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Sugar helps me lose weight, is this healthy?

I have the type of metabolism that tends to overeat sweets. I have body fat mostly around my waist (>40") and not much over the rest of my body. Based on BMI I am "overweight". I walk 5 miles once a week and bicycle 6 miles once a week, and work out twice a week. I'm in my late 50's. I am aware of many health risks of eating too much sugar. But I find that if I have a sugary dessert or fruit juice after a meal I am full much longer and so it is a lot easier for me to lose weight or avoid gaining weight. This effect only happens with sugar not complex carbohydrates (starchy foods). I am afraid to eat too much sugary foods because it is not healthy, but if I lose weight am I really eating too much? Is it better to be overweight and avoid sugar? I have tried low carb diets, I didn't lose weight, and the side effects are not something I am willing to tolerate. The only way I have lost weight is by restricting calories.

Otherwise I try to eat a balanced healthy diet, vegetables, chicken, fish, a moderate amount of red meat, and complex carbohydrates.

It is the opposite of what one would expect: if I avoid sugar I am soon hungry again and feel like I have low blood sugar: feel weak, shaky, "starving" I can't concentrate, I have to eat immeditely. If I eat sugar I can go for a long time before eating again and when I do get hungry it is not a crisis, I can easily wait a while before I eat again.

My question is: is it okay to have sugary desserts or fruit juice after a meal if it helps me lose weight? Or does the risk from sugar outweigh the risk from being overweight?
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replied July 19th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Sugars and other refined carbohydrates should be skipped altogether in weight loss programme. You have a sort of craving for sugar which is psychological.
Diabetes mellitus should be ruled out.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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