A Better Approach To Quitting Sugar

A Better Approach To Quitting Sugar

The best approach to quitting sugar is to eat it when you want it. The more you allow yourself to consume the foods that you feel are addictive, the more they tend to lose their excitement.

The main reason as to why we "crave" and look for sugar or feel why we're addicted to sugar is often during the times when we restrict ourselves from having it. The bottom line is to have it when you want it and to eat meals that contain all three macronutrients to dull constant sugar cravings.

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What Really Happens When You Stop Eating Sugar—and Why It’s Not a Great Plan

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Excessive Sugar Intake

The excessive consumption of sugar is linked to an increased risk of poor health outcomes such as:

  • heart diseases;
  • type 2 diabetes;
  • weight gain;
  • higher blood pressure;
  • inflammation and many more.

It's not recommended to consume sugar that is more than ten percent of your daily calories from added sugar.

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Sugar Comes in Many Different Forms

Your body is never without sugar. Even on the days, you don't "eat" sugar, your body still produces sugar, only in a different complex form.

Everything you eat - from fats to protein - will break down into sugar once we eat them. Sugar can come in the form of glucose, fructose, sucrose, or lactose.

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Sugar Detox Rules Are Vague

Those who advocate for "quitting sugar" make arbitrary rules by listing down which foods are okay to eat and the ones that they are going to avoid.

However, this then becomes a slippery slope because there's no standard to what a sugar detox entails. As time goes on, the lack of an agreed-upon definition of a sugar detox will only further misinterpretation.

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Reward Response

For many people eating a little sugar stimulates a craving for more. Sugar can lead to intense feelings of hunger.

Sugar has addiction-like effects in the reward center of the brain, causing a loss of self-control, overeating and weight gain.

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Natural Sugar and Added Sugar

Natural sugar can be found in most nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, and if you're looking for added sugar, it goes by 61 different names and it's quite hard to memorize them all.

The two most common sources for processed food sugars are sugarcane and sugar beets, but the cheapest to produce is corn syrup. Due to the desire for sweet-tasting food, there is now an overproduction of corn to satisfy the need for cheap sweets.

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The first step

Sugar is responsible for a number of medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sugar depletes your energy and can contribute to depression.

Removing sugar from your diet can make you feel better and can decrease your health risks.

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Sugar Detox: Symptoms, Withdrawal Side Effects, and How to Manage Them

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