Q&A Week 2— How Sweet it is!

Mar 12, 2020

 by Gavin Burns

This month’s Motivational Monday series will be focused on Q&A. That's right! Ask me anything, and I will be choosing four random questions to answer the motivational emails you receive weekly!

So, with that being said...

What is the one thing that you are dying to know about your health and fitness? 
What is the one thing that you are dying to know about cooking healthy meals?

Email me your question(s) or shoot it over via text to (510) 409-5077.

I trust that you have been living life to the fullest and practicing getting comfortable being uncomfortable!

Today's question comes from graphic designer, Delilah Mokri.

Q: How much sugar can you get away with daily without negative side effects?
A: Great question, Delilah! Again...it depends.

We are all very diverse. We widely vary in several ways—from how many carbs we need in order to perform optimally to how sugar can affect our appetite, ability to stop eating it and hunger. We all respond differently. We behave differently around sugar. These variables all make it hard to say what specific amount of sugar is best for you or even to say that you should NEVER eat sugar! 

The 2015-2020 dietary guidelines for Americans by the USDA recommends a sugar limitation of 10% of your total intake. This means, for example, if you are consuming 2200 calories per day, that would equate to about 220 calories from sugar (55 grams). 

The basic way to go about this is to know that sugar is used by our bodies in many ways.

While sugar is not a healthy food, it alone does not necessarily cause most chronic health problems like diabetes. 

Each person responds to sugar and carbs differently. 

Like most foods, when you eat sugar in excess, it can contribute to body fat and weight gain. The struggle of kicking the sugar habit is real. With the extra energy intake from sugar consumptions lead to an increase of body fat. The following simple approaches can help:

• Just remember to learn and start with the basics.

• Know yourself and learn how your body reacts to foods like sugar.

• Maintain a healthy body fat percentage

• Know whats in your food.

• Eat consciously and stay aware of your eating habits.

• Always notice and name what's going on.

Be your own personal rockstar data tracking scientist! Remember to always keep track of how things have been working for you and assess from there. No one knows you better than you.

Be Well
Coach Chris

“Healing begins where the wound was made.” -Alice Walker