Myths and Facts to Successful Weight Loss: All Natural fruit juices, as good as the piece of fruit itself.

Fruit Juice or Fruit, which to include in a good diet plan?Types of Food Myth 2E: All Natural fruit juices are as good as eating the entire piece of fruit itself.

Myth = Anytime a fruit has been condensed into a drink, the sugars are concentrated. This concentration of sugar increases the risk for consuming more calories and thus excess fat when compared to eating the natural whole fruit itself.

To put it another way, natural fruit juice will cause your blood sugar to spike which causes the body to produce insulin; signalling the body to store glycogen. Now, glycogen is stored primarily in the liver but also in muscles. Your body is capable of storing enough glycogen to provide reserve energy for about half a day to a full day.

So, what happens to the excess glycogen?  You guessed it, it’s stored as fat.  Excess glycogen is converted to triglycerides or fat by the liver. These fats are then transported to the adipose tissue sites throughout the body where they are stored for later use. Factors such as future caloric consumption will determine if this stored fat is used, or more stored fat produced.

The whole fruit contains lots of fiber, natural vitamins and minerals and will quench your thirst. The dietary fiber in the fruit helps balance blood sugar and promote insulin’s effectiveness. Additionally, the body uses high-fiber foods for energy instead of storing them as fat.

Now, foods being labeled “Natural” implies that they are good for us, right?  Wrong.  There is no legal meaning for the word “natural.” The FDA doest not regulate this word and just because something is labeled this way means very little. Lard, butter, sugar, high fructose corn syrup are considered natural yet too much of these natural products are not good for you.

Recently there was a press conference conducted by the group of lawyers who tackled the tobacco industry announcing that they are now going after the food industry for misleading the public with its food labels, here is the link: Food Industry Being Targeted by Tobacco Lawyers . I will be following this story with great interest!

"Health and Wellness Diet Plan Tips to Live By"My Personal Common Sense Weight Loss Diet Plan Tip: Log the number of natural fruit drinks you drink in a week and the total number of calories consumed.  It takes approximately 500 calories a day or 3500 calories a week to gain a pound.  How many calories would you be saving if you replaced all fruit drinks with water? Does the answer surprise you?

Action Step to a Successful Weight Loss Diet Plan: When thirsty, use water as your primary liquid to replenish the bodies lost fluids.  Don’t be fooled by the word “natural” on food labels.

And as always, feel free to reach out and suggest a myth to successful weight loss you may want clarified. I look forward to your feedback and words of wisdom.

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