Know What’s In Your Food
The average person doesn’t take the time to inspect the nutrition labels on food products. Performing this task is time-consuming and it can become quite annoying in a crowded supermarket. Yet it is a necessary task. If you don't put forth the effort to study exactly what is going into your body, you'll end up consuming much more sugar than you assume. Start inspecting those food labels and you will be surprised at just how much sugar is in a lot of these allegedly healthy foods.
Sugar Has Addictive Properties
The problem with consuming sugar is that it is nearly as addictive as some soft drugs. While food scientists have stopped short of claiming that sugar is just as addictive as drugs or alcohol, there is no doubt that it is addictive. Once we start eating sugar-laden foods, it is difficult to stop. Few people can limit themselves to just one handful of sweets because sugar alters the brain chemistry in a manner that resembles addictions to drugs and alcohol. To put it simply, sugar makes our brains go bonkers. When we consume sugary foods, our brains release a euphoric chemical called dopamine. Those who do drugs like heroin do so in a quest for a similar dopamine rush. While dopamine levels do not surge as much when someone eats candy as they do with heroin, the high is still achieved.
Where Sugar Hides
You might be under the impression that your allegedly healthy range of foods does not provide a sugar high. Unfortunately, this might not be the case. Nowadays, there is hidden sugar in foods that are marketed as “light,” “healthy” or “nutritious.” Food manufacturers sneak sugar into these foods in an attempt to keep eaters coming back for more. So, you might be getting a sugar high without even being aware that it is actually happening. The problem with consuming sugar is that it causes us to crave even more sugar to achieve that dopamine rush once again. It also reduces our sugar tolerance so that it takes more and more to satisfy our cravings.
The Downtown Athletic Club can help. We have personal trainers available to help you get in shape and eat healthier. Take advantage of all of our facilities. We have three racquetball courts, a basketball gymnasium, a Keiser indoor cycling studio, massage therapy, whirlpools, steam rooms and much more.