I guess the first thing to know about sugar is that it isn’t all bad.
Natural sugars, the ones that appear in fruit and milk, for example, are healthy and fine to eat, as long as you eat them in moderation. The real problem with sugar is when it is consumed in excess.
In today’s society we have all been trained to want and need sugary foods, from the provocative advertising campaigns to eating foods we don’t realize contain excessive amounts of sugar, and as a result we become addicted to the flavor and the sugar itself.
The second thing to know about sugar is that we don’t need it in our diet. If you give up sugar, except those that naturally occur in foods, you will notice a massive difference. In fact, you will notice that five things will happen to you when you give up sugar.
1. You will have more energy
Despite the idea that we long for sugar to boost our energy levels, the opposite is, in fact, true. By avoiding sugary energy drinks and other unnatural sugars, you will see a noticeable difference in your natural energy levels. This is because the sugar is stopping your body from keeping your energy at a high and means you won’t experience any more of those ups and downs you feel with artificial energy drinks.
2. You will maintain a healthy weight
As we’ve already touched on, by eating sugar you crave more sugar. This isn’t an issue per se, the issue is really the foods that these sugars are present in, that is high-carb and high-fat foods. Sugar-based foods have usually been processed and worse than sugar contain other chemicals and products that are both terrible for your health and your weight. If everyone cut out soda from their diet and replaced it with water they would reduce their calorie intake by over 200,000 or 60 pounds a year. The only exception is fruit.
3. You will have healthy internal organs
It sounds a bit dramatic, but I guess it is. Your insides don’t need sugar to function healthily, they need fiber. By taking sugar out of your diet, you finally allow your stomach and bowel to digest food properly, and efficiently. The result is that you find yourself heading to the bathroom more frequently, which, by the way, is a very good thing for your body’s insides.
4. You won’t actually crave sugar anymore
According to brain scans, sugar is as addictive as cocaine. But because you really only crave sugar when it’s in your system, once you stop eating sugar you won’t have the urge to eat it anymore. In fact, because your body won’t be used to the taste and effect of sugar you may even find that fruit is too sweet for you, or at least, sweet enough.
5. You will have better skin
Creams, lotions, and cleansers won’t’ relieve your skin of acne by themselves, in order to improve the condition of your skin for good you need to remove sugar from your diet.
Sugar has been linked to skin irritation and once you quit sugar you will see a difference in the health of your skin within a few weeks.
It may be easier said than done to completely remove something you have eaten for most of your life, so the best way is to slowly cut back on sugar by assessing what you are eating and how much sugar you consume a day. If more than 5% of your daily calories come from sugar than you need to make a serious change. It usually takes about three weeks to stop feeling the urge, but once you get past this difficult period you will start to see the benefits of the change.
By Charlotte H.