Can I Lose Weight and Still Eat Sugar?

If you have your sights set on losing weight, you probably know that your diet has a big part to play. To make a long story short, you’ll want to eat more whole foods (fruits and vegetables, healthy whole grains, protein-rich lean meats) and less ultraprocessed ones, especially refined carbs and added sugars. 

If weight loss is your goal, or if you’re just trying to eat healthier in general, we have good news: you don’t have to stop eating sugar completely. But it’s still worth taking a closer look at the amount and kinds of sugar you’re consuming. Let’s talk about why.

Does Eating Sugar Make It Hard to Lose Weight?

It’s true that eating lots of sugar can make it hard to reach your weight-loss goals, said Anna Kippen, a registered dietitian nutritionist at the Cleveland Clinic. “Sugar does many harmful things to our bodies, including making us crave more sugar,” Anna told POPSUGAR. These cravings occur because excess refined sugar spikes your blood sugar, she explained; when it comes back down (aka “the crash”), you feel fatigued and want to eat even more sugar.

Excerpted from Pop Sugar

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