Dr. Albert Simeons knew that sugars and starches were dangerous for a person's health many years before it become widely known and accepted, and he eliminated them from the HCG diet with good reason. Sugar and starches are now known to cause several serious health problems and contribute to obesity. There are some lesser known facts about the dangers of sugar that we will discuss in this article. Although the HCG diet only requires you to eliminate sugar and starches from Phase 2 and Phase 3, even after the diet is over you should be careful when you are re-incorporating them back into your diet. At Nu Image Medical we provider you with an HCG diet food delivery program to make your food selections while on the diet easy and to reduce your chance of consuming sugar or starches while on the diet. Get more information on our HCG diet food delivery program here.
If you re-incorporate sugar and starch too quickly into your diet after the HCG diet is over, you run the risk of regaining some of the weight that you lost. Several studies have shown that sugar is actually toxic and is dangerous to consume on a regular basis. High consumption of both sugar and starches leads to diabetes and other major health problems, and most nutrition experts and physicians recommend that you limit your intake of sugar, even if you have a normal BMI and are not obese. Sugar and starches are converted into fat quickly because the calories that are not burned right away are stored as fat. Research has shown that sugar does more damage to the body than previously thought, and it damages the body in several different ways.
Sugar increases your risk of several illnesses
Sugar in particular has shown to be very dangerous to a person's health when it is consumed on a regular basis. Not only does sugar increase your risk of gaining more fat, it can also increase your risk of developing several different illnesses. The sugars that are added to desserts, processed foods, drinks, cereal, sweetened dairy products, and other products are more dangerous than natural sugars, and although you should limit your intake of natural sugars, particularly from juices, it is white sugar and processed sugar that can be dangerous to your health. Sugar increases your risk of developing illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and several others. By controlling your intake of sugar or eliminating it, you will reduce your risk of developing those illnesses substantially compared to a person who consumes it on a regular basis.
Illnesses related to sugar intake include the following: dental diseases including gum disease, osteoporosis, cardiovascular illnesses such as heart disease and stroke, obesity and diabetes. Consuming sugar regularly leads to the development of insulin resistance, which is correlated with Type 2 diabetes. Also, having diabetes increases a person's risk of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, infections, kidney disease, and hypertension is also correlated with diabetes. Sugar is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, and it has been linked to the development of high blood pressure in several animal studies. Other studies have shown that people who consume high levels of sugar had up to a four fold increase in their chances of having heart attack, and the study included over 40,000 people.
Starch is also potentially harmful depending on the type
Starch breaks down into glucose, and foods that are high in starch can be harmful, but it also depends on the type of food. Some foods that are high in starch are more easily broken down because they are processed before they are eaten, which reduces the work that the digestive system has to do. Some examples include white flour, white rice, most cereals, and other processed grains. Grains in their natural state such as brown rice and whole grain cereal have starches that are broken down much more slowly, and some of their starches never break down at all. Whole grains are much better to consume than foods with processed starches, and although the HCG diet forbids starches, once you pass Phase 3 you can start consuming some starches in moderation.
The key is to pick the right starches, and one useful tool is to look at the glycemic index of a particular starch to determine how quickly it will break down. Different types of pasta and whole grains will have different glycemic indexes, and the starches you eat should have a maximum of glycemic index of 60. Legumes and certain whole grains such as barley, oats, brown rice, rye, quinoa, and whole wheat are considered "low GI" foods, and you should consume these starches in moderation if you decide to eat starches after the HCG diet is over.
Potatoes, many types of cereal, white rice, and red potatoes have high glycemic indexes and these foods should be avoided as they can cause a spike in blood sugar similar to foods with high levels of sugar and cause similar health problems. Low glycemic index foods are absorbed much more slowly and won't cause the insulin spikes that high glycemic index foods do.
The best thing to do is eliminate sugar from your diet
During HCG Phase 2 and Phase 3 you will not be able to consume sugar if you are following the protocol strictly. Since your sugar intake will be limited, you will likely have a reduced appetite for sugar, and HCG also resets your metabolism and appetites to normal, so you won't be as hungry as often and won't need to satisfy your cravings with sugar and starches after the diet is over. Once the diet is over it will be easy for you to continue to eliminate sugar from it as you won't have the cravings, and you will already be used to eating food on a daily basis without it.
You should also continue to eliminate artificial sweeteners from your diet, and do not substitute artificial sweeteners for sugar, with the exception of the natural sweetener stevia. Replacing sugar with stevia and natural sources of sugar such as fruit will eliminate your risks of developing chronic illnesses. In the United States over 60% of the population is overweight, and a major reason why is the excess consumption of sugar. On average, Americans consume over 600 calories per day of foods that have sugar added to them, including high fructose corn syrup and other sources.
High fructose corn syrup in particular is commonly found in many founds because it is an inexpensive sweetener, but it has a wide range of extra toxicities and health issues associated with it that are not found in regular sugar, so it should definitely be avoided in addition with sugar. When it comes to starches, you have to use your discretion and pick starches with a low glycemic index, but you won't need to totally eliminate them from your diet as long as you can eat low GI starches without major problems. Get more information on the foods allowed on the HCG diet and find out how to get started on the diet here.