SUGAR SMART Weight Loss Plan Explained

Friday, Aug 12, 2022 App Help, Coaches

This write-up is prepared by Head Coach Lisa, to be a quick and easy guide to understanding the SUGAR SMART weight loss plan.

 

WHO DOES THIS PLAN WORK BEST FOR?

Science has shown it – sugar is addictive! Often once you start, it can be hard to stop mindlessly munching the sweet stuff. The SUGAR SMART plan focuses on helping you kick those sugar laden foods to the backseat. This can be very beneficial to anyone wanting to really reduce their overall sugar intake and lessen the grip those foods have on your weight, and your lifestyle. If you are ready to give sugars the cold shoulder – this may be the plan for you.

Followed as intended, this plan can be significantly helpful for:

  • Controlling sugar cravings
  • Reducing your fast food intake (and your waistline)
  • Managing Diabetes, Digestive Issues, SIBO, Thyroid Issues, PCOS etc

 

HOW DOES THE PLAN WORK?

Each day you have a range of BITES to use. You have DAILY BITES calculated from your individual profile, taking into account your age, gender, height, weight and activity levels. You also have access to a bank of WEEKLY BITES and can earn extra ACTIVITY BITES should you need them. This is in addition to the items on the 0 BITE Food List. You do not need to track 0 BITE foods, but certainly can if you want to follow Calories or your Macros (Protein/Fat/Carbs). Tracking Secondary Metrics is one of the great PRO features available to members.

To help you make better meal choices – lean protein and healthy produce choices have lower BITE values, and sugary or fast foods have higher ones. Think of it as a “throttle”. You can still have those items, but they will just cost you more, giving you a chance to stop and consider if it is something you really want.

This plan’s calculations focus on:

  • Calories
  • Sat Fat
  • Sugar
  • Protein

With SUGAR SMART, you have a high number of DAILY & WEEKLY BITES in comparison to other Healthi weight loss programs. The minimum range is 30 DAILY + usually 21 WEEKLY though in some cases of older, very petite members it can go as low as 14. Both Daily and Weekly BITES decrease as you lose weight. 

ACTIVITY BITES are encouraged to be earned for fun, but not used on a regular basis in addition to WEEKLY BITES.

ZERO BITE FOODS, all foods, as shown on the list, are 0 BITES. While all foods still contain calories, these healthy choices do not need to be counted as long as they do not contain any ADDED SUGAR or OILS on the label. Use these as the base for your meals and then utilize your Daily BITES to round your meals out.

 

HOW DO I GET THE BEST RESULTS ON THIS PLAN?

NOTHING IS OFF LIMITS WITH THIS PLAN. You can still have your favorite foods but learning to choose them in moderation, make healthy ingredient swaps where you can and limit the amount of refined and processed sugars in your foods will greatly increase your chances of success.

EAT RESPONSIBLY, when thinking about your meals, a good rule of thumb is to have ½ meal come from healthy, non starchy vegetables as a salad or side, ¼ meal in the form of whole grains, starchy vegetables or complex carbohydrates and ¼ meal, a lean protein source. Sugar Smart makes choosing those proteins easier by offering them at lower BITES.

In general, focus on reducing the amount of soda, fruit juices and sweet treats you consume daily. They can still factor into your day at higher BITES or you can make the switch to a sugar free version.

REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY – To help you discover great recipes, ingredient swaps, or your next accountability buddy – join our SUGAR SMART group in the Community section of your app to see how other members are finding success on this plan. Follow us on Instagram for daily inspiration and join us on Facebook for weekly meetings.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Read the full SUGAR SMART Clinical Guide