Hey gang – happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a good start. I’ve been working away setting up my new fitness studio, Dallas GRIT Fitness. It’s truly a dream come true, but boy is it a TON of work. Yesterday the painters started preparing the walls, we got internet installed and I made a final decision on the flooring – woo hoo! The work continues today so I’m having my friend and fitness partner in crime, Turner, fill in a guest blog post for me. I’ll be back in action tomorrow with your workout of the week. I’ll also post some pics of the progress we are making on my studio. Talk soon. Lots of luv, Brit
Guest Post from Turner Cavender, owner of Dallas Fit Body Boot Camp. Follow Turner on Instagram @turnercavender
It’s hard to avoid sugar when many common foods secretly contain loads of it.
You may already know that eating an excess of sugar will derail your fitness progress and quickly lead to an increase in body fat. To add to this fact, recent studies are proving that sugar is even more dangerous than we once thought.
According to a new study published in JAMA International Medicine, our risk of heart attack doubles when 20 percent or more of our caloric intake come from sugar. That is no joke! Knowing this, let’s uncover the 7 common foods that you may not have thought contain high amounts of sugar.
1. Fruit Yogurt
Yogurt is packaged and marketed as a diet food for women, which is outrageous. The pretty little packages may be low in fat, but just one serving contains a whopping 19 grams of sugar.
2. Pasta Sauce
This one may come as a surprise, since pasta sauce is considered to be a savory food, but alas, it has loads of sugar hiding in it. For every half a cup of store bought pasta sauce you’re ingesting 12 grams of sugar.
3. Agave Nectar
Many think of agave nectar as a free pass, since it has been so cleverly marketed as a “health food,” but sadly this sweetener is just as dangerous as white sugar. Agave nectar is 85% fructose.
4. Dried Fruit
Yes, even our fruit isn’t safe anymore. Most companies are adding extra sugar in with their dried fruit, making it as sweet as candy. Just 1/3 of a cup contains 24 grams of sugar.
5. Granola Bars
Granola bars may boast “wholesome, whole grains “on the package, but your it’s hiding a sickly sweet secret. The average packaged granola bar contains 12 grams of sugar.
6. Energy Drinks
When you need an afternoon pick-me-up, think twice before reaching for that energy drink. Mega energy drinks contain up to 83 grams of sugar.
7. BBQ Sauce
There’s a reason that those BBQ chicken wings are finger licking good…all that sugar it’s hiding. A 2 Tablespoon serving will set you back 13 grams of sugar. Start eliminating the sugar-packed foods in your diet today. Your body and your heart will both be in better shape for it.
And let’s not forget the critical role that a challenging, consistent exercise program has in your quest for good health and a fit physique. My programs are specially designed to blast fat and to build muscle in all the right places. Email me at Turner@dallasfbbc.com to get started on a fat loss program that really works. Here’s to good health!