If I were to award a single food item with the title of Fastest Way To Pack On The kilos’, hands down the winner would be refined sugar.

You know the deal – sugar makes you fat (crazy fast)

One of the reasons that your diet is filled with so much sugar is that some form of refined sugar is included in virtually every single processed food. This is yet another reason that it’s important to cut those processed GREAT TASTING convenience foods out of your diet.

Cutting sugar from your diet is easier said than done. Once it is a part of your daily diet, cravings strike, causing you to eat it even more frequently. Then you into the deadly zone of what my partner and I call, “Going Balls to the Walls”. Like instead of buying one doughnut, nope buy a dozen. Thats going balls to the walls.

Not only does it promote rapid fat storage, but here are sugar’s other dirty little secrets:

   •     Sugar Weakens Your Training System

   •     Sugar Causes Diet Resistance

   •     Sugar will make you feel like death the next day

   •     Sugar will make you feel ten times heavier after a binge

   •     Sugar Is a Results Blocker

But there is hope.

Here are 7 Ways To Crave Less of that Sugar that you’re eating that’s killing your results and keeping you from attaining your goal weight:

 1) Eat More Protein

A diet rich in protein keeps you full, satisfied and less likely to crave sweets. A great way to make sure that you are getting enough is to plan each meal and snack around a protein. Plan breakfast around eggs, lunch and dinner around fish or chicken, and make snacks hard boiled eggs, string cheese, almonds or baked meatballs.

2) Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

One of the biggest fitness myths out there is the idea that calorie-free, artificially sweetened beverages don’t impact your fat loss results. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is that the diet soda you’re sipping is making it harder for you to reach your goal weight. While the diet soda itself doesn’t contain calories, it has been proven to cause cravings for sugary foods. Put down the diet soda and instead pick up a refreshing bottle of spring water with cut up slices of cucumber.

3) Steer Clear Of Saboteurs

The sad truth is that people in your life will try to sabotage your low sugar diet. You’ll run into that pushy person at the office who insists that you eat a donut, the well-meaning family member who dishes you up a bowl of ice cream, and the friend who comes over with a plate of her home-baked cookies. The best avoidance strategy is to sincerely thank the sugar-pusher for their gift, tell them you wish you could eat it, and then blame me – your coach Garth – as the bad guy who says that you need to cut back on sugar.

4) Try Dark Chocolate

For those moments when your sweet tooth is relentlessly badgering you for something sweet, ditch the super-sugary treats and stick with a small square of very dark chocolate. Chocolate that is 70% or higher in cocoa content should be the only candy that you keep on hand. The benefit of the cocoa, in addition to the lowered sugar content, makes dark chocolate an occasionally justifiable treat.

5) Stick With Fruit

What’s sweet, colourful and comes in hundreds of flavours? Organic, seasonal, fresh fruit, of course! As you remove refined sugar from your life, feel free to add in some natural sugar by way of fresh, local fruit. It’s amazing how satisfyingly sweet fruit is – it’s truly nature’s candy. My favourite fruits are cherries, strawberries blueberries, apples and oranges.

6) Change Your Palate

As you begin to limit your intake of refined sugars, you’ll find that your tolerance for sugar decreases. This means that something that didn’t taste sweet before – say a green apple – now has uncanny depths of sweetness. What’s happening is that your sweet receptors are becoming more finely tuned, now that you’re not overwhelming your palate with sickly-sweet refined sugar.

7) Workout Like You Mean It

A regular, challenging exercise routine will not only get you into amazing shape, it also reduces your cravings for sugar. The endorphin rush brought on by vigorous exercise is an even more powerful feel-good-feeling than the pleasure gotten by indulging in sugary foods.

Hope these tips help! As always if you need I am here to help, so just reply to this email or call me anytime!

-Garth

PS: You already know I’m on the verge of announcing my new year rapid fat loss program (you are going to LOVE it), but that’s no reason to put off using these tricks today.

Have a great week and get back to me with any questions!