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Every carb is digested into glucose. Yes, in the end, the cookie turns into glucose just like the cup of peas for instance. Sure, the cookie turns into glucose faster, but that’s the only difference. The cookie has a bunch of monosaccharides that are quickly metabolized whereas the peas have a bunch of oligosaccharides that take longer. The sucrose found in a pineapple is no different chemically than the sucrose in our favorite type of dessert. And high-fructose corn syrup is chemically similar to sucrose.

What is causing fattening, then you ask?

Overeating!

That is, feeding your body more energy than it needs every day, regardless of what foods are providing the excess energy. This study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14522746), conducted by researchers at the University of Hawaii, is an extensive review of sugar-related literature. Here’s a quote from the paper: “It is important to state at the outset that there is no direct connection between added sugars intake and obesity unless excessive consumption of sugar-containing beverages and foods leads to energy imbalance and the resultant weight gain.”

Overconsumption and energy imbalance are the keys here.

The more carbohydrates you eat, the more energy (calories) you put into your body. The more energy you give your body, the more energy you have to burn to prevent fat storage. You see, if you give your body a lot more energy than it needs every day, whether from excess amounts of protein, carbohydrate, or dietary fat, you’ll get fatter. This has been conclusively proven in clinical research. There is no debating this fact. And this is where we get to the actual problem with sugar intake and getting/staying fat: the more you eat foods with added sugars, the easier it is to overeat. This is especially true of liquid carbohydrates, including beverages with added sugar. If you love caloric beverages, you’ll probably stay fat forever. You can drink 1,000 calories and be hungry an hour later, whereas eating 1,000 calories of food, including a good portion of protein and fiber, will probably keep you full for 5 to 6 hours.

No matter your genetics or hormones, you can have the lean, ripped stomach you desire. And it can be easier than you ever thought possible…if you know exactly what you’re doing and why. And that knowledge begins with a physiological understanding of how “fat burning” actually works.

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