Personal trainer explains how hidden sugars can hurt your 'healthy' diet

Sugar is lurking in many foods, and you may not even realize it.

Kim Chalekian, a personal trainer and owner of Brick House Personal Training, joined Take2 to talk about sugar and how it affects your health.

She says many of her clients "think that they're eating a healthy diet, but many times, they're not aware of the sugar they're eating in their diets."

Some of those foods include yogurt, apples, and bananas.

The recommended limit is 25 grams of sugar per day. "So in the first meal, if you eat a banana or apple, you've already almost maxed out your sugar consumption for the day," Chalekian explained.

To avoid falling into the sugar trap, Chalekian urges everyone to check the nutritional label on products.

For example, she says, two containers of yogurt could look similar, and even be made by the same brand, but contain vastly different amounts of sugar.

Salad dressings, ketchup, and marinara sauce should also be scrutinized.

Chalekian also advises choosing foods that include more fiber.

"Like an apple will have more fiber in it than a yogurt, so an apple overall would be a better choice than the yogurt," she said. "You can subtract it from the net carbs."

The goal, Chalekian says, is not to restrict your diet, but to make educated choices.

"We're human. I want to eat my ice cream. I eat ice cream, but at the same time, I know what I'm doing, and I'm balancing it out throughout the day," she said.

Brick House Personal Training offers a Shake The Sugar Detox class.

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