HALLOWEEN & Trick or Treat are Wednesday which equals CANDY!
One of our favorite days of the year at RISE is our CANDY CRUSH workout (scheduled for November 1 in the studio) . We love it because not only will we collect all of your extra candy that you don't need sitting around your house, but also because it helps us start the conversation about sugar. Sugar has infiltrated just about every processed food that we consume. Although the definition of "processed" is variable, we do know that we we talk about what the majority of our country is eating and drinking that sugar is at the top of most nutrition labels.
The compound effect of sugar in America is known to be another contributor to increasing rates of obesity, metabolic disease, diabetes, heart disease and more. What can we do? A: read nutrition labels with a critical eye and understand the basics about sugar. Dive in deeper below.
1. Not all sugar is BAD! Some sugar is naturally ocurring, and as endurance athletes know, we need simple carbohydrates often in the form of sugar to keep us going past 60 minutes! Fruit has natural sugars in the form of fructose, dairy has natural sugars in the form of lactose, and natural sources of carbohydrates have sugar in them (but they are complex sugars that are also counteracted by the dietary fiber that comes with it. Sweet potatoes and squash are a great example of this).
2. If other foods show sugar in the nutrition label (i.e. honey, maple syrup, agave, dextrose, corn syrup + 100 other sneaky names for sugar), it has been added to improve flavor. Consuming added sugar is wasted, empty calories that can prevent weight loss or cause weight gain in the first place. Controlling processed foods and thus added sugar will help you to lose weight and/or maintain your goal weight.
3. How much added sugar should you aim for daily: stay below 24g of ADDED sugar daily (not counting naturally occurring sugars such as fructose and lactose). To give you some perspective, 1tsp of sugar = 4g.
SEE YOU THURSDAY FOR CANDY CRUSH - BRING IN YOUR CANDY! The more garbage bags we fill, the fewer sprints and burpees we do.