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The Stampede Diet: The Hidden Perils of Midway Food!

The Calgary Stampede is here! Along with it a diet filled with sugary food and beverages, offering a quick and irresistible fix to our cravings. Before succumbing to the temptation consider the impact of excessive sugar consumption!


1. Weight Gain and Obesity

Sugar is calorie-dense and easy to over-consume, contributing significantly to weight gain and obesity. When consumed in large amounts, sugar spikes blood glucose levels, prompting the body to release insulin. Insulin helps to store excess glucose as fat, particularly around the abdomen, leading to weight gain.


2. Increased Risk of Heart Disease

High sugar intake has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Consuming excessive sugar can raise blood pressure and promote inflammation, which are both significant risk factors for heart disease. It also leads to higher levels of triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol, while reducing HDL (good) cholesterol levels.


3. Type 2 Diabetes

The relationship between sugar and diabetes is well-documented. Consistently high sugar consumption can lead to insulin resistance, where the body’s cells become less responsive to insulin. Over time, this can result in elevated blood sugar levels and eventually type 2 diabetes.


4. Liver Damage

Excessive sugar, especially in the form of fructose, can overload the liver, leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Fructose is metabolized in the liver, and when consumed in large quantities, it is converted to fat. This can cause inflammation and liver damage over time.


These are just a few of the effects of a high sugar diet. But let’s not take away all the fun! Choose your favourite Midway treats and enjoy them in moderation. Opting for natural sources of sweetness, such as fruits, and maintaining a balanced diet can help mitigate these risks. Maintain your workout schedule during the festivities to combat the negative effects of a high-sugar diet.


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