Sugar is a toxic substance which is addictive in nature. In fact, in research published by scientists at Princeton University, results showed that rats who binged long term on sugar had permanent changes in their brains that were a result of the sugar intake. They also found that rats who no longer had sugar available drank twice as much alcohol as rats that weren’t exposed to excess sugar in their diets.
Not only is sugar addictive, but it is also toxic to your body. Sugar is a primary trigger to the aging process, it increases the oxidation process in the skin, increases your liver fat, irritates the lining of the arteries, tricks your body into gaining weight, increases the deposits of visceral fat (belly fat) and it increases insulin resistance. All of these are great reasons to learn how to stop eating sugar and addressing your own addiction.
You can tell when you have an addiction to sugar because your mind will be fuzzy, you’ll have headaches when you don’t have sugar, you feel like you have a hangover in the morning and you avoid getting on a scale because you don’t want to see the rising numbers.
However, trying to stop eating sugar can be as difficult as trying to stop smoking or stop taking cocaine. This means, that while you want to stop eating sugar, it won’t be easy and it will be difficult. But there are several steps you can take in order to make the process more successful.
- Identify the foods that not only have sugar in them but also act like sugar when they get in your body. You’ll be surprised by the number of foods that have sugar added, like peanut butter, salad dressings, Barbeque sauce, yogurt, fruit drinks, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, granola, jelly and jam and dried fruit. You won’t be able to completely eliminate all sugar from your diet, but you must identify the foods that have sugar and then determine which ones will stay and get rid of the rest.
*You can purchase ketchup without sugar, eat only pure dried fruit without added sugar, all natural peanut butter, make your own salad dressings, BBQ and spaghetti sauces and cut back on the granolas. Already you’ve cut out a large portion of added sugars.
- Identify the sweets you eat with sugar that must be eliminated from your diet. You may automatically reach for a can of soda, a chocolate bar or sugar coffee drink mid-afternoon for a pick me up. Instead, pack a snack high in protein and fats, like nuts or seeds, which will give you the energy boost you need and keep you full til dinner.
- Get a support group around you to help fight this addiction. Let your friends, family and groups know what you are doing and ask for their support. You’ll need them when the cravings get tough and celebrate with them when you are no longer eating and craving sugar in your foods.
By just giving up the sugars (and therefore reducing the carbs) in your diet, you’ll quickly and easily lose weight. Your clothes will be loser, you’ll have more energy and your skin will be better.
Don’t wait! It might not be the easiest thing you’ve ever done but the rewards will be phenomenal. Nothing worthwhile is ever very easy.