Sugar and Fat
My question would be does sugar make you gain weight?
Yes, sugar does make you gain weight. The reason for this is because your
body will only take on the sugar that it needs. The rest will either be
waste or be stored in your body as fat for times when you might need food.
This is the body's way of making sure you do not starve.
Sugar is converted into energy by rather involved chemical processes in
the body. Approximately, though not exactly, the body is like an engine.
You input fuel (sugar) which powers the body to do physical activity. But
the body has a storage mechanism built into this fuel-to-energy
conversion. If there is not enough of the fuel "burned" by physical
activity it is stored (for later use) as fat. However, the conversion from
fat back into a form that can be used to do physical activity is
chemically rather slow. This is why weight control is a long term life
style, not a rapid process that some fad diets (and overweight
individuals) would like it to be.
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Update: June 2012