One of the key components to healing your gut is reducing your sugar intake.
It sounds straightforward:
- Read label.
- Look at sugar content.
- Replace higher sugar products with lower sugar products.
But if it were really that easy, everyone would be doing it and we wouldn’t have the obesity epidemic plaguing our country.
A couple of weeks ago I told you about The Skinny Gut Diet, and how gut health is KEY for losing weight and keeping it off. I told you that Skinny Gut Diet presents the science behind gut health in a way that everyone can understand. And more importantly, it provides an easy to implement plan for losing weight and keeping it off.
I have been working my way through the book, learning and absorbing and starting to implement the first phase of the plan called “The Get Lean Phase.” The basics of the plan are 3 fairly simple steps:
- Eat more fat (healthy fat) to reduce silent inflammation.
- Eat living foods every day to balance your gut.
- Eat protein at every meal and snack to eliminate cravings.
In general, The Get Lean Phase has been fairly easy for me to embrace. Having followed a healthy diet for the last couple of years, steps 1 and 3 were pretty much a part of my diet already.
But despite my already vast knowledge of a truly healthy diet, The Skinny Gut Diet still manages to provide me with new information. New and easier ways of thinking about my diet. And Chapter 8 of the book was one such example.
- Did you know that your body only needs the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of sugar in the bloodstream at any given time?
- Did you know that the average American consumes a minimum of 37 teaspoons of sugar PER DAY?
That’s 37 times the amount the body actually needs! Whoa!
Also, did you know that your body treats carbohydrates like sugar? Yup. So those 2 grams of sugar on the nutrition label may sound small but depending upon the carbohydrates in the food, you may actually be ingesting many teaspoons of sugar.
Plus, who the heck even knows how much a gram is anyway?
In The Skinny Gut Diet, author Brenda Watson explains your sugar intake in a way that completely demystifies hidden sugars. Her Teaspoon Tracker formula makes it so easy to calculate and track the number of equivalent teaspoons of sugar you are eating each day.
You will be SHOCKED at how many teaspoons of sugar are in common foods. A medium-sized banana actually has 4.8 teaspoons of sugar, yikes!
In The Get Lean Phase of The Skinny Gut Diet, the author recommends no more than 8-10 teaspoons of sugar (including hidden sugar) daily. This calculator makes it super simple to ensure I am tracking accurately.
To make sure I don’t forget the formula, I made a wallet-sized printable so I can carry it with me wherever I go. To print it, click the image below. A PDF will open up and it will print actual size on 8.5×11 paper. Cut it out and take it with you!
The Skinny Gut Diet is full of tools like these to help make it easy for you to stick with the diet and help ensure your success.
There is an entire chapter (Chapter 10) of POWER TOOLS that you can use to help you along the way.
- Power Tool #1: Lunchbox and Food Containers
- Power Tool #2: Snacks
- Power Tool #3: Digital Kitchen Food Scale
- Power Tool #4: Blender and Shaker Cup
- Power Tool #5: Slow Cooker
- Power Tool: #6 Daily Food Journal
- Power Tool #7: Bathroom Scale
- Power Tool: #8: Share the Skinny Gut Diet with Others
You’ll have to buy the book to learn how to implement these useful (and affordable) tools into your plans for healing your gut and losing weight!
Make sure you follow the hashtag #SkinnyGutDiet on social media for more information and to follow along with others on their journey to a healthy gut.