just athletes who score the benefit: Other research finds that eating sugar right before you exercises helps your routine feel easier.

Eat Sugar During Your Workout

Your body stores carbs, including sugar, as glycogen in your muscles and liver; when you exercise, it breaks them down to give you energy, explains Marni Sumbal, R.D.N., cofounder of Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition. If you are working out for more than an hour,  especially at high intensity, those carb stores can dip too low, making you tired and shaky. That’s when the easily digestible sugars like the ones in my favorite drink Shakeology can give you an assist.

If you are exercising for 75-90 minutes or more or doing like a freaking marathon you will want to have 30-60 grams of carbs per hour of exercise. Here are some great snack ideas here.

Eat Sugar During Your Cool Down

Eating protein is recommended for recovery, but carbs are critical too. They replenish your glycogen stores and cause insulin to rise, which helps shuttle amino acids, the building blocks of protein into your muscle cells. Having a food with sugar, like fruit with a source of protein, such as eggs or nuts and eat it within 30-60 minutes of cooling down.

Don’t Go Completely Off the Hook!

When you are not working out or on your rest days minimize your amounts of sugars and of course processed foods always. I am all about balance and occasionally it is more than ok to have a fun dessert. Too much processed foods kills all the hard work that you put into your workouts and all the healthiness out of the good foods you do eat. So in point make sure to eat more protein, fresh fruits and vegetables as much as possible.

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Stacia Kennedy

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