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Jackie Warner Thinks You're Addicted to Sugar

Jackie Warner on America's Sugar Addiction

Trainer Jackie Warner may promote two cheat meals, but she is not a fan of sugar.

Our addiction to the sweet stuff is one reason Jackie feels "people are heavy and sick in this country" adding that "sugar is snuck into every food since the day they were born and we are complete addicts even if we don't know it." And by sugar Jackie doesn't just mean the white granulated stuff found in cookies and cupcakes, but refined carbs too. "Everyone has to understand that bread, crackers, croutons, things like that, that's sugar. As soon as it's in your system it processes straight to sugar then straight to fat."

Jackie feels the "body is a beautiful machine." Feed it the right foods and it will start to balance out and run perfectly. Eating clean for her just means using common sense, and she strongly suggests adding at least three veggies and two fruits to your daily meal plan. Also add good fat to your plate, like avocados as "these are major fat burners," and lean protein — "free range of course."

When I asked Jackie how long she thinks it takes to break the sugar addiction, she answered unequivocally, "five days." And further explained "five days for the brain to break the sugar addiction and I don't mean to be completely free of it. I mean to break it so you have a decrease of cravings for it . . . I know this because when I teach my life change program "Sky Lab," by the third day of no sugar, man are these people grumpy. I can totally tell by Wednesday that they have a habit and they're craving that sugar. And then by Thursday, Friday, which is the fourth and fifth day, they completely stop that craving for sugar." To help them over that hump, Jackie serves up tons of support food — clean plates of fruit and veggies, lean protein, and healthy fats.

Do you think you're addicted to sugar?

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry
laurenislost laurenislost 6 years
On the one hand, glucose (sugar) is food for the brain, and it does help me get through my work day when I amp up on soda or energy drinks. One the other, cutting out refined carbohydrate is the quickest and easiest - probably not the most long-term way I have found to lose weight. Be dumb and skinny, or smart and fat, it is a tough choice.
jessfish25 jessfish25 7 years
I'm definitely addicted to sugar. Total carboholic over here. I agree with her 5 day rule... I definitely notice that my sugar cravings decrease tremendously when I am able to keep myself away from it for a few days.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
Nope, I am not addicted. In fact I have not eaten sugar for almost 10 years now!
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 7 years
I am 100% addicted to sugar. My diet is really clean all day UNTIL after dinner where I can't say no to ice cream, cake, cookies, or chocolate. It's like a magnet pulling me to the sweet stuff. Somehow I still manage to maintain my weight though (even though I know it's bad for me in other ways).
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
i love jacki and i really like her approach, which is essentially getting rid of processed junk! i don't think she is condoning whole grains, just grains that have been processed beyond recognition. it would probably do a lot of people good if they started watching and did something about their sugar intake.
whatwouldruthdo whatwouldruthdo 7 years
I'm totally addicted to sugar. I know it, but I have to find the motivation to do something about it.
pixiedusk pixiedusk 7 years
yes i am... thats why i have gestational diabetes... *sigh* even tho i have high sugar levels i still give in to my cravings im such a bad mother
Shadow1989 Shadow1989 7 years
I loved watching Jackie's show "Workout", about two years ago. Someone recently told me that it is still in production. I think I will try to check that out and maybe buy the DVDs! She is really such an inspiration!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I personally don't think I'm addicted to sugar. I try to avoid most processed carbs, but I don't avoid fruit or whole grains. I think what Jackie means when she says to avoid sugar is to avoid PROCESSED sugar. When sugar is present in fruit, it's combined with a lot of fiber and water, so it's handled more easily by your body. Eating whole foods is pretty much the way to go in general.
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
Right on, chloe bella. I understand the point she's trying to make, but making contradictory and misleading claims is not the way to do it. Carbs do get converted to sugar, it's true. Fruits, veggies, and whole grains are also all carbs and all get converted to sugar, and ANY calories in excess are converted to fat, regardless of what they started as. I'm all for promotion of healthy foods, but it should be done truthfully.
guavajelly guavajelly 7 years
I agree with this! All forms of Sugar need to be monitered in everyone's diet especially those with blood sugar disorders. Multi grain bread is probably good in moderation because the fibre in it slows down the release of sugar in the blood stream etc plus fibre is great for the body. I would love to curb my sweet tooth and carb tooth, maybe I'll try some of these tips!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I agree that refined carbohydrats (white bread) are converted to sugar in the body. However, I really wish people would stop promoting the false, Atkins diet-based myth that bread and carbs turn "straight to fat." That's just not true, and I'm kind of surprised it's published on FitSugar. I agree that white flour isn't "good" for you, but it's not going to turn directly into fat unless you exceed your caloric limit for the day. If you eat less calories than your burn in a day, the food you eat will not be converted into fat regardless of whether it consists of carbs, protein, or fat.
AlexiaJJ AlexiaJJ 7 years
No reason to adopt this type of extremist approach, besides what qualifies Warner to be advicing on so-called "addictions" and diets in general? The human body has by evolution adapted to use carbohydrates as it's main fuel source, with fatty-acids providing energy for endurance activity. Thus it is important to have carbohydrate intake that is balanced with ones daily activity-level, nothing more nothing less. Casting carbohydrates as an addictive substance is highly misleading and out of tune with virtually all scientific literature.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
Haha, I agree teacupkat! I love bread. I don't think I'm addicted to sugar, I hardly drink soda.
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