Can I Eat Sugar and Still Lose Belly Fat?
OK, so hold up. While fresh fruit is delicious, you cannot live on bananas and apples alone! Sometimes eating pie or chocolate (or both!) is a non-negotiable. Eating sugar can bring us joy and is often a part of celebrations and social gatherings. That's good for our mental health, which is equally as important as our physical health. Plus, giving up sugar entirely can feel too rigid, and could lead to binge-eating later. So, can you still eat sugar and lose belly fat?
According to the American Heart Association, women should limit added sugar intake to six teaspoons per day (approximately 100 calories). "That means on a 2,000-calorie day, sugar consumption should be 25 grams," suggested registered dietitian Anika Christ, RD, with Life Time.
Virga and Christ agree that most people know sugar is found in foods like candy and cookies but added sugars are hidden in so many processed foods. "Check food labels closely and you'll find added sugar in things like sauces, dressings, cereals, yogurt, juices, nut butters, and dried fruit," said Virga. So be on the lookout and try to limit your daily added sugar intake to 25 grams.
Dr. Tarman said to focus on whole foods that are naturally sweet like fruit and veggies to satisfy your cravings, because the less refined sugar and simple carbs you eat, the more weight you will lose.