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Sugar and its effect on body composition

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 07, 2013 at 12:40 PM

It seems that a lot of you guys belive that sugar makes you gain fat. However, science shows that for a healthy, active individual (one that does not have insulin related issues), sugar has the same effect as an ordinary, dietary carb would. So what's the big deal? Why stress over sugar? :P

What actualy effects body composition is the calories.

EDIT: I've tried my best to port the original post to actual English. @greymouser

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 20, 2013
at 02:31 PM

@crightfunnylol - I know we discussed a language barrier before, but I think my answer above was pretty clear this time. I can't imagine a better example than training with jellybeans or training with sweet potatoes. If you think they are the same, then by all means use the jellybeans or candy, as they are less expensive. Saying "sugar is a carb" doesn't add much to the discussion, as starches and fiber are also carbohydrate types. For your own health and training efforts, I do strongly suggest eating real, whole foods instead of sugar, but it's your prerogative to eat whatever you'd like.

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on April 20, 2013
at 11:55 AM

greymouser, you seem not to understand that food sources do not matter and that what really affects body composition is rather the total calorie intake and macronutrients. sugar is a carb last time i checked. and so weather i eat tlb sugar or a peace of fruit, the change in bodycompositon would not be anydifferent(the only difference would the the MICRONUTRIENTS)

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on April 09, 2013
at 10:05 AM

weather the sugar comes from fruit or pure processed white sugar might i add

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on April 09, 2013
at 10:00 AM

the point i was trying to get across, is that yes carbs and sugar might not be processed in the body in the same way, but 100 gram of carbs will have the same affect on body comp, that 100 grams of sugar would, and the latest nutrional science supports that claim. that is all. i know this goes against all paleo concepts and low carbers(witch, i guess you are not) mentality but it is just straight up facts.

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on April 07, 2013
at 10:44 PM

sugar in fruit is sugar isnt it?, all to say that when i track my calories qnd macros, i track the sugar as carbs, that all:) and bro science is pretty damn hard on paleohacks, wouldnt you agree?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on April 07, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Yeah. I think sugar and carbs might be getting a little mixed up here. Regardless, it is still possible to be ripped while eating sugar. It's just a matter of portion, rest of the diet, exercise, etc...

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 07, 2013
at 09:03 PM

I'm also curious if @crightfunnylol think people here eat zero carbohydrates? That might be the main misunderstanding that's going on. Rest assured many (most?) of us eat plenty of carbohydrates.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 07, 2013
at 09:02 PM

Did you just "bro" me as in "broscience"? LOL. You need to read my answer below again, and carefully. You keep talking about "eating sugar" and "eating fruits and vegetables" as if there were interchangeable foods. They are not.

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on April 07, 2013
at 06:54 PM

also @ DH and tturna

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on April 07, 2013
at 06:51 PM

i suggest you read on the lastest scientific articles, brooo

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on April 07, 2013
at 06:50 PM

@greymouser, weight gain is dictaded by net calories intake, if you look at bodybuilding circles, tones of guys are using flexible dieting(IIFYM) and are getting ripped out of their mind while still being able to eat LOTS of sugar... because they simply fit it into your macronutrients as carbs. in 2013, anybody using the word sugar and glycimic index as a catch up term should not give any nutritional advice. your about 10-15 years behind the latest nutritional science and physiology. there is not a very big difference between sugar and starches in therms of overall body composition.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:13 PM

@GreyMouser - I didn't mean you! :) You were sarcastic but not outright mean telling them to STFU. I meant DH.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:07 PM

@crightfunnylol you need to read a broader variety of scientific articles. If you are trying to get fat, sugar is the #1 thing to eat. However, this doesn't mean that whole foods like fruits and vegetables are to be avoided. Your making a jump in logic that most would not.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:05 PM

Yeah, I figured that out after I made that comment; that's why I took the time to fix up OP's post. I should've deleted that comment after, which I did now.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:02 PM

You said "sugar". ;-) This is why it's important to talk about food when you talk about eating, and nutrients when talking about chemical or body processes.

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on April 07, 2013
at 04:15 PM

of course not, i did not mention it but i eat lots of fruit, and it is where most of the sugar i consume comes from

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on April 07, 2013
at 04:14 PM

hahaha thank varelse :), how am i completely wrong if science supports the fact that sugar is a carb and it dont make you fat?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on April 07, 2013
at 04:08 PM

Don't be mean! Crightfunnylol is French and is doing the best they (not sure of gender, sorry) can with English. It's a lot better than I would be able to do with French, so unless your French is better than mine and is also better than their English and you want to translate posts for them, YOU should STFU.

717ac8a668eec6c024186d46ff30b3c3

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on April 07, 2013
at 02:07 PM

As far as I remember from "Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Dr. Lustig" speech, the metabolism of sugar (both sucrose and HFCS) requires different and more complex cycles from other carbs. That's why its impact on the body composition can't be explained only from a caloric point of view.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 07, 2013
at 01:51 PM

English. Do you speak it?

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

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on April 07, 2013
at 01:09 PM

its not even a question. you're completely wrong. now stfu

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 07, 2013
at 01:53 PM

Quality -- eating "sugar" versus eating fruits or potatoes -- and quantity (as a ratio) -- eating a piece of wheat toast or snickers bar versus a sweet potato or baked yuca -- has a greater effect on body composition than just sugar or calories.

When people say "calories don't matter!", they're trying to say "Quality and type of food matters just as much as total caloric intake." And this seems to be something that science agrees with.

If you justify eating jelly beans because the eating of them fits some arbitrary total caloric intake, then that is your prerogative.

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on April 07, 2013
at 04:15 PM

of course not, i did not mention it but i eat lots of fruit, and it is where most of the sugar i consume comes from

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 07, 2013
at 05:02 PM

You said "sugar". ;-) This is why it's important to talk about food when you talk about eating, and nutrients when talking about chemical or body processes.

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on April 20, 2013
at 11:55 AM

greymouser, you seem not to understand that food sources do not matter and that what really affects body composition is rather the total calorie intake and macronutrients. sugar is a carb last time i checked. and so weather i eat tlb sugar or a peace of fruit, the change in bodycompositon would not be anydifferent(the only difference would the the MICRONUTRIENTS)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 20, 2013
at 02:31 PM

@crightfunnylol - I know we discussed a language barrier before, but I think my answer above was pretty clear this time. I can't imagine a better example than training with jellybeans or training with sweet potatoes. If you think they are the same, then by all means use the jellybeans or candy, as they are less expensive. Saying "sugar is a carb" doesn't add much to the discussion, as starches and fiber are also carbohydrate types. For your own health and training efforts, I do strongly suggest eating real, whole foods instead of sugar, but it's your prerogative to eat whatever you'd like.

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