You may have heard that the recommended steps in a day is 10,000, which equals about 5 miles.
(And if you actually want to lose weight you need to increase that.)
…I’m lucky if I get 4,000 steps a day.
The CDC claims that adults should have 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., vigorous walking) every week and weight training on 2 or more days. For even better benefits… they recommend 5 hours each week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (ie. jogging) every week and weight training 2 or more days a week.
Let’s talk about sugar…
Recommended intake of sugar for women is 25 grams or 6 tsp.
They recommend 9 tsp for men (And, yes, you can add that one to the list of reasons why men have it easier.)
Let’s start with coffee – My natural, organic, “only 5 ingredient” vanilla coffee cream is 5 grams of sugar per tbsp– Considering I use about 4 tbsp that’s a total of 20 grams. Now do I just have one cup? Probably not.
How about the whole grain, no artificial sweeteners, cereal I ate this morning?
A serving size is 1 1/4 cup which is 17 grams. My servings look more like 2 cups …so let’s see…..that’s 27 grams.
Let’s add 6 grams for lunch.
Oh, and what was that? I stopped at Starbucks this afternoon? (of course I did!) Add 30 grams for the vanilla latte.
Add 7 grams for dinner- (That balsamic dressing alone is 5/6 grams.)
In the evening we all like a little treat, Ben & Jerry’s serving size is 1/2 a cup at 23 grams per serving -PER SERVING!!!! So when I sit there and watch a movie and eat most of the pint (while leaving a golf ball sized ice cream ball at the bottom to maintain some dignity) thats a little over 3 servings.. A whopping 69 grams! Now, granted I only do this one once a week…twice if it’s been an especially bad week)
Oh, and the kettle corn that I’m sitting here eating while I blog, a serving is 2 cups of popcorn at 9 grams per serving. Considering I shove it into my face like I’ve been starving for a week, that’s easily 2 cups or more. So, let’s add 9 grams.
That puts me at 168 grams of sugar. Mmmm that’s kinda different than 6 grams. There are four calories in one gram. So just in sugar today I’ve had 692 calories.
It comes out to 42 teaspoons in total.
It’s time to come out of denial, so we can be stronger and healthier for our families. So we can wake up easier, work smarter, play better, and feel our best. So we can enjoy our grandchildren one day while we still feel good. The facts are sitting right there on your delicious family size bag of peanut M&M’s. Sugar is TOXIC! It is bad for your heart, it interferes with immune function, contributes to cancer, causes brain fog, it has a toxic effect on the liver, accelerates aging, rots your teeth, and is linked to early death due to a variety of different reasons.
These are all very depressing and too serious to keep ignoring. If you are already at 6 grams of sugar a day then God bless you child. If you are like me and have been using it as a crutch for decades, here are some links below to help get you off to a good start (and also to scare you even more :/ … Good luck.
** Wait!! Stop! Before you run off to eat your kale chia bar let me add a disclaimer here..
6 grams of sugar is pretty much humanly impossible for me I mean COME ON!!!! WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION!!! Have a little compassion!! But in all seriousness, I am very motivated to cut it WAY DOWN. Because as of right now, Im headed for diabeetus. (*said in the voice of Wilford Brimley)