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Is sugar worse for your waistline than fat?

Is sugar worse for your waistline than fat?

The sugar-free, carb-free, and fat-free diets are being bandied around like nothing before, especially now there’s a heightened awareness of how much bad stuff lurks in the likes of processed foods.

But if you choose to go strictly sugar-free, then you’re omitting fruit from your diet, as well as all the processed rubbish. If you choose to remove fat from your diet then you need to make a choice whether you still consume “good fats” that can be found in the likes of avocados and nuts.

Eating both fat and sugar together is a sure fire way to put on weight, and on their own, depending on how much you are consuming can lead to an increase of weight – this is certain to happen if you eat too much of anything.

There are certain benefits to cutting sugar out of your diet. By doing so, the choices you make in everyday life will more likely be healthy. You will most likely have to ditch pretty much anything that comes in a jar or a packet. You’ll eat more vegetables, nuts and proteins, all of which are good for a healthy balanced diet.

Try and cut fat out of your diet and you may find this harder to manage. Good fat, which is the unsaturated variety, as I mentioned before, is found in all number of healthy foods – coconut oil, avocadoes, nuts, oily fish, and these all contain important minerals, nutrients, and the fats themselves to contribute to a healthy body.

The fat you need to cut out is the saturated fats found in the likes of sticky buns, chocolates, crisps, and processed foods. And guess what – there’s sugar in those as well.

So in reality it’s hard to judge the two in isolation. Sugar and fat together in foods is a bad combination. This will no doubt contribute to a poor diet and an increased waistline.

So what should I ditch, sugar or fat?

On balance, sugar should be the one to go. Cut out all fats and you end up cutting out the good stuff, but by cutting out sugar – well actually, you’ll probably find yourself eating healthier overall. There is no benefit to your health to be found in processed sugar. Although don’t ditch the fruit – it contains naturally occurring sugars, fructose - rather than glucose which elevates the bodies insulin levels. Fruit contains fibre, vitamins and minerals, all vital for good health. 

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.