How Does Sugar Intake Cause Weight Gain?

sallyjackman By sallyjackman, 11th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Everyone is trying to lose weight now, probably because of the array of health issues associated even with being slightly overweight. This desire to lose weight has prompted many people to remove certain foods from their diet but there is always something that is missed – this missing link happens to be sugar!

What Is Sugar?

It's surprising how sugar sneaks into almost every food that we eat – we must go through extensive measures in order to completely remove the sugar from out food and get the most health benefits possible. It's no easy task but it is definitely worth it in the end. Throughout this article we'll be looking at what exactly sugar is, how it affects your metabolism and your weight loss or weight gain, how it's bad and how you can avoid it!

In simple terms, sugar is a pure refined carbohydrate – it is made from various different plants such as beet and sugar cane and is widely available throughout the world currently because of its popularity.

The table sugar that we add to our food is known as sucrose but there are also many other different types of sugars that you may or may not be aware of. Fructose is another popular sugar which can be found in many different fruits. In addition to this you may also be aware of glucose, a popular sugar found in honey and many carbonated beverages such as energy drinks.

How Sugar Affects Metabolism?

Sugar affects your metabolism in such a massive way not really because of the amount of calories that it has – which is 4 calories per gram of sugar. But more so because of the role it plays in the body. Sugar is a fast-acting carbohydrate (more technically known as high-glycemic) and thus is used by the body faster than average.

The fact that the energy is used so fast means that if it is not used in this period of time then it will be converted to fat and that is where the majority of our fat gains come from. Many people will also experience a sugar 'crash' because of how fast the energy is used up.

How Is It Bad?

As mentioned above, sugar can have a huge impact on our metabolism and can make us prone to have 'crashes' which can impact us for the rest of the day – or a few hours at the very least – this is terrible because it will contribute to our weight gain and slow our progress.

Sugar is one of the hardest things to avoid in regards to your diet and it can creep up almost anywhere, even if you think the food that you're eating is healthy there is a good chance that it might not be simply because it has a lot of sugar in it. Throughout the next section we'll be looking at what steps you can take in order to properly avoid sugar.

How to Avoid It?

Sugar is one of the hardest things to avoid simply because it is so prominent in almost every commercialized food that we buy. There are many foods that don't contain sugar but many people don't know how to look for these.

The best way to avoid sugar would be to educate yourself on the different kinds of sugar – we have discussed some above such as: fructose, sucrose, glucose etc. as these will be noted on the label. Make sure to check all the labels when you are buying foods and eventually you will know what foods contain sugar and which ones don't. It's important to check each food that you buy as even the same foods but different brands can have vastly different ingredients.


As mentioned above, sugar can affect your progress in a drastic way and can often be the deciding factor in whether you lose weight or gain weight. Since sugar is so prominent in many foods it can be hard to avoid it and get it out of your diet but we have mentioned some good ways in which you can do this also include it in your weight loss diet .

The next step now is to apply the information listed above and implement the techniques into your daily nutrition plan. Over time you will start to see much better results and you will even experience much more energy as you won't be prone to 'crashes' – a term used when an individual has no energy left shortly after consuming high-glycemic carbohydrates because they are used so fast.


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I am working as a Nutrition Consultant ...I just love to write on food,fitness and health..

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author avatar Etc.
11th Aug 2014 (#)

You've presented information that everyone should know about sugar. And done it very well.

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author avatar Retired
11th Aug 2014 (#)

Great information about sugar! So few people recognize that sugar is the biggest villain in the quest for health, diet, and overall well-being. The dynamics of sugar metabolism becomes obvious the older we get. The older we get the faster those extra unused carbohydrates convert to fat.

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author avatar sallyjackman
12th Aug 2014 (#)

@etc much obliged... I am genuinely feeling glad, that you're imparting your opinions with us.. It motivates me to write best..!!! :)

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author avatar sallyjackman
12th Aug 2014 (#)

@LeRain..Yeah people just take it lightly.. They must take prior concern on it.. :)

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author avatar Retired
13th Nov 2014 (#)

Well written post! Sugar really is very hard to take out of ones diet, but we need to at least make a concerted effort to do so. This article was very helpful in understanding what sugar is and how it affects the body.

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