Sugar, in various strains or forms, is found in many different foods. Research has shown that processed sugar is extremely bad for your health, and it can lead to a myriad of negative effects including weight gain, diabetes, liver issues and an increased rate of obesity. Sugar is the number one culprit for added calories and metabolic issues, so cutting it out of your diet is a great step to healthy weight loss and reforming your diet.
It's a hard journey, and many people find it extremely difficult to go from a diet with sugar, to completely clean. However, there are some measures to assuage the struggle. Here are five key tips.
DO IT GRADUALLY
Waking up one morning and deciding, "nope, no more sugar for me" is the worst thing you could possibly do. Your body is going to receive a drastic crash, and dips in your energy levels are one of the most common side effects experienced. In order to alleviate that, and the crankiness to come with it, approach this with the mindset that you're gunning to gradually eat less sugar, not no sugar from day one entirely. Cut out the more obvious sugary sins in your diet, like canned drinks, or junk food. Steadily move on to eliminating sugars you're used to consuming, like that in your morning beverage, having sugary foods for breakfast, or your daily dessert. This slow tapering off will allow your body to acclimatise, and it'll be a far more pleasant undertaking.
EAT NATURAL WHEN POSSIBLE
Food swaps are a great option to be more aware of your diet. If you have a sweet tooth, try consuming natural sources of sugar instead. Honey and agave are fantastic swaps for white sugar, but try to limit your consumption of these eventually. Instead, opt for fresh fruit to satiate your need for sweets. They're a far more nutrient-rich source, with vitamins and fibres to keep you full while improving your digestive health. Fruits with a lower sugar load like berries are ideal.
READ YOUR NUTRITION LABELS
Low sugar doesn't mean no sugar. Be familiar with the different variants of sweeteners that can be found in a food product, like high fructose corn syrup and aspartame. Learn to spot them in an ingredient list, and put foods that contain it back on the shelf. It's an easy way to curb the stash of sugary foods in your kitchen, and you'll save money too!
EAT HEALTHY FATS
Foods rich in omegas and fatty acids are a godsend when you're on a low-sugar diet, as it helps regulate your blood sugar. These category of food also makes for great snacks. Think almonds, avocados, olives and the like. They tend to make you feel fuller for longer, kicking your sugary cravings away. Food with healthy fats are also extremely beneficial for heart, skin and hair health.
IT'S OKAY TO CHEAT, BUT BE DISCIPLINED
Unless you surround yourself with a coven of sugar-free disciples, it is hard to maintain a sociable lifestyle on a no- or low-sugar diet. Some days, you can let loose a little. Give yourself some leeway to enjoy a scoop of ice cream, or a slice of chocolate cake during the weekends. Treating them as a luxury to be enjoyed also makes every bite all the more enjoyable. Some people who've gone on a no-sugar bend also claim that foods with sugar taste far too sweet once they've gone down the sugar-clean route. This might work out for the best too.
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