Are you trying to cut calories, burn fat and lose weight? One quick way to cut calories and shrink your belly fat is to give up foods that have high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as an ingredient. High-fructose corn syrup is found in more products than you might imagine.
If HFCS is one of the first items listed on the food label, don't eat that food!
Whoever came up with HFCS in the 1980s pretty much made a "deal with the devil." It is cheaper for food manufacturers than regular sugar (sucrose) so that's why you see it so much on food labels. Sugary drinks, baked goods, frozen foods and even foods like ketchup are laced with this stuff. Nutritionists point to HFCS consumption as a major player in the nation's obesity crisis. The fact that we eat HFCS is the real problem!
Why is HFCS so deadly? Here it is: the body processes the fructose in HFCS differently than it does regular sugar. It also lowers the hormone leptin in your body. Leptin signals to your brain that you're full. It also forces the liver to kick more fat out into the bloodstream (especially true with sugary drinks because they are processed so fast)! So, your body wants more and stores more fat at the same time.
Burning belly fat should be a priority for you. As we age, fat tends to settle in the abdominal area. Because of disease risks like cancer, belly fat is one of the worst areas to have body fat.
A 12-ounce can of soda has as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of HFCS! That’s poison to your system! Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard endocrinologist, who is widely cited by obesity researchers, says that sweetened drinks are the only specific food that clinical research has directly linked to weight gain. "Highly concentrated starches and sugars promote overeating, and the granddaddy of them all is sugar-sweetened beverages," said Ludwig, who runs the Optimal Weight for Life Program at Children's Hospital in Boston.
Some people drink as many as 6 sugary sodas or drinks a day! Imagine the calories that could be cut and the relief your kidneys will feel when you cut out the sugary drinks!
The increase in soda consumption mirrors this nation's obesity epidemic.