It turns out that too much sugar not only makes you fat…it can also adversely affect your memory and ability to learn. According to a study conducted by scientists at UCLA, too much fructose interferes with insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and store sugar in the body. Your body’s ability to use sugar efficiently is necessary to effectively process thoughts and emotions. It can be argued, therefore, that sugar has as much of an impact on your mind as it does on your body.
I have never been much of an extremist when it comes to nutrition. My wife and I do not keep a lot of sweets in the house but I cannot say that we don’t have the occasional scoop of ice cream. With that said, I have always believed that for a diet or fitness regimen to be successful and sustainable, it has to consist of a relatively simple lifestyle change…one that can be maintained for a lifetime. This is why I have argued against diets such as the HCG Diet. These diets offer effective short-term results; however, unless you are willing to change the way you eat after the weight is lost or after you have reached your fitness goals, you will eventually revert to your starting point (if not worse than you were to begin with).
Therefore, I would never suggest that you should not have anything with sugar in it again (unless you have the willpower to pull it off). Most likely, you would throw up your hands in frustration and say, “I just can’t do that!” What I am suggesting is that your sugar intake should be reasonably moderated. This is critical for our kids since we are establishing the patterns and habits for their future. Maybe we can all be a little smarter in the process!