You are working out every day at Koko FitClub. You are healthier and your body is responding to the regular exercise with extra energy and strength when you need it most. Love it, but…
What are you putting into your body?
Even if you are not actively counting calories and just aspiring to “eat healthier,” a relatively easy (and often eye opening) habit to adopt is monitoring your daily sugar consumption. As a country, we consume a lot of sugar, and much has been written recently about its toxicity and addictive qualities. If you rein in your added sugar consumption, you will truly maximize the benefits of your Koko Smartraining workouts.
Sugar can come in two forms – natural and added. Natural sugar can be found in fruits and the milk you drink. What I want you to keep a watchful eye on is the added sugar that is found in just about everything else you consume on a daily basis. Often they are sneaky – listed with names like “high fructose corn syrup,” “dextrose,” “sucrose,” etc.
*Warning* – you will be shocked to see how much added sugar is in the food you’re eating and the soda and fruit drinks you’re drinking! An average American adult consumes 92 grams (almost 400 calories) of added sugar each day.
Experiment with this for a week or two: look for the grams of sugar on ALL food/drink labels. Women, keep your daily amount of added sugar under 100 calories/25 grams a day. Men, keep your daily amount of added sugar under 150 calories/38 grams a day.
After this exercise, you won’t want to go back to your days of blind sugar consumption!
You can do this! If you have soda, sports or fruit drinks on a daily basis, just cutting these out of your regular diet will significantly cut down on both your sugar consumption and daily calories. ( The average person drinks about 450 liquid calories a day!) It is one of the simplest changes you can make to boost your Koko workout results. And an easy rule-of-thumb for label reading? If the ingredient list is long and full of things that require a chemistry degree to translate, (including various forms of hidden sugar,) just put it back on the shelf.
Getting your sugar intake under control will pay off big when combined with your Smartraining workouts. Don’t be surprised if you get a better view of all that new muscle you’ve gained by losing a few pounds or inches from your waist like I have!
Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer
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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.