Does Sugar Make You Fat?

Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Have you ever wondered if sugar is making you fat? Is it the sweet treats or the greasy food that makes us pile on the pounds?

Well the answer is here - and you might be surprised to learn that it's not the fat making you fat - it's actually the sugar (and it's also one of the reasons I developed my 21 Day Sugar Detox Program). So why does sugar make you fat?

Sugar makes you fat in the following way:

  • Sugars are made up of glucose and fructose.

  • The fructose can only be processed by the liver.

  • The liver turns excess fructose into fat.

  • Fructose is addictive and has no 'full switch'.

  • The pancreas secretes insulin to help the glucose reach the cells to be used as energy.

  • High insulin levels make the body struggle to burn stored fat.

Whether it's a new years resolution, or the lead up to a beach holiday, or even if you are just fed up with the way you look and feel, there are plenty of ways we can look to shed a few pounds.

There are all sorts of diets and fitness plans you could consider, but have you ever thought about simply cutting down on sugar?

If you are eating lots of sweet foods you might be putting on weight in ways that you would never know, and you could even be carrying a dangerous type of fat that you can't even see or feel.

But before we get into how we get fat, lets look at the different types of fat in our bodies.

sugar and tape measure

So when is a fat, not just a fat?

Subcutaneous fat is the fat that we can feel underneath our skin - it's the extra rolls we can get on our belly.