Sugar is the number one contributor to obesity, cancer, diabetes and many other diseases. Refined sugar is hidden in almost everything we consume. Identifying the hidden sugars and taking steps to remove them is the most important thing you can do for yourself to lose weight and maintain health.
Sugar is the number one cause of gaining weight and not being able to lose weight. Sugar addiction is also common among many people. Sugar can be as addicting as cocaine and cigarettes!
This article will reveal many tips on effortlessly let go of the sugar habit(click for 2nd article) for a much healthier life.
There are a number of things people will tell you when it comes to dropping off those extra pounds. However one of the most important tips one needs to keep in mind while aiming at weight loss is to curb those sugar cravings.
The craving for something sweet is one of the worst habits to lose and if you're addicted to indulging in something sweet, the first thing you might have to do to get in shape is say goodbye to it. This could prove difficult at first, but there are some ways to help you effortlessly let go of the sugar habit.
So how do you do that exactly?
Recent studies have proved that sugar cravings are an addiction and if you're hooked onto sugar you need to control the cravings before it begins to ruin your health. Sugar is unhealthy and people who consume sugar in high quantities are always at the risk of various heart related issues, obesity and cancer.
The first step towards learning how to curb those sugar cravings is admitting you've got a sugar addiction. Once you know you crave for something sweet and you know you've got to get in control you can begin to actually work on the problem.
A person can lose a lot of weight by simply cutting down on their daily sugar intake. This process might take a little while, but the results stay for a long time and you can maintain the weight for a longer time.
It will be tough to cut down on sugar at first. You will most likely have strong cravings for it. If this seems like your case, I highly suggest reading the article titled “Effortlessly Let Go Of The Sugar Habit.”
To get you started, here are also a few handy tips to help curb sugar cravings.
Tip 1: Cut Down On The “Starchy And Sugary” Carbs
Starchy and sugary carbohydrates increase the sugar cravings. Cutting down on your carbs (not including fibrous ones) will help to automatically cut down on your sugar intake.
Carbs don't just add to the weight but also increase the urge for sweet foods and once you reduce the carb intake you'll see your sweet cravings get into control in no time. The best way to cut down on carbs is to measure your daily intake.
The average sedentary person should not consume more than 70-100 grams of carbohydrates in a day. The lower your carb intake, the lower your sugar craving. The best source of carbs come from vegetables.
It's always best to get your daily carb intake from vegetables or fibrous fruits. Try not to consume fruits that have high sugar content and stick to the ones that have loads of fiber.
While some people believe that they need to cut eliminate fat intake in order to lose weight, the truth is you should include fat in your diet since fat helps to control those sugar cravings and helps you feel fuller for a longer time. This is a great way to avoid those late night cookie cravings.
Your body will take a while to adjust to not consuming any sugar and this is why I recommend performing a sugar detox as shown in the article, “Effortlessly Let Go Of The Sugar Habit.” (and no you do not need any overpriced detox supplements)
Tip 2: Add More Protein And Healthy Fat To Your Diet
If you’re looking to lose weight the healthy way, then you need to make the right choices. Include good protein and fat sources such as fish, avocados, organic meats, nuts, cheese, and even supplements such as fish oil or whey protein.
Fish oil supplements work well to curb those hunger pangs and manage to keep you fuller for longer intervals. Apart from curbing those hunger pangs, fish oil is great for your brain, heart and your joints. Fish oil contains omega 3 fats that help increase the level of serotonin to help regulate your mood and appetite. This helps to cut down your sugar intake and helps you lose weight naturally.
You should also include a lot of nuts during your diet. Nuts are rich source of fatty acids and help in making you feel full for long. You can stack up a pack of nuts in your bag while you’re on the go and munch on them when you crave for a snack. You can also munch on these nuts when you crave for something sweet.
Tip 3: Use Loads Of Lime
Lime is known to aid in weight loss and break down complex fats in the body. Always try and include lime juice in your food and water since it helps to break down all the complex fat and helps you tone down your body in the best way possible. In case you've indulged in something sweet, try to have a warm glass of water with a few lemon drops.
Apart from breaking down the fat in your body, lime also works well to maintain blood sugar levels and avoids these levels to go really high.
Tip 4: Say No To Artificial Sweeteners
This might sound really weird, but yes artificial sweeteners don’t aid in weight loss in any manner. In fact these sweeteners are known to make people look bulky and large. These sweeteners also result in high blood sugar levels which promote weight gain and prevent you from losing fat.
These sweeteners are also known to cause cancer as shown in the inspiring and educational documentary series titled “Quest For The Cure.” Instead of artificial sweeteners like "Splenda, and equal" (alternatively called sucrolose and aspartame) Use natural sweeteners which studies have proven safe such as erythritol or stevia.
Tip 5: Don’t Starve Yourself
“Starving is a fast way to lose weight” -This is one misconception that you’ll need to get out of your head. You may drop a few pounds while you’re starving yourself, but you’ll gain that weight the minute you begin eating the smallest meals. Starving is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Not only does this harm your body, but it also makes you feel weak, depressed and low.
Periodic fasting (not every day), such as that shown in the book “Eat Stop Eat.” can actually be highly beneficial. Intermittent fasting has helped folks lose weight, cut down on sugar, and still eat the foods they love. You can read about “Eat. Stop. Eat.”, by checking out this article “The New “Intermittent Fasting” Way Of Life”.
If you’re looking for the best and most effective weight loss solutions it’s important for you to follow the right steps and aim at losing the weight in the right manner. This includes cutting sugar as it can be the most detrimental for fat loss success.
It might take you a short while to actually see the results with the solutions mentioned above, but these solutions will last for long time and will help you lose weight in the most healthy manner possible by working wonders for your body.
Include an exercise regime along with the diet changes for the results to work in a better, more efficient manner.
If you need help cutting down on sugar cravings, I highly suggest reading “Effortlessly let go of the sugar habit.”
These steps will help you take care of your body, remain healthy, lose weight, and avoid life altering illnesses such as diabetes and cancer.
After all, your body is your temple and you’re responsible for the way it looks. Take the basic steps outlined here to take care of yourself.
- Matt Michaels
If you've had a sugar addiction experience, let me know about it in the comment section below.