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10 things you should know before giving up sugar

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-things-worth-knowing-sugar-detox

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10 things you should know before giving up sugar
A friend showed up at my house this summer looking nothing short of fabulous. She's always been healthy, a runner and health-food nut, but somehow something had taken her to a whole new level of loveliness. I quizzed her to discover she'd done Sarah Wilson 's 8-week 'I Quit Sugar' programme.

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Cravings can be conquered

Cravings for sweets things may increase as you start a sugar detox. If you persist, the battle will be won in about a week.

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Deprivation tastes better with friends

If you're going to give up sugar, find some friends to detox with you. Keep each other accountable and celebrate healthy choices together.

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Strange side effects

Side effects that you might not have considered at first includes a fuzzy head, memory loss, sleep problems and some irritability.

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Sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation does not affect everyone, but if not kept in check, can become a frustrating habit.

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Sugar in everything

While it could be easy to deny yourself chocolate or ice-cream, other goods like ketchup, mayonnaise or mustard may be more difficult.

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Constant grazing

In the beginning of a sugar detox, you may lack energy and find yourself eating more frequently. As the weeks pass, you will find your energy levels returning.

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Weight loss

Giving up sugar cuts out a lot of your calories. While you focus on avoiding sugar instead of calories, weight loss happens naturally.

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Complacency can sneak up on you

When you reintroduce a little sweetness, be aware that you may battle with the internal debate of "Should I? Shouldn't I?"

Sometimes it is easier to keep to a stricter option of avoiding sugar altogether.

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Other people's reactions

It is easy to recruit others to take part in giving up sugar. People may ask you a few questions that will lead them to join right alongside you.

There could also be people that will be offended by your choice. A good strategy involves not drawing attention to yourself. For example, suddenly declining sugary food while spending time with friends.

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